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LLOYD CENTER ANNUAL MEETING

Date: Thursday, April 27th 
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational-Technical High School, 1121 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02745

Welcoming reception from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. followed by Annual Meeting and presentation of the George G. Haydock Award.  “Energy Efficiency” presentation at 7:00 p.m. 

The Lloyd Center will be sharing exciting news regarding its new partnership with the Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational-Technical High School.  Be sure to attend as Lloyd Center leadership will provide an overview of this new and exciting relationship. You will not want to miss this important meeting highlighting the next step in the transformational effort that will enhance the Center’s ability to operate and serve our region.

Presentation: Lloyd Center Building Committee member Jeremy Dagold, of CLEAResults, will discuss the new energy codes being adapted in Massachusetts and the industry efforts to make buildings energy efficient and sustainable.  Dagold is a key part of the Lloyd Center team and the effort to prepare for a Deep Energy Retrofit of the Main Building and to construct the Welcome Center to the efficiency standards of the Passive House Institute – the most stringent in the industry. Attendees will learn about the “nuts and bolts” of energy efficiency and simple home improvements that result in energy savings. Come and participate in this informative and fun discussion about energy, efficiency and building more sustainable buildings.
 
George G. Haydock Award: Lloyd Center Executive Director Rachel Stronach and Board Chair Myrna Hall will present the George G. Haydock Award to James Sears, Ph.D. This is the Center’s most prestigious award and is presented annually to an individual, selected by the staff and board of directors of the Lloyd Center who, in the spirit and tradition exemplified by long-time Lloyd Center supporter and nature enthusiast, Dr. George G. Haydock, is deemed to have personally made a most outstanding contribution to protecting the fragile nature of our coastal environment. 

LLOYD CENTER SPRING BIRD WALK I – MIGRANTS ON THE MOVE

Date: Saturday, April 29th
Inclement weather date: Sunday, April 30th
Time: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center lower parking lot
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $3   Non-members: $5   Children under 12: $2
Limit: 10      Age limit: 10 and older

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 28th

Rise early to enjoy the Lloyd Center property and its bird life, with migrant songbirds and shorebirds passing through the region. Forest birds, shorebirds and raptors such as osprey (Pandion haliaetus) all inhabit the property and are potential sightings. We will take advantage of the variety of habitats that the Lloyd Center property offers including forest edges, kettle ponds, vernal pools, salt marsh, and estuary. Participants should bring binoculars and a bird guide if they have them.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

LLOYD CENTER SPRING BIRD WALK II – ARRIVAL OF THE NESTERS

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Date: Saturday, May 6th
Inclement weather date: Sunday, May 7th
Time: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center lower parking lot
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $3    Non-members: $5    Children under 12: $2
Limit: 10      Age limit: 10 and older
 
Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 5th
 
During this walk, the surge in bird activity continues as a more even mix of species exists including both migrants passing through and nesters establishing territories. Forest birds, shorebirds and raptors such as osprey (Pandion haliaetus) are all potential sightings. We will take advantage of the variety of habitats that the Lloyd Center property offers including forest edges, kettle ponds, vernal pools, salt marsh, and estuary.

Participants should bring binoculars and a bird guide if they have them.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Jamie at either 508-990-0505 x 23, or jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

EARTH DAY NIGHT HIKE

DUE TO WEATHER, HIKE WAS RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MAY 6TH

Date: Saturday, May 6th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Leader: Lloyd Center Staff
Price: Individual: Members: $6   Non-members: $8
Family of four: Members: $18   Non-members: $24
Limit: 15 All ages welcome

Pre-registration required by Noon, Thursday, May 4th

This Earth Day, visit the Lloyd Center for a fun-filled night hike. Learn about the animals that come out at night, the sounds that they make and explore the woods to find where these nocturnal creatures are hiding. For a fun Earth Day twist, we will also learn about ways that we can make our own backyards more interesting for wildlife visitors. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring your imagination to this action-packed night!

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Ashley at either 508-990-0505 x 14, or ashley@lloydcenter.org.

LLOYD CENTER SPRING BIRD WALK III – CHORUS IN THE TREES

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Date: Thursday, May 11th
Inclement weather date: Friday, May 12th
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center lower parking lot
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $3     Non-members: $5      Children under 12: $2
Limit: 10      Age limit: 10 and older

Pre-registration required by 12:00 p.m., Thursday, May 11th

Take a late afternoon woodland stroll, when bird activity can also be high. By this time leaves have appeared on trees making songbirds less visible, but colorful species such as the Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula) may be spotted. Breeding pairs are setting up territories and vocally making their presence known. Shorebirds and raptors such as osprey (Pandion haliaetus) are also potential sightings. We will take advantage of the variety of habitats that the Lloyd Center property offers including forest edges, kettle ponds, vernal pools, salt marsh, and estuary.

Participants should bring binoculars and a bird guide if they have them.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Jamie at either 508-990-0505 x 23, or jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

OUTER CAPE BIRDING AND WHALE WATCHING TOUR

Date: Saturday, May 13th
Inclement weather date: Sunday, May 14th
Time: 7:00 a.m. (van departs) – 7:00 p.m. (approximate van return)
Meeting place: TBD
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $60   Non-members: $75     Children under 12: half price
Limit: 12          Age limit: 10 and up

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon, Friday, May 12th

On the Outer Cape, breeding birds have arrived in force, and warmer seas are churning with seabird and whale activity. We’ll start at Beech Forest, the last remaining mature deciduous forest on the Cape, where songbirds including warblers fill the trees during spring migration. We then board the “Dolphin Fleet” vessel out of Provincetown Harbor, which takes us out to the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary where whales and seabirds congregate in numbers. There we’ll see and learn about these “gentle giants” of the sea.

Participants should bring a lunch, extra layers of clothing and footwear for light hiking, binoculars and/or spotting scope and camera.  Please see CLICK HERE for information about the “Dolphin Fleet” with which we’ll be partnering for this unique trip.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Jamie at either 508-990-0505 x 23, or jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

NATURE DISCOVERIES

Date: Saturday, May 20th
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Leader: Lloyd Center Staff
Price: Members: $5     Non-members: $6
Limit: 20       All ages welcome

No pre-registration required

Nature Discoveries occurs on the third Saturday of each month. Join us as we investigate nature topics by reading nature-themed books and exploring the Lloyd Center. Live animal demonstrations, specimens to observe and touch, hikes, activities and crafts bring nature themes to life for our Nature Discovery guests. This hour-long adventure is appropriate for children ages 2-6. (Younger or older siblings are welcome as well).

If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Ashley at either 508-990-0505 x 14, or ashley@lloydcenter.org

WOMEN’S CANOE TRIP

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Date: Friday, June 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Leader: Liz Moniz, Lloyd Center Outreach Director
Price: Members: $25    Non-members: $30
Limit: 12

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 8th

Ladies night out! Enjoy canoeing the historic Slocum River. Weather permitting, this evening paddle will feature an amazing full moon and other scenic vistas. There is a short hike through our forest to the launch site and all equipment is provided. Wear clothing and footwear you don’t mind getting wet and bring a non-alcoholic beverage.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Liz at either 508-990-0505 x 15, or liz@lloydcenter.org.

SUMMER SOLSTICE PLOVER STROLL AT DEMAREST LLOYD

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Date: Saturday, June 17th
Inclement weather date: Sunday, June 18th
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Meeting place: Demarest Lloyd State Park (proceed through entrance gate to main lot)
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $8    Non-members: $10    Children under 12: half price
Limit: 20

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Friday, June 16th

Kick off the summer season by observing and learning about nesting shorebirds at the dynamic ecosystem of Demarest Lloyd State Park. A large sand spit provides nesting habitat for plovers, least terns, and diamondback terrapins (an estuarine turtle) which are all nesting at this time. Other birds such as ospreys and egrets may also be seen.
Participants should bring birding equipment (binoculars or scope, camera, bird guide), bug spray, and footwear appropriate for walking along the beach and over intertidal flats (bird guides and optics in limited quantity available for use).

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Jamie at either 508-990-0505 x 23, or jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

NATURE DISCOVERIES

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Date: Saturday, June 17th
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center Visitor Center
Leader: Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist
Price: Members: $5    Non-members: $6
Limit: 20 All ages welcome

No pre-registration required

Nature Discoveries occurs on the third Saturday of each month. Join us as we investigate nature topics by reading nature-themed books and exploring the Lloyd Center. Live animal demonstrations, specimens to observe and touch, hikes, activities and crafts bring nature themes to life for our Nature Discovery guests. This hour-long adventure is appropriate for children ages 2-6. (Younger or older siblings are welcome as well).

If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Ashley at either 508-990-0505 x 14, or ashley@lloydcenter.org.

WOMEN’S CANOE TRIP

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Date: Sunday, July 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center for the Environment
Leader: Liz Moniz, Lloyd Center Outreach Director
Price: Members: $25      Non-members: $30
Limit: 12

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 7th

Ladies night out! Enjoy canoeing the historic Slocum River. Weather permitting, this evening paddle will feature an amazing full moon and other scenic vistas. There is a short hike through our forest to the launch site & all equipment is provided. Wear clothing and footwear you don’t mind getting wet and please bring a non-alcoholic beverage.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Liz at either 508-990-0505 x 15, or liz@lloydcenter.org.

CLAMBAKE XXXII

artwork by: Sandra Hall

Date: Friday, July 14th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: Demarest Lloyd State Park

Friday, July 14th marks the Lloyd Center’s 32nd Annual Clambake – “Celebrating Science & Education!” – a SouthCoast tradition.

Festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. by the side of the sea at Demarest Lloyd State Park in Dartmouth. With a limited number of seats available, advance reservations are an absolute must. Disco-themed attire encouraged!

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MID-SUMMER SHOREBIRD STROLL AT GOOSEBERRY NECK

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Date: Saturday, July 22nd
Inclement weather date: Sunday, July 23rd
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Meeting place: Gooseberry Neck Island parking lot, Westport, MA
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $8    Non-members: $10   Children under 12: half price
Limit: 20

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Friday, July 21st

Gooseberry Neck Island serves as a stopover site for various shorebirds species, and in some years as a nesting site for both plovers and terns. By late July the shorebird migration is underway with both fledges from the local breeding population and birds passing through from further north, beginning to appear. Come visit this island which has something to see at all times of the year!
Participants should bring birding equipment (optics, bird guide, camera -we have extra guides and optics in limited supply) and be prepared to walk the beach!

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Jamie at either 508-990-0505 x 23, or jbogart@lloydcenter.org.


30th ANNUAL NORTH AMERICAN BUTTERFLY ASSOCIATION (NABA) BUTTERFLY COUNT

Date: Saturday, July 22nd
Inclement weather date: Sunday, July 23rd
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Meeting place: Park & Ride on Mt. Pleasant St., off Rt. 140 Exit 4
Leader: Mark Mello; Research Director
Price: Members: $8      Non-members: $10
Limit: 10        Age Limit: 10 and older

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Friday, July 21st

Become a citizen scientist and join the Lloyd Center’s research staff as we participate in NABA’s annual butterfly count in Dartmouth and New Bedford. The only requirements are enthusiasm and an interest in this region’s butterfly fauna! By the end of the day, you may be able to recognize 20 or more species of butterflies and will have contributed to NABA’s nationwide long-range study of butterfly diversity and distribution patterns relative to climate change.

Participants should wear hiking shoes, hats and long pants, have sun protection, plenty of water, and bring a lunch. The Center will have extra water for sale.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Mark at either 508-990-0505 x 22, or markmello@lloydcenter.org.

EVENING SHOREBIRD STROLL AT WEST ISLAND

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Date: Thursday, August 3rd
Inclement weather date: Friday, August 4th
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Meeting place: West Island Town Beach parking lot
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $8    Non-members: $10    Children under 12: half price
Limit: 20      Age Limit: 15

Pre-registration required by 12:00 Noon, Thursday, August 3rd

West Island is a breeding ground for piping plovers, and a feeding and roosting area for breeding terns and other migratory shorebirds. Come witness the beauty of West Island in early evening during the migration season when shorebirds are on the move. In August this is a great location to view fledgling plovers, terns, and other bird life. Under the right conditions, the views of the surrounding bay itself is breathtaking.
Participants should bring birding equipment (optics, bird guide, camera – we have extra guides and optics in limited supply) and be prepared to walk the beach!

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Jamie at either 508-990-0505 x 23, or jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

WOMEN’S CANOE TRIP

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Date: Monday, August 7th
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Meeting place: Lloyd Center for the Environment
Leader: Liz Moniz, Lloyd Center Outreach Director
Price: Members: $25     Non-members: $30
Limit: 12

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 4th

Ladies night out! Enjoy canoeing the historic Slocum River. Weather permitting, this evening paddle will feature an amazing full moon and other scenic vistas. There is a short hike through our forest to the launch site & all equipment is provided. Wear clothing and footwear you don’t mind getting wet and please bring a non-alcoholic beverage.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Liz at either 508-990-0505 x 15, or liz@lloydcenter.org.


OUTER CAPE SHOREBIRD TRIP

Date: Saturday, August 12th
Inclement weather date: Sunday, August 13th
Time: 7:00 a.m. (van departs) – 5:00 p.m. (approximate van returns)
Meeting place: TBD
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $30    Non-members: $35
Limit: 12      Age Limit: 15

Pre-registration required by 12:00 noon, Friday, August 11th

From late summer into fall, migratory shorebirds congregate in the thousands on the vast beaches and intertidal areas of Cape Cod, which provide important stopover habitats for birds preparing for the long trip south. Come witness this annual spectacle and learn more about the various shorebird species found in the region.

Participants will be transported in the Lloyd Center van to outer cape birding locations. Our focus area is Chatham, in vicinity of Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge and South Beach. Destination may change depending upon recent sightings. Participants should be capable of a full day of walking over even terrain but in potentially hot conditions.

Participants should bring a lunch, footwear for walking in wet intertidal areas and on sand, windbreaker, raingear, sunscreen, bug spray, bird optics, and field guide (extra field guides and optics will be available for use).

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Jamie at either 508-990-0505 x 23, or jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

COLD-BLOODED CRUSADE

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Date: Saturday, August 19th
Time: 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: Lloyd Center Bond Building
Leader: Amanda Nowicki, Lloyd Center Educator-Naturalist
Price: Individual: Members: $5      Non-members: $7
Family of Four: Members: $10     Non-members: $15
Limit: 12

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Thursday August 17th

Our adventure will begin with a brief discussion about cold blooded creatures and the species found in Massachusetts. We will discuss their breeding cycles and general behaviors. We will take an up close and personal look at some of the Lloyd Center’s reptiles and amphibians and end our adventure with a reptile or amphibian craft.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Amanda at either 508-990-0505 x 19 or amanda@lloydcenter.org.