Least Terns Strike First, and Often, at Horseneck State Beach

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As the shorebird season reaches its midpoint, the first Plover chicks have appeared at the Horseneck Beach State Reservation within the past week and nesting is well underway at the  other Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) beaches. This season, the compelling story thus far at Horseneck involves the Least Terns, which nested on the […] Read more »

The Transformation Has Begun

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Overlooking the water, nestled among trees and old stone walls, the Lloyd Center for the Environment’s newly constructed Teaching Pavilion is the first visible sign of the Transforming a Legacy capital campaign. Reflecting the Lloyd Center’s ongoing commitment to environmental education, this 600 square foot, open-air structure provides a dedicated gathering place for teaching and […] Read more »

Island Foundation & Bristol County Savings Bank Grant Funds to Support the Center’s Climate Science Learning Program

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The Lloyd Center has received grants from the Island Foundation and the Bristol County Savings Bank in support of the Center’s Climate Science Learning Project (CSLP). Over the past four years, the Island Foundation has generously donated a total of $60,000 in support of the Lloyd Center’s Climate Science Learning Project. In addition, the Center […] Read more »

Qigong Classes to be Held at the Lloyd Center

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Join Stephen and Marcia Rath on Tuesday mornings in July for meditative walks on the wooded trails at the Lloyd Center. Walking meditations are an enjoyable way to enhance the experience of cultivating mindfulness while in a natural setting. Rather than thinking about your three o’clock dental appointment, you will learn how to develop awareness of the environment without […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Membership Renewal

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In 2015, Lloyd Center members helped provide experiential environmental education to over 12,000 students; outreach programs ranging from owl prowls to canoe trips for almost 3,000 individuals; and the monitoring of threatened and endangered species throughout the state. In the words of gratitude from Kate, age 9, to all of the Lloyd Center community: “It’s […] Read more »

Transforming A Legacy ~ Buildings Begin!

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On April 4th, contractors, carpenters and machinery will arrive at the Lloyd Center as the first of our three facility projects gets underway.  Sixteen-on-Center, a highly respected contracting firm from Tiverton, RI with a special interest and expertise in “green building” will begin construction of the new, 600-square-foot Teaching Pavilion on the Slocum River. The […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Annual Meeting ~ Save the Date ~ April 28th

On Thursday, April 28th, the Lloyd Center will host an expert panel discussion on its pursuit of a Welcome Center with Living Building Challenge™ (LBC) certification, the building industry’s most ambitious sustainable construction performance standards. The Welcome Center will house a bus drop-off shelter, interior and exterior meeting/teaching space, informational displays and compost-toilets. The Lloyd […] Read more »

Great Horned Owl Sighting

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Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) A month after his vintage Peregrine Falcon sighting, birder Gary Reardon returns with another great sighting of a seldom seen bird, this Great Horned Owl. Owls are raptors just like hawks, but through natural selection evolved as a bird group fully equipped to occupy a nocturnal niche on our landscape. […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Goes On Seal Watching Expedition

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By Lauren Zaknoun | Mar 24, 2016 | Dartmouth Week While Massachusetts boasts a wealth of interesting wildlife many on a Lloyd Center sponsored cruise were surprised to know that Buzzards Bay is home to seals. On Saturday, March 19, members of the Lloyd Center set off on a Cuttyhunk Cruise for a seal watch. […] Read more »

Fur and Feathers: Lloyd Center Offers Outreach Program

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By Matthew Bernat | Mar 21, 2016 | Dartmouth Week The Lloyd Center for the Environment staff brought a wild scene to the children’s section of Barnes & Noble Saturday afternoon. Turtles, mice, salamanders, toads and a screech owl named Koko were displayed during an outreach event for the nonprofit. The Lloyd Center, headquartered in Dartmouth, […] Read more »

MITS 2016 Summer Professional Development Institutes

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2016 Summer Professional Development Institutes: Southeast Region Hybrid Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators To the Moon and Back: Engaging Your Students in Earth and Space Science Through Inquiry Blast off into inquiry-based learning with a journey from Earth to space in this hybrid course! Engage with online content, group discussions, and handson, minds-on inquiry activities, […] Read more »

Dartmouth Barnes & Noble hosts Bookfair to Benefit the Lloyd Center on Saturday, March 19, 12pm to 4pm

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Support the Lloyd Center for the Environment at Barnes & Noble in Dartmouth, MA. In an effort to raise funds for their environmental science programs held in schools in New Bedford, Fall River, Dartmouth, and throughout Massachusetts, the Lloyd Center is working together with Barnes & Noble Booksellers by hosting a Bookfair at the Barnes […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Winter Bird Roundup

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Unlike last season, the current weather pattern and a snow-free landscape in late February prompts images of spring, and movements of forest birds are already occurring. More than 60 American Goldfinches and 15 Dark-eyed Juncos recently stopped by the Lloyd Center feeders, along with a handful of fresh plumage Red-winged Blackbirds. Kinglets were also spotted […] Read more »

2016 Lloyd Center Internships Available

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Education & Outreach Internships (May/June – August):  Our Education and Outreach departments are in need of four interns for the summer of 2016. Interns will be responsible for assisting the education & outreach staff in teaching our hands-on science programs. The Lloyd Center’s educational philosophy is that hands-on experiential learning brings the study of science […] Read more »

Peregrine Falcon Sighting

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Peregrine Falcon – Falco peregrinus On Wednesday February 17, birder Gary Reardon enjoyed a rare sighting, a Peregrine Falcon perched on a pole on Smith Neck Road in Dartmouth.  Peregrines here along the coast are most often seen in fall and winter, after nesting is complete and both adults and juveniles have dispersed from nesting […] Read more »

Owl Night Long: Birders Listen for Hoots Beneath the Stars

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By Seth Thomas | Feb 08, 2016 | Dartmouth Week Beneath a dazzling starlit sky, a small group searched for owls in the woods, but, much to the birders chagrin, the birds of prey clearly didn’t give a hoot. Over the weekend, about 10 people gathered at the Lloyd Center for the Environment for the […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Completes 29th Annual Winter Waterfowl Survey

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On January 31, Lloyd Center staff and volunteers completed the 29th annual survey of waterfowl that spend the winter in estuaries and coastal ponds in our region. The survey took place from Apponagansett Bay in Dartmouth, Massachusetts to the Sakonnet River in Tiverton, Rhode Island and consisted of an early December (“early meteorological winter”) and […] Read more »

Three foundations donate to the Lloyd Center’s capital campaign

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Three foundations have committed $25,000 each to the Lloyd Center’s $3 million “Transforming a Legacy” capital campaign to support a new green building and expanded educational programs. The Bafflin Foundation of Rhode Island donated toward site improvements in keeping with the efforts of its founder Lois Orswell to “support plants and the earth,” according to […] Read more »

Lloyd Center’s New Touch Tank is Ready for Explorers!

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The Lloyd Center is happy to announce the arrival of its new touch tank! After 25 years of faithful service, our old tank was taken offline for several weeks and torn down to accommodate the much needed upgrade. The new fiberglass tank is much easier to maintain, features 360 degree viewing opportunities, and a small […] Read more »

Where Have All the Sphinxes Gone?

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We are not talking about the pharoah-headed lion defending the pyramids in Egypt. Instead these sphinxes are a family of moths whose caterpillars (Figure 1), when at rest or threatened by a predator, assume a sphinx-like position. This large family of moths, with at least 43 species recorded from Massachusetts, has been observed by a […] Read more »

Lloyd Center’s Transforming A Legacy Campaign receives foundation grants

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The Lloyd Center’s Capital Campaign, Transforming A Legacy, has received three generous foundation grants to support its educational programs and facilities improvements. The Bafflin Foundation has given the Center $25,000 to assist with site improvements in keeping with the lifetime efforts of Lois Orswell to “support plants and the earth”. Through the Community Foundation of […] Read more »

Homeowners opt for solar panels in Dartmouth

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Drivers will likely see more signs popping up around town instructing the viewer to look up. These arrows point toward solar panels installations, and there have been plenty of these projects in the works recently. Data on the Town’s solar permits reveal a steady trend over the past five years of homeowners opting for solar […] Read more »