Lloyd Center Waterfowl Survey Reaches 30-Year Milestone

The early winter portion of this season’s waterfowl survey was held on December 4, 2016, the late winter count on January 29, 2017. With the 2016-2017 waterfowl season completed, the Lloyd Center has been surveying winter waterfowl for 30 years! Temperatures were seasonable for the December survey, and 5,297 birds for the month was the […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Birdfeeder Monitoring: Six Years and Counting

Changes in bird species distribution is an expected impact from global warming, and mobile bird populations can be critical first indicators of climate change impacts. According to Massachusetts Audubon Society’s “State of the Birds 2011” report, range shifts of bird species were already occurring. Southern forest birds such as the Red-bellied Woodpecker and urban/suburban species […] Read more »

A Farewell Lookback by Jasmine Smith-Gillen

When I began at the Lloyd Center, in September of 2006, I was new to the area and just starting out in this field of work. I grew up outside of Boston and spent summer vacations on Cape Cod, yet like many Massachusetts residents, I never noticed this region of the state before. I had […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Seeking Clambake Donations

We are asking for your support of the Lloyd Center by donating an item to the Silent Action or Bottle Game for our 32nd Clambake, “Celebrating Science and Education!” to be held on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Demarest Lloyd State Park in Dartmouth. We anticipate that we will draw another sell-out crowd of prominent […] Read more »

MITS One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators

Southeast Region One-Week Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators From Solar to Polar: Designing Sustainable Solutions Spend a week during your summer to “charge” your mind during an energy-themed course designed to help you meet the revised MA Science and Technology/Engineering Standards! Visit the Lloyd Center for the Environment, Battleship Cove, and the National Marine Life […] Read more »

Weather and Surf Highlight January Bird Walks

The Lloyd Center kicked off its 2017 outings season with both the traditional New Year’s Day walk at Gooseberry Island on January 1, then on the following Saturday, January 7, a newer venture, birding in the south end of New Bedford, which features Fort Tabor park and the Palmers Island area which surround New Bedford […] Read more »

To All Massachusetts Moth Enthusiasts:

A small group of Lepidopterists (listed below) got together a couple of years ago with the aim of compiling a provisional list of moths known to exist in the State of Massachusetts. This has now been completed and we kindly request anyone with experience of the moth fauna of the State to check through this […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Conducts Cuttyhunk Moth Survey

As part of an Elizabeth Islands Survey aimed at documenting species as representative of the biodiversity present on the island chain, the Lloyd Center set ultraviolet light traps on two nights at Cuttyhunk in late summer (August 26) and early fall (October 7), a timeframe coinciding with flight periods for various species. With the generosity […] Read more »

Founder’s Vision Breaks New Ground

by Stephen Demarest Rath The founder of the Lloyd Center for the Environment, Karen Gallup Lloyd, liked to discuss the deepest subjects over a cup of coffee with cream, a blend she insisted be the “color of the Potomac.” She was fascinated with the idea of balance and was drawn to a number of interests […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Receives $8,400 Grant from Massachusetts Cultural Council

The Lloyd Center for the Environment, Inc. has received a grant of $8,400 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency. This grant was awarded through the MCC’s Cultural Investment Portfolio Grant Program for cultural public programing. State grants are awarded through a competitive process, thereby signifying that the Lloyd Center provides a high […] Read more »

Toward Sustainability Foundation Supports Lloyd Center with $10,000 Grant

The Lloyd Center has received a $10,000 grant from the Toward Sustainability Foundation in support of the Center’s Climate Science Learning Project (CSLP). Aligned with the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks in science and engineering, the CSLP focuses on the projected effects of climate change on local biodiversity, introducing age-appropriate math, writing, critical thinking and life skills […] Read more »

Educator Spotlight: Liz Moniz, Modeling Science Concepts at the Lloyd Center for the Environment

Friday, November 11, 2016 For Immediate Release (view on MITS website) On-site at the Museum Institute for Teaching Science’s Southeast Region Summer Professional Development Institute, science concept models sit out on tables waiting for an audience of educators to use them. These models seem to be made from simple household items and represent an array […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Volunteer Spotlight!

A note of thanks to all the volunteers who help the Lloyd Center! Much of our success at the Center can be attributed to our volunteers who so cheerfully and generously give their time and energy. At this time, we would like to shine a light on a few of our wonderful volunteers: Two of […] Read more »

Lloyd Center’s Annual Appeal

We are writing today to ask for your support in the Lloyd Center for the Environment’s 2016 Annual Fund. Our goal is to raise $110,000 to support the research, education and outreach programs the Lloyd Center provides to our community. The Annual Fund is a critical piece of our operating budget. For the Center to […] Read more »

United Way of Greater New Bedford’s $5000 Summer Fund Grant Makes Memories for the Young

The Lloyd Center was thrilled to receive a $5,000 Summer Fund Grant from the United Way of Greater New Bedford. The Summer Fund Grant is special in that it makes it possible for the Lloyd Center to offer financial assistance to students that otherwise, would not be able to participate in the Center’s summer programs. […] Read more »

Another Successful Season for the Lloyd Center’s Education Department

Once again, science came alive at the Lloyd Center this summer! Students of kindergarten through eighth grade ages participated in interactive and engaging activities as they learned about local habitats, wildlife, and properties of the natural world during the Center’s summer programs. The variety of programs helped to foster students’ sense of wonder and instill […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Receives $20,000 Grant from Massachusetts Environmental Trust

The Lloyd Center received a financial boost with a $20,000 grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (the Trust). This funding will enable the Lloyd Center to expand and enhance their Climate Science Learning Project (CSLP), the Center’s interactive elementary school science teaching model. “We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust […] Read more »

My Lloyd Center Journey

My Lloyd Center Journey by Connor Worden As a child, I spent many summers at Demarest Lloyd State Park chasing bugs and catching fish in my small butterfly net.  As I would look out over the water, I could always see the Lloyd Center, but I was still blind to exactly what it was.  It […] Read more »

Expanding Our Reach: Lloyd Center Summer Programs Hit the Road

Year-round residents know how special our coastal environment is with its spectacular beauty and recreational opportunities, and so do thousands of visitors who become part of our community during the summer months. Among this group of summer visitors are children who, like most children, possess a natural curiosity and inquisitiveness about the natural world around […] Read more »

Shorebird Wrap-up 2016: Vehicle-induced Hatchling Mortality Disrupts Productive Shorebird Season

Efforts at fencing, monitoring, education, enforcement, and predator management ensured that minimal nest and hatchling losses occurred, and the highest productivity (chicks fledged/pair) observed since 2001 was achieved this Piping Plover season at Division of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) beaches in Bristol County. Horseneck Beach produced 24 fledges (23 in 2015) and a productivity of […] Read more »

Allens Pond and Environmental Qigong

Allens Pond and Environmental Qigong by Stephen & Marcia Rath To the reader, it might seem counter-intuitive to draw parallels between an ancient Chinese health system, Qigong, and environmental stewardship.  But quite simply, both can be described as practices that seek to remove blockages and hazards in a dynamic system—personal and ecological respectively—that prevent the […] Read more »