Volunteer at the Lloyd Center
A note of thanks to the volunteers who have helped the Lloyd Center and an invitation to any of you who will offer a bit of your time to “give us a hand” in low maintenance projects to enhance the Lloyd Center.
Much of our success at the Center can be attributed to our volunteers who so cheerfully and generously give us their time and energy. Certainly, the Lloyd Center’s biggest fund-raiser, the Clambake (Celebrating Science and Education!) couldn’t take place if not for our wonderful and dedicated volunteers!
Volunteering can be engaging and rewarding, and here at the Center we offer a number of volunteer opportunities, ranging from greeting visitors to event planning to trail work, and can be a one-time occasion or a weekly or monthly commitment.
For more information on how you can help, please contact Ashley Gesner at 508-990-0505 x 14. You may also sign-up to volunteer online.
Piping Plover Volunteer “Protectors” Needed
Spend warm, sunny days on the beach of your choice, helping protect the endangered piping plover, a shorebird that nests each year on the State beaches of Horseneck, Gooseberry, Demarest Lloyd, and West Island. These beaches experience high levels of human visitation and recreation, such that disturbance to adult birds on eggs and harm to young hatchlings can occur.
A strong volunteer presence from May to August (especially from June onward, including the Memorial Day and 4th of July holidays) minimizes potential conflicts caused by human use of the beach. Tasks may include maintaining fenced refuges, educating the public, helping enforce boundaries, and completing field-forms that document events and numbers of birds present during one’s “shift”.
Attention Fairhaven Birders:
American Oystercatcher Volunteers Needed
In recent years there has been a growing interest in the nesting success of the American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus), a shorebird which is thought to be increasing in Massachusetts, in what is likely a reoccupation of former breeding range. These large-sized shorebirds are perhaps the most striking bird one finds along our shoreline – the trademark red bill used for prying open shellfish in inter-tidal zones unmistakable.
Their nesting habitat of sandy shoreline areas is similar to that of plovers and terns, and oystercatchers suffer similar stresses to rare shorebirds including nest overwash, predation, and human disturbance.
Oystercatchers by nature are a more secretive bird that mostly avoids larger public beaches used by the endangered shorebirds. Instead they prefer secluded sandy areas, often sand spits at inlets to salt marshes. Fairhaven, including West Island and many surrounding small coves and inlets, offers many such locations where 3-4 estimated breeding pairs nest.
The oystercatcher nesting season runs mid-march through August, eggs often present in early April. The shy oystercatchers are less defensive of nests, so finding eggs can be more challenging.
Even though the American Oystercatcher isn’t endangered, population decline due to low productivity is a concern. This and the fact that relatively little breeding data exists has resulted in inclusion of the species in the state’s Coastal Waterbird Monitoring Program.
Each year we monitor numbers of pairs and nesting success for territories we’re able to locate. We suspect however, that pairs are also nesting on privately-owned waterfront areas, which are accessible only via nearby private property. This is where we need your help. Do you have AMOY nesting “in your backyard”?
Anyone suspecting American Oystercatcher nesting activity on or near their property, and would either like to allow a site visit by qualified biologists, or provide documentation of the breeding activity, are urged to contact us.
Please call Research Associate Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23 or email email@example.com if this applies to you and you wish to help us track oystercatchers!
Butterfly Garden Upkeep
Do you have a green thumb, like digging in the dirt or just like to be outdoors? If so, the Lloyd Center has a wonderful opportunity for you to work with the beautiful plants and flowers of our butterfly garden. We are seeking a team of volunteers who will help to plant, weed and maintain the plantings of this garden throughout the summer. This garden provides an important stop over point for migrating Monarch butterflies as they make their way down to Mexico.
No gardening experience is necessary and only a few hours are needed each month.
Please contact Ashley at Ashley@lloydcenter.org or call her at 508-990-0505 x 14 if you’re interested in participating, or for more information on specific openings in the garden.
- Community Outreach – Clambake, Slocum Challenge Regatta, Annual Meeting
- Research – Butterfly garden maintenance, Collections, dragonfly/butterfly monitors, SEANET
- Grounds & Maintenance – Butterfly Gardening, Trail Work
- Education – Canoe & Kayak Assistant, Monarch Watch Assistant or Coastal Field Studies Assistant
- Adminstration – Grant Writing, Historical archiving or Data Entry