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 (“Simply, the best!”) 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 Jen Wimmer 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if this applies to you and you wish to help us track oystercatchers!
Lloyd Woods Trail Opening
Thanks to the 7th and 8th grade classes from Friend’s Academy that started trail clearing in January and February, creation of the Lloyd Woods trail has begun!
The Lloyd Center would like to have the “grand opening” of this trail in April, thus we will be setting aside Friday mornings for trail work. We are seeking volunteers to assist with the trail clearing, which when completed, will offer spectacular panoramic views of Little River. The trail has been laid out in such a way as to avoid trees larger than saplings, thus follow a naturalistic meander through a woodland that is quite distinct from the Lloyd Center’s established trails on the west side of Potomska Road.
If you cannot participate on Friday mornings but would like to be involved in this project, please contact Mark Mello at 508-990-0505 x22, or email email@example.com to arrange a time to meet and develop a plan of action.
Thanks also goes out to the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust and the Buzzards Bay Coalition, who hold the conservation restriction on this property, that was graciously bequeathed to the Lloyd Center by Karen Lloyd. Without the support of these organizations and the foresight of the Center’s founder, Karen Lloyd, this corner of Dartmouth may have had a very different look in the 21st century.
Butterfly Garden Clearing and Planting
The Lloyd Center’s sprucing up a garden for our colorful friends and we can’t do it alone. Whether you are an experienced gardener, new to planting, a trail clearing expert or just like to play in the dirt we need your help!
We will be clearing out invasive species, expanding the Center’s butterfly garden and adding new plantings to create an important “rest stop” for the migrating Monarch butterflies in the fall.
Join us on Saturday, April 13th (rain date Sunday, April 14th) as we cut, clear, turn soil and completely change the area behind our Visitor Center to a butterfly haven. Additional clearing and planting has been scheduled for Saturday, April 27th (rain date Sunday, April 28th).
All of this hard work will be accompanied by some light refreshments as well as building tours, trail walks and information about these important species. Be sure to visit our Visitor Center to learn about other conservation projects in the area.
All ages are welcome (children under the age of 18 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult). Work begins at 10:00 a.m.
Please contact Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 508-990-0505 x 14 if you’re interested in participating, or for more information. Hope to see you here!
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 Jen at email@example.com 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