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Lloyd Center Educators At Work!

May 30, 2024

Our educators here at the Lloyd Center are busy, busy, busy! This time of year brings the students to us for adventures at the Center and to the very special barrier beach system. We focus on habitats and the adaptations of the plants and animals that live in those habitats.…

Snowy Owls to Saw-whet Owls

May 30, 2024

The Lloyd Center recently welcomed a Raptor Specialist, Norman Smith, for a captivating presentation about owls and his many years of work as a self-taught naturalist.  Norman Smith has worked for Mass Audubon since 1974 and recently retired as Director of the Blue Hills Trailside Museum and the Norman Smith…

Storms Shape Beaches For 2024 Shorebird Season

May 17, 2024

by Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate This past winter and early spring, storms and high tides ravaged our coastal region. For the highly rocky Buzzards Bay shoreline, this resulted in both gains and losses in shorebird habitat nesting. Pond channels and seaside roads filled with sand or even cobble,…

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Training at the Lloyd Center

April 29, 2024

This was the first week of training for the Next Level Rowing/Gutzy para-rowing quad. These women are training to become the first women’s adaptive rowing team to compete in the World Rowing Coastal Championships! This brave crew is overcoming significant physical challenges and breaking new ground in the sport of…

Be Part of Our Nature: Join the Lloyd Center Family Today!

April 2, 2024

Embrace the Heart of Environmental Stewardship—Become a Lloyd Center Member or Renew Today! Your membership is a vital part of our mission, supporting critical environmental education,  research, and outreach programs. By joining us, you help to sustain our 82-acre sanctuary, with its five miles of hiking trails and the habitats…

Dive into Discovery: Support Students with Your Donation!

April 2, 2024

At the Lloyd Center, our hands-on field study programs brought the wonders of our coastal ecosystems to life for thousands of students last year. Through the simple, yet profound act of dipping nets into the estuary, students embark on a journey of discovery and place-based learning. They see fish, crabs,…

Lloyd Center 2024 Summer Internships – Environmental Education/Outreach and Piping Plover Research 

April 2, 2024

Environmental Education/Outreach Internships  Do you have a passion for environmental science? Are you experienced or interested in working with youth? The Lloyd Center is in need of Environmental Education/Outreach interns to assist educators in teaching outdoor nature/science-based programs for our summer season.  The Lloyd Center’s educational philosophy is that hands-on…

BIRD ALERT – APRIL IS FOR THE BIRDS – ON THE SOUTH COAST

March 12, 2024

With the return of spring, we will welcome flocks of migratory and summer-resident birds to the South Coast. It is a time to celebrate our birds, and that is just what is here proposed. Throughout April there will be an exhibit at the Westport Free Public Library of paintings by…

Become a Lloyd Center Member or Renew Your Membership Today!

February 29, 2024

Your membership helps to support critical environmental education, research, and outreach programs. In addition, your contribution helps to maintain our 82-acre campus, five miles of hiking trails, and animal ambassador habitats (estuary organisms, reptiles, and amphibians). Although our exhibits are currently closed to the public, our animal ambassadors allow opportunities…

January Rains Again Impact Lloyd Center’s Winter Waterfowl Count

February 21, 2024

By Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate The meteorological winter count for the Lloyd Center’s 37th Annual Winter Waterfowl survey that took place on Saturday, January 27, 2024, involved Lloyd Center staff and volunteers at sites from Sakonnet Point in Rhode Island to Padanaram Harbor in Massachusetts. Abundance of migratory…

Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation Awards $5,000 to the Lloyd Center for the Environment

January 26, 2024

The Bristol County Savings Bank, through its Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation, has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Lloyd Center for the Environment, to support Environmental Science Learning Adventures for the Greater New Bedford and Fall River public elementary school students. This financial support will make a significant difference…

Lloyd Center Kicks Off 2024 With Winter Bird Walks

January 26, 2024

For over three decades, the Lloyd Center has started January with a walk at one of the more ecologically unique landscapes in the region, Gooseberry Neck Island in Westport. The island offers something to satisfy the curiosity of most any naturalist in any environmental field, all in one short stroll.…

Rainy December’s the Norm for Lloyd Center Winter Waterfowl Survey

January 5, 2024

On December 10, 2023, Lloyd Center staff and volunteers surveyed coastal ponds and estuaries from Sakonnet Point in Tiverton, Rhode Island, to Padanaram in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, for the 37th annual Lloyd Center Winter Waterfowl Survey. The ongoing study depicts trends in abundance, diversity, and habitat use for migratory, overwintering waterfowl…

Lloyd Center Fellow Recognized as an NAAEE CEE-Change Fellow

December 2, 2023

Hamza Malik chosen for his work in environmental education, research, and outreach.  Hamza Malik is one of 30 educators selected by The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) as part of the 2023 CEE-Change Fellowship cohort. CEE stands for Civics and Environmental Education. He is part of an international…

Lloyd Center 33rd Annual New Year’s Day Beach Walk – Monday, January 1st, 2024

December 2, 2023

Looking for fresh air, exercise or to learn more about the natural world around you?  If so, this is the perfect trip for you! Join Research Associate, Jamie Bogart, for the 33rd Annual Lloyd Center tradition and celebrate the New Year with a peaceful walk on Gooseberry Neck beach. Focusing…

Lloyd Center Continues Bird Feeder Surveys

December 2, 2023

by Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate As the cold weather arrives many people are paying more attention to their backyard bird feeders, and have registered for the “FeederWatch” surveys, a volunteer citizen science program organized by Cornell University to track feeder use from November to April (or starting in…

4th Annual Holiday Oyster Sale at the Lloyd Center, Wednesday, December 20th!

December 2, 2023

The Lloyd Center for the Environment is, once again, offering Fresh Cuttyhunk Oysters from Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms! A wonderful holiday tradition to benefit the Lloyd Center’s education programs. Supporters can order fresh oysters by the dozen, as well as shucking knives. Oysters are $30 per dozen and will keep well for…

Make Your 2023 Tax-deductible Annual Appeal Donation to the Lloyd Center Today!

December 2, 2023

Click here to donate to the Annual Appeal Please consider giving to the Lloyd Center’s 2023 Annual Appeal!  Due to the generous support of our donors, together we have taught approximately 10,000 students over the past year and made these experiences possible: “I really enjoyed the field trip! My favorite…

My Experience as a Teaching and Research Fellow at the Lloyd Center

October 26, 2023

by Lloyd Center Fellow, Hamza Malik Embarking on this research and teaching fellowship has been an incredibly enriching and transformative experience. Over the past year, I have had the privilege to work closely with the education team in various roles, utilizing both in-school and out-of-school settings. These interactions with teachers…

Waterbirds Highlight Lloyd Center Wednesday Bird Walks

October 26, 2023

by Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate Since the Lloyd Center Wednesday Bird Walks began a couple of years back, they’ve been timed around the spring and fall warbler migration, winter “irruptive” feeder species, and wintering waterfowl. With the exception of Ospreys, for which we have platforms, beach and salt…

Come Check Out the Lloyd Center’s Newly-Built Bird Blind!

October 26, 2023

Thanks to the hard work of Dharma Voyage volunteers Robert Bernert and Ray Hunt, the Lloyd Center has a beautiful, sturdy, newly-built bird blind. A valuable teaching spot on our trails, the original bird blind had seen its day and was desperately in need of being replaced. From producing a…

Coming Home to the Lloyd Center!

September 26, 2023

by Bruce Traban, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist My short time at the Lloyd Center has felt like coming home to family after time apart. The Lloyd Center was a formative part of my childhood, providing an outlet to explore the environment and great teachers to provide a way to do so…

Lloyd Center’s Third Annual Music in the Woods – Saturday, October 7

September 26, 2023

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS TODAY!   The Lloyd Center for the Environment’s Third Annual Music in the Woods is a free benefit for Lloyd Center members.   And this year, we are giving a FREE FAMILY MEMBERSHIP (valid for six months) to non-members that reserve a ticket. Tickets for non-members are…

Seabirds on a Humpback Whale -Courtesy Pamela Lowell

A Lloyd Center Whale Watch for the Ages

September 21, 2023

by Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate Protecting endangered habitats and species, conducting inventories on populations, and educating the public are cornerstones of the Lloyd Center missions of education and research.  One of our long-standing traditions that embody our mission is our birding and whale watching trips to Stellwagon Bank…