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Please note: Due to current health concerns about COVID-19, the Lloyd Center for the Environment's Outreach programs will be available on a limited basis.

While the Center's main building is closed to the public, the Lloyd Center offices are open, as well as the walking trails at our 82-acre site in South Dartmouth.

The health of our community is very important and we encourage you to listen to health experts. CLICK HERE for more information at Mass.gov. Thank you for your understanding.

 

 

LLOYD CENTER WINTER OWL PROWL I – THE AWAKENING


Date: January 24, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: January 31, 2021
Time: 3:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Lloyd Center for the Environment (lower parking lot)
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $15 Non-members: $20
Attendee Limit: TBD
Age Limit: 15 years and older

Are you fascinated by owls? Do you enjoy a good old fashioned New England winter morning before sunrise? If so, these walks scheduled during hours of peak owl activity may be for you. Winter is a great time to observe owls which nest earlier than most birds, and are vocal on an otherwise quiet, dormant landscape. Screech, great horned, and barred owls are the most common species, and each breed at or near the Lloyd Center property. This year we offer two dates for this popular event so you’re sure not to miss out.

Focusing on the Lloyd Center woodlands, we’ll attempt to attract, hear, and see owls. Other local stops will be visited depending on our luck at the Lloyd Center. To close out the walk, we’ll head down to Gooseberry and Horseneck to view a spectacular sunrise before checking for a snowy owl which in most years winter at these sites, in addition to other winter bird life. Back at the Lloyd Center, enjoy an encounter with Koko, our resident eastern screech owl. For those longing to see a live owl (and knowing seeing a wild owl is no guarantee) this is a treat!

On this first prowl and given the recent trend of mild winters, has the cold fully set in? Has any snow fallen? Are we in a January thaw? Regardless of landscape conditions, somewhere in the night lurks a sleepy but alert owl sure to respond to calls, and if it’s a snowy owl year, we’re well within the time-frame for their presence down on the beach.

Items to bring include a flashlight, camera, binoculars, and footwear for light walking on forest trails and possibly snow. (Individuals with spotlights are urged to bring them).

Masks are required to participate in this event. Proper social distancing will also be employed.

Note: Stormy weather or excessively windy conditions will cause postponement. Participants must drive their own vehicle to local owl viewing locations.

If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.




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LLOYD CENTER MORNING OWL PROWL II – SNOWY SURPRISES


Date: February 7, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: February 14, 2021
Time: 3:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Lloyd Center for the Environment (lower parking lot)
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $15 Non-members: $20
Attendee Limit: TBD
Age Limit: 15 years and older

If you missed the first prowl, or couldn’t get enough, we venture out again in February, when cold and some snow cover are a near certainty, and an increase in owl activity is likely. At this time, great horned owls, a bird known to incubate snow covered eggs, are nearing egg-laying time and are becoming more active, and the quest to see the snowy owl continues. Dress warmly!

Items to bring include a flashlight, camera, binoculars, and footwear for light walking on forest trails and possibly snow. (Individuals with spotlights are urged to bring them).

Masks are required to participate in this event. Proper social distancing will also be employed.

Note: Stormy weather or excessively windy conditions will cause postponement. Participants must drive their own vehicle to local owl viewing locations.

If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.




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MID-WINTER WOODLAND NATURE WALK


Date: February 20, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: February 21, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Lloyd Center for the Environment (lower parking lot)
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Member: $10 Non-member: $13
Attendee Limit: TBD
Age Limit: 15 years and older

What is there to see on a cold winter’s day in the woods? Perhaps a wandering owl missed on the prowls, other wintering raptors such as sharp-shinned or coopers hawks, other overwintering songbirds, or a small herd of white-tailed deer searching for vegetation.

In winter, with much wildlife dormant or in full hibernation, signs of life will be explored to include tracks in snow if conditions allow, and winter tree identification. Although we will focus on the forest, a visit to the bird feeders where winter songbirds congregate, and to the estuary where winter waterfowl are abundant, will also be featured. Come observe the landscape through a “winter lens”, then at the outing’s conclusion, visit the Center's resident screech owl “Koko”.

Participants should bring (if available) binoculars, camera, and be dressed warmly and in preparation for walking in snow.

Masks are required to participate in this event. Proper social distancing will also be employed.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.




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Past Events

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WEDNESDAY BIRD WALKS AT THE LLOYD CENTER (January 20, 2021)

Are you an avid birder, just getting started, or a nature enthusiast in general? Stop by for this walk held Wednesday mornings on the Lloyd Center property which offers a rich variety of habitats and bird life year- round. We will focus on birds and follow the activity, but we will spend some time on a featured trail each week.

In addition to bird species, participants will gain insight about other wildlife potentially encountered, the various habitat types on the property, including the trees and plants that comprise them, seasonal ecological processes impacting habitats and wildlife behavior, and landmarks that offer perspective on past human use of the landscape.

As a bonus, at the conclusion of these outings you’ll meet “Koko”, the Center's Eastern Screech Owl, a very common but highly secretive night owl that one may never see in the wild.

For questions about these walks please contact Jamie Bogart at jbogart@lloydcenter.org or leave a message at 508-990-0505(x23).

Special instructions: Participants should dress appropriately for weather conditions, wear footwear for light hiking along forested trails, and bring binoculars if possible.

Note: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks and social distancing will be required.


30th ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S DAY BEACH WALK (January 1, 2021)

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 Director Mark Mello, for this annual Lloyd Center tradition and celebrate the New Year with a peaceful walk on Gooseberry Neck beach. Focusing on coastal ecology and bird identification, Mark will identify winter waterfowl and washed up marine life. January is a wonderful time of year to walk the coast and observe the effects of wave action on the slope and shape of the beach. This is a very informal outing, and those that simply want to walk are more than welcome.

Masks are required to participate in this event. Proper social distancing will also be employed. Participants should dress warmly and wear hiking boots; binoculars and cameras are also recommended.


HALLOWEEN NATURE STROLL AT THE LLOYD CENTER (October 31, 2020)

Start this frightful day in the woods of the Lloyd Center, soaking in whatever the property has to offer on a crisp autumn morning. We'll comb the landscape in search of wildlife, including woodland songbirds, waterfowl of the estuary, wandering raptors - including perhaps an owl, and mammals such as white-tailed deer which dwell on the property. If wildlife is in hiding, never fear, we'll also identify trees and shrubs which may still be colorful with fall foliage. At the end, "Koko", the Center's resident screech owl, will be available to wish all a Happy Halloween!

Masks are required to participate in this event. Proper social distancing will also be employed. Participants should bring (if available) binoculars, camera, and wear foot wear for light walking on forested trails.


WOMEN’S CANOE TRIP (October 1, 2020)

Ladies' night out! Enjoy canoeing the historic Slocum River. There is a short hike through our forest to the launch site, and all equipment is provided. Wear clothing and footwear you won't mind getting wet, and pack a snack and non-alcoholic beverage.

To pre-register, contact Liz Moniz at liz@lloydcenter.org, or call 508-990-0505 x30.


INVADERS OF THE FOREST (May 16, 2020)

Come learn about the various species that invade our natural forest. Invasive species are plants and animals that our not native to this region. We will learn all about how they get here, why they impact our ecosystems, and what we can do to help natural communities! Hiking through the Lloyd Center trails, we will identify the different invasive plants that reside here, and how they affect the forest. Please wear closed-toe shoes or boots for hiking.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Adeline Bellesheim at 774-628-9241, or email adeline@lloydcenter.org.


OUTER CAPE BIRDING AND WHALE WATCHING TOUR (May 9, 2020)

During May on the Outer Cape, breeding birds have arrived in force and warmer seas are churning with seabird and whale activity. We’ll start at Beech Forest, the last remaining mature deciduous forest on the Cape, where songbirds, including warblers, fill the trees during spring migration. We will then board the “Dolphin Fleet” vessel out of Provincetown Harbor, which will take us out to the Stellwagon Bank marine sanctuary where whales and seabirds congregate in numbers. There you’ll see and learn about these “gentle giants” of the sea. Please see www.whalewatch.com for information about the “Dolphin Fleet” with which we’ll be partnering for this unique trip.

Participants should bring a lunch, extra layers of clothing and footwear for light hiking, binoculars, and camera.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.


LLOYD CENTER SPRING BIRD WALK III – CHORUS IN THE TREES (May 7, 2020)

Take a late afternoon woodland stroll on this final walk of the series, when under the right conditions bird activity can be as high as in the early morning hours. Breeding pairs continue to arrive and set up territories, especially the orioles, whose melodious call has begun taking command of the treetops. Keep your eyes peeled for our resident barred and great horned owls both of which breed on or near the property. Sighting of fledglings of the earliest nesting owl, great horned, are possible!

Participants should bring binoculars and a bird guide if they have them.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.


SPRING BIRD WALK II – ARRIVAL OF THE NESTERS (May 2, 2020)

This walk occurs when the numbers of nesting songbirds which are establishing territories in the forest have increased, including resident birds and migrants just arriving. Forest birds potentially encountered include the striking Baltimore oriole and the common yet elusive yellow warbler. Keep your eyes peeled for our resident barred and great horned owls, both of which breed on or near the property. Sighting of fledglings of the earliest nesting owl, great horned, are possible!

Participants should bring binoculars and a bird guide if they have them.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.


LLOYD CENTER ANNUAL MEETING (April 30, 2020)

More information coming soon.


SPRING BIRD WALK – MIGRANTS ON THE MOVE – 1st in a series of 3 (April 25, 2020)

On this walk, songbirds are arriving as the forest slowly springs to life. Shorebird migration is well underway with nesting birds having arrived, waterfowl which wintered over are still abundant, and the first ospreys are arriving, making the estuary particularly lively during this walk. Keep your eyes peeled for our resident barred and great horned owls, both of which breed on or near the property. Sighting of fledglings of the earliest nesting owl, great horned, are possible!

Participants should bring binoculars and a bird guide if they have them.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.


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