The Ducks Are Back in Town: Lloyd Center Surveys Winter Waterfowl

by Chloe Shelford / Jan 12, 2019 On a chilly December Sunday, volunteers for the Lloyd Center counted 8,494 birds for the Center’s annual Winter Waterfowl Survey. “People often think in winter not a whole lot’s going on,” Lloyd Center Research Associate Jamie Bogart said. “Well, if you look at the coast, there’s all kinds […] Read more »

Large Crowd Attends Lloyd Center’s 28th Annual New Year’s Gooseberry Island Walk

Each winter the Lloyd Center provides an opportunity for nature enthusiasts to stretch their legs to kick start the New Year, while learning about the dynamic Buzzards Bay shoreline. While many great locations exist for this event, perhaps none is better than Gooseberry Neck Island in Westport. Gooseberry, a 73-acre island purchased by the state […] Read more »

Lloyd Center’s Turn-the-Tide Program

by Katie Houseman, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist The Lloyd Center’s Turn-the-Tide program seeks to educate fifth-grade students in Dartmouth about the water quality in Buzzards Bay. In particular, the health of the Slocum River estuary is examined, as well as factors that contribute to poor conditions in this ecosystem. This program addresses interactions between earth and […] Read more »

Birds and Ice Cover Estuaries for Lloyd Center’s December 2018 Waterfowl Survey

by Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate For last season’s December waterfowl survey, we expected that high tides forecast during a “Supermoon” would cause a low count. To our surprise, survey conditions were perfect and the highest December numbers in a decade resulted for that 2017 survey. In this year’s first count, for the thirty-second […] Read more »

Last Call for 2018 Annual Fund Support for the Lloyd Center!

Please consider making a gift or monthly commitment, if you haven’t already. The Annual Fund is a critical piece of our operating budget. For the Center to continue to provide the full complement of programs throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island, we rely on your assistance and generosity. It is easy to make an initial gift […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Education Internships Available: Spring & Summer 2019

Have a passion for science? Experience or interest in working with youth? The Lloyd Center for the Environment is in need of Education Outreach Interns for the 2019 spring and summer seasons! Education Outreach Interns assist educators in teaching in-school and field-based science programs. The Lloyd Center’s educational philosophy is that hands-on, experiential learning brings […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Continues Tracking Winter Birds

By Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate In December, the Lloyd Center will embark on its 32nd Annual Winter Waterfowl Survey, for the first of two surveys aimed at documenting winter waterfowl use of our coastal systems. Since completion of the 25-year summary (1988-2013), it’s been apparent that a select few highly dominant species exist. […] Read more »

High School Students Learning By Doing Through Lloyd Center Construction Project

by Chloe Shelford, Dartmouth Week Sep 26, 2018 These high school students aren’t on a field trip to the Lloyd Center — they’re constructing every part of the new welcome center from the ground up and meeting tough environmental standards along the way. Carpentry teacher Frank Goncalves explained Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High […] Read more »

Dartmouth Barnes & Noble Hosts Bookfair to Benefit Lloyd Center for the Environment – Saturday, October 13

Support the Lloyd Center for the Environment at Barnes & Noble in Dartmouth, MA. In an effort to raise funds for their environmental science programs held in schools in New Bedford, Fall River, Dartmouth, and throughout Massachusetts, the Lloyd Center is working together with Barnes & Noble Booksellers by hosting a Bookfair at the Barnes […] Read more »

Endangered Species Surveys: From the Mainland to the Islands – Lloyd Center Research Wrap-up 2018

The Lloyd Center Research Department is heralded for both intensive efforts to preserve species and habitats at highest risk, and traveling far and wide across the landscape to get it done. This field season was no exception. On the mainland, at the salt marsh that borders the Slocum River out to Demarest Lloyd State Park, […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Visitor Center Temporarily Closing as the Last Project of Transforming A Legacy Campaign Moves Past the Planning Stage!

The third project of Lloyd Center for the Environment’s facilities improvements gets underway September 1st! The Visitor Center (Exploration Center) will temporarily close on Thursday, August 30th for the first phase of the renovations and the addition of the main building. The driveway up to the main building will also be closed to the public, […] Read more »

Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School Students Returning to Lloyd Center for the Environment’s Living Building Challenge Welcome Center Project

With the summer coming to an end also comes time for students to return back to the classroom. For a select group of students at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational-Technical (GNBVT) High School, September also means returning to work on the Lloyd Center for the Environment’s Living Building Challenge™ (LBC™) Welcome Center project. The students […] Read more »

Color Splash Run! Quinn Color Run and Community Fun Fest

This color splash run is an un-timed fun run featuring a designated course around the Dartmouth Elementary and Middle school. Throughout the course participants will experience color splash zones where they will be doused in color, and finish with a color toss celebration! The Quinn Color Run and Community Fun Fest will include music, food, […] Read more »

Summer Programs at the Lloyd Center a Success!

This past week we wrapped up both our Young Naturalist Programs for children ages five to seven, and our Coastal Studies Programs for older students, ranging from grades three to eight. Youngsters from all over came to the Lloyd Center to learn, explore, and enjoy the outdoors. Young Naturalists participated in multiple weeks, learning about […] Read more »

Happening at the Lloyd Center This Summer!

by Katie Houseman, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist Geared towards children ages five to seven, the Young Naturalist Programs have been already running for a whole month! With different themes each day, participants have enjoyed hikes to the salt marsh, creative crafts and slimy science experiments! For the first time, these programs are now being offered Monday […] Read more »

Shorebird Season Summary: Least Terns find West Island, Bakers Beach Chicks Fledge After Rescue

by Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate This was a different shorebird season for the Lloyd Center. For the first time in three decades, we weren’t in charge of protecting state-owned sites, most notably Horseneck Beach, which the Lloyd Center has managed since plovers became endangered in 1985. The site went into the hands of […] Read more »

Summer is Right Around the Corner ~ Have You Signed Your Children Up for the Lloyd Center’s Summer Programs?

Summer is right around the corner ~ have you signed your children up for the Lloyd Center’s summer programs? Programs are filling up! “I love nature! I love looking for salamanders, flipping over rocks and exploring the marsh. It’s so much fun to be at the Lloyd Center. I can’t wait for summer!” – Summer […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Walks Highlight Spring Biodiversity

From the Lloyd Center property to the tip of the Cape and on to Stellwagon Bank, Lloyd Center walks and trips provided a snapshot of the region’s various biodiversity with a focus on spring migrant birds, and another spectacle, the whales that feed off Cape Cod. Starting with the three spring bird walks on the […] Read more »

Transforming A Legacy Campaign Update Given at Lloyd Center for the Environment’s Annual Meeting

There are only 12 fully certified Living Building Challenge™ (LBC™) buildings in the entire world! The Lloyd Center for the Environment’s Welcome Center is the only building in the world under construction by students, that is seeking LBC™ certification! On Thursday, April 26th, members of the public attended the Lloyd Center for the Environment’s Annual […] Read more »

Lloyd Center for the Environment to Hold Annual Meeting on April 26th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: JoAnn Bernier Cornell, On Thursday, April 26th, the Lloyd Center for the Environment will host their Annual Meeting at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School (GNB Voc-Tech). Members of the public are invited to a welcoming reception from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and stay for the Annual […] Read more »

Seals and Secretive Birds Highlight Lloyd Center March Outings

March offers a variety of wildlife attractions that include close-up looks at wintering species that haven’t yet left the region, along with other species beginning to stir as spring arrives and weather gradually warms. Both day and night, Lloyd Center outings sought to capture the various scenes, and the lively landscape did not disappoint. On […] Read more »

Feathery Focus

by Katherine Houseman – Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist What makes a bird, a bird? Most people know what birds look like: feathers, wings, and beaks. But did you know birds have hollow bones and tiny air sacs all over their body?! The Feathery Focus Program uses birds as a vehicle to demonstrate the value of science […] Read more »