Storms Shape Beaches For 2024 Shorebird Season

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, forcing sand to be placed…

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Training at the Lloyd Center

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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 rowing, proving that adaptive athletes…

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Dive into Discovery: Support Students with Your Donation!

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, and other species, fostering a…

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

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 learning brings the study of…

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

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 of our cherished animal ambassadors—including…

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

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 two artists who love to…

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Become a Lloyd Center Member or Renew Your Membership Today!

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 for students to learn about,…

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January Rains Again Impact Lloyd Center’s Winter Waterfowl Count

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 waterfowl along coastlines traditionally increases…

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Lloyd Center Kicks Off 2024 With Winter Bird Walks

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. Wind, waves, and storms constantly…

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

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 in select southeastern Massachusetts coastal…

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

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 up to 10 days under…

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Lloyd Center Fellow Recognized as an NAAEE CEE-Change Fellow

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 community of passionate educators working…

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Lloyd Center Continues Bird Feeder Surveys

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 2020 through April during Covid).…

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

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 place was the Estuary because…

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

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 and students have aided my…

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

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 sketch, supplying materials, and building…

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Waterbirds Highlight Lloyd Center Wednesday Bird Walks

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 marsh species which nest off…

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A Lloyd Center Whale Watch for the Ages

Seabirds on a Humpback Whale -Courtesy Pamela Lowell

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 National Marine Sanctuary.  Like our…

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

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 $50 per carload. Lloyd Center…

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Coming Home to the Lloyd Center!

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 safely. My first experiences started…

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What A Year It’s Been at the Lloyd Center!

 by Shannon Ewell, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist As I sit at my desk and look out between the trees to the Slocum River on this sunny, non-humid, perfect summer day – I wonder how I got to be so lucky. This year I accepted a position as an educator/naturalist here at the Lloyd Center, and have…

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