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Lloyd Center Crosses Forest and Sea on April Outings

In our region, April is a time of transition. Weather is unpredictable, birds are in migration, amphibians are slowly awakening, buds on trees are few, and the salt marshes are a dull brown. One has to work to find life on a somewhat barren coastal landscape. From a dusk hike at the Lloyd Center, to…

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Mark Your Calendars for Lloyd Center’s Clambake XXXIV!

It’s time to mark your calendar and secure your ticket to one of the summer’s most popular events, the Lloyd Center for the Environment’s Clambake XXXIV “Celebrating Science and Education!” Those who have attended this event in the past, know it to be the unofficial “kick-off” of the South Coast’s summer season – an event…

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Lloyd Center Cuttyhunk Seal Cruises – An Adventure in Your Own Backyard!

by Katie Houseman, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist Join us for our last Cuttyhunk Seal Cruise of the season on April 13th! Each year around March and April, the Lloyd Center hosts seal cruises to Cuttyhunk Island in Buzzards Bay in cooperation with Cuttyhunk Ferry Company. Harbor seals and gray seals are the two most common species…

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Become a Lloyd Center Member or Renew Your Membership!

Dear Friend of the Lloyd Center, Please join the Lloyd Center as a member or renew your current membership. Membership support is essential to the Center’s operations. Due to the generosity of our members last year, the Lloyd Center was able to provide: • experiential environmental education to over 13,000 students; • outreach programs ranging…

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Lloyd Center Prowls at Dusk During Early Spring

by Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate On two separate March evenings, participants on Lloyd Center outings experienced firsthand the rigors of searching for night birds, and how beautiful the early spring landscape can be. The Spring Owl Prowl occurred during a unique confluence of celestial events. A full moon coincided with the vernal equinox…

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Lloyd Center Finds Life on Snow-less Landscape for February Winter Walks

In the early morning hours of February 3, while many were getting sleep in preparation for the Patriots Super Bowl matchup, a handful of folks were out on the prowl, in search of night owls that might be present, and are most active at this insane 3:30am hour. Between this time and sunrise, human activity…

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Waterfowl Numbers Decline for January Count, but Canada Geese Numbers Surge

The completion of the “late meteorological winter” portion of the Lloyd Center Winter Waterfowl Count on January 27, 2019, marks the completion of the 32nd annual survey of waterfowl in our region’s estuaries and coastal ponds from Dartmouth, Massachusetts to Tiverton, Rhode Island, designed to detect trends in migratory waterfowl abundance and habitat use at…

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Lloyd Center hosting Mid-Winter Owl Prowl

Are you fascinated by owls? Do you enjoy a good old-fashioned New England winter morning, especially before sunrise? If so, you can join Lloyd Center Research Associate Jamie Bogart on a Mid-Winter Owl Prowl on Feb. 3, scheduled during hours of peak owl activity. “Owls are mysterious and fascinating creatures that become more vocal as…

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Thank You 2018 Annual Fund Supporters!

The Lloyd Center for the Environment thanks all those that contributed to the Center’s 2018 Annual Fund! 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. Through your tax-deductible…

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Lloyd Center Estuary on Wheels in New Bedford Public Schools

by Katie Houseman, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist The pure joy and fascination this program sparks in these youngsters is contagious! Second grade students leave the classroom exclaiming “This was so fun!” and asking, “Will you guys come back next week?!” Beginning at the end of January, Lloyd Center programs are being integrated district-wide across New Bedford…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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Lloyd Center 2018 Annual Fund

If you haven’t already done so, please give to the Lloyd Center’s Annual Fund! 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. Examples of what your donation to…

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Erosion

Erosion by Katie Houseman, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist Did you know that the Lloyd Center is integrated into the Dartmouth public school curriculum? In 2017, the Lloyd Center expanded from district-wide in third and fifth grades to district-wide in grades two through five in Dartmouth schools! The Lloyd Center staff hosts on-property field trips and visits…

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Second Lloyd Center Building Project Getting Underway

Second Lloyd Center Building Project Getting Underway By Douglas McCulloch, Dartmouth Week The iconic treehouse visitor center at the Lloyd Center for the Environment — originally built as a private home — is set to receive a makeover as part of the center’s $1.5 million expansion project. The nonprofit environmental education center has experienced pronounced…

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