by Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate As mentioned in recent waterfowl survey summaries, the last few winters have conjured images of global warming and climate change. Balmy temperatures and a green-brown, snow-less landscape have curtailed recreational activities, particularly for those that embrace traditional winter season and its snow cover. This season, winter finally returned…

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Spend your vacation week discovering all the amazing things happening in spring! Children ages six to ten will engage in an exciting week of hands-on activities, experiments, games, crafts and trail walks. April Vacation Week Adventures will be lead by Lloyd Center educators who will take children through the Center’s ponds, woods, and fields, to…

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by Kate Robinson, Editor, Dartmouth Week When faced with a puddle, Dartmouth resident Colin Spell didn’t just put on some rainboots: he went to work. The 14-year-old Eagle Scout candidate put in a new drainage system at the Lloyd Center for the Environment last November for his final scout project. His work helped the local…

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With your support, the Lloyd Center has environmental education covered! In 2021, Lloyd Center educators and naturalists continue to zoom into classrooms, offer safe, socially-distanced outreach programs, and environmental research. Our trails continue to remain open to an increased number of visitors. If you haven’t already, please consider making a gift or monthly commitment. More…

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Show Us Your “Local Loves”! The Lloyd Center encourages its members and patrons to support local restaurants and shops by donating gift certificates or products this February from their favorite local places to eat and shop. If you would like to support the Center as well as your “local favorite”, please mail your donation to…

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During the pandemic the Lloyd Center has been looking for more ways to provide the community with safe nature experiences. We recently learned about the StoryWalk® Project. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library. This…

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by Christopher Shea, Dartmouth Week After nearly 35 years of serving at the Lloyd Center, longtime Research Director Mark Mello has retired. First hired as research coordinator in 1986, Mello’s start at the center actually began three years prior. Mello said it all began after his mother showed him a news clipping that there was…

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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…

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by Amanda Nowicki, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist The Lloyd Center for the Environment has been engaging students in the fascinating processes of weathering and erosion since 2017! The Erosion Program was originally developed in collaboration with teachers at Quinn Elementary School in Dartmouth, MA, in an effort to deliver hands-on activities to students that reinforce the…

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A big THANK YOU to Lloyd Center volunteer Jay Carvalho of Case Consulting!! The Lloyd Center staff is ecstatic and grateful for all the work that Jay performed at the Center last weekend. During external renovations to the Lloyd Center’s main building, the grounds and butterfly garden took a bit of a beating, leaving lots…

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by Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate Lloyd Center staff and volunteers returned to coastal ponds and estuaries on Sunday, December 13th, for the first count of the 34th Annual Winter Waterfowl Survey of sites extending from Sakonnet Point in Little Compton, Rhode Island, to Padanaram in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. The count was postponed a week…

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In conjunction with the Lloyd Center for the Environment’s 2020 Annual Fund, the Lloyd Center has joined the #GivingTuesday movement. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually…

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Ossie the Osprey is the Lloyd Center for the Environment’s official mascot, affectionately known and loved by the Center’s Summer Program students. Now you can get your very own t-shirt, long sleeve t-shirt, or hoodie (available in three colors). These cozy tops also make wonderful gifts! Help lift the Lloyd Center’s budget with your purchase…

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by Amanda Nowicki, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist Feathery Focus is a multi-encounter program that has been taught by the Lloyd Center for the Environment Education Department for 18 years. Students in many school districts, including Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Fall River, and Westport, have benefited from this experience. The Lloyd Center collaborates with the Westport River Watershed Alliance…

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by Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate This past late September and early October, the time frame when later waves of fall migrant songbirds pass through the region, a yellow-rumped warbler appeared at our feeder area. Although many species have since come and gone, this is the one warbler species known to spend the winter…

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by Amanda Nowicki, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist On Monday, October 5th, the Lloyd Center hosted its first After School Program, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. As both a mother of a child in a hybrid school setting and an educator at the Lloyd Center, I feel that this After School Program fills a niche that…

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by Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate In recent years, the Lloyd Center Research Department has been sampling the moth community associated with beaches in Massachusetts. Last year, we surveyed South Cape Beach in Falmouth, and the large Westport Barrier Beach containing Cherry and Webb, Bakers Beach, and Horseneck Beach State Reservation. This season, grant…

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For thousands of South Coast students, the Lloyd Center has been their only source of in-classroom naturalist visits and on-site field trips, but like many other local organizations, our program has been hit hard by the COVID-19 closures (see chart). We’ve had to adapt to make sure that nature education doesn’t disappear from the lives…

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by Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate On September 24, both a Red-breasted Nuthatch and Blue-headed Vireo visited our bird feeders at the Lloyd Center for the Environment. Compared to our familiar White-breasted Nuthatch, the red-breasted breeds further north and is less common, except during irruption years when high numbers head south due to food…

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We are excited to announce that the Lloyd Center for the Environment is adding After School Programs for children ages six through ten! Join us for outdoor fun! Held primarily outdoors, Lloyd Center Educators will take advantage of the outdoor classroom as they provide STEM activities and lessons for the students. The focus will be…

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The Lloyd Center for the Environment, located at 430 Potomska Road in Dartmouth, sits on 82 acres of oak-hickory forest, freshwater wetlands, salt marsh, and estuary. The Center’s seven walking trails offer scenic views of Buzzards Bay, DCR Demarest Lloyd State Park, Mishaum Point, and the islands. Kettle holes, moraine, and a Native American midden…

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