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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by Ashley Gesner, Lloyd Center Education/Outreach Specialist With careful planning and consideration, the decision had been made. Of course, there were nerves at first, the pandemic created a new situation and there was a level of uncertainty. However, there was also excitement! Our summer programs are loved among staff, but how could we run it…

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by Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate Every August, shorebird staff take part in an end-of-season meeting when cooperators share results from the different regions of Massachusetts and the rest of the Atlantic Coast. Around this time we offer the summary of our sites, as we did a month ago in our Lloyd Center shorebird…

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Last year, the Lloyd Center for the Environment held its annual clambake fundraiser despite downpours and rainbows. This year, amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Potomska Road non-profit held its clambake to go and an online silent auction — and the new format did little to dampen spirits. by Kate Robinson, Dartmouth Week Lloyd Center Executive…

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The Lloyd Center’s summer programs run Mondays through Fridays. Sign your kids up for guaranteed summer fun with our hands-on learning lessons! Scholarships available! We are following strict protocols in order to ensure the safety of our students. Register now and we will see you soon for a fun-filled week of nature. Come support the…

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by Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate As of the June update, we reported that the “parking lot pair” of Bakers Beach had its nest exclosed again this season and as expected, produced four chicks. This however, is one of those pairs where the challenges start when the chicks emerge. Two seasons ago, the brood…

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Samantha Medeiros is a graduated senior from Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School (GNBRVTHS). Samantha is furthering her education at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Biology. As an intern during the school year, with the Lloyd Center being her placement, Samantha would assist during the various in-school programs and help feed and…

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Clambake XXXV, “35 Years of Celebrating Science and Education!” We thank our volunteers, patrons, and corporate sponsors! As a result of your hard work and support, scientists, educators and naturalists of the Lloyd Center will continue to move ahead, in innovative and effective ways, to challenge our children, and inspire our citizens to make wise…

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by Adeline Bellesheim, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist The announcement from Governor Baker to close schools and daycares in Massachusetts for the remainder of the school year has left many wondering how this will affect the education of our students. The 2020 school year has been a roller coaster of uncertainty. Just as educators and students were…

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If you haven’t already, it’s time to secure your meal ticket to the Lloyd Center for the Environment’s Clambake XXXV, “35 Years of Celebrating Science and Education!” Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, our South Coast tradition has a new format this year with delicious take-home meal options. Supporters can order either a fresh lobster roll…

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Shorebird Mid-Season Update 2020 by Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate One question entering this plover season was how the issue of a weary public waiting to break free onto their favorite beach might impact shorebird protection, whereby extensive beach must be secured to ensure the nests are protected adequately. Since that time, people have…

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by Adeline Bellesheim, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist As the weeks go by during this pandemic, the new “normal” starts to feel more comfortable. Like any other work operation, the staff at the Lloyd Center is adapting to these intense changes. Although it has been months since the entire staff has sat in a room together, there…

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When Jamie Bogart goes to the beach, it isn’t always for fun. Bogart helps conserve piping plovers, a threatened species of shorebird that lives along the Atlantic coast and around the Great Lakes, in his role as research associate at the Lloyd Center for the Environment in Dartmouth. Last week, he headed out to West…

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Generous friends of the Lloyd Center help sustain us with their membership support. If you have been a member in the past, we are asking you to please give what you can today, and if you have already renewed your membership, we send our deepest gratitude! Our hardworking staff, who have made the transition to…

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 by Adeline Bellesheim, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist It is safe to say that these are strange times we are living through. With Massachusetts schools and daycares officially being closed for the remainder of the school year, feelings of uncertainty and anxiety continue to rise. The pressure on parents to care for and educate their children is…

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