Show the Lloyd Center Your Local Loves!

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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StoryWalk® at the Lloyd Center

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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Longtime Lloyd Center Researcher Retires

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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Wednesday Bird Walks at the Lloyd Center

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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Lloyd Center Erosion Program

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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Landscaped Butterfly Garden Returns at Lloyd Center!

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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Balmy Conditions Return for December 2020 Lloyd Center Winter Waterfowl Survey

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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Support Lloyd Center for the Environment’s Annual Fund & Global #GivingTuesday Movement

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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Order Your Lloyd Center Ossie the Osprey Clothing Today!

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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Lloyd Center’s “Feathery Focus” Program

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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Lloyd Center Begins Tenth Annual Feederwatch Season

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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A Unique School Year

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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Lloyd Center Samples Moths at Rhode Island Barrier Beaches

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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Lloyd Center Annual Fund 2020

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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Migrant Birds Surround Us

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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NEW! After School Programs at the Lloyd Center!

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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Looking for Walking Trails? Look No Further! The Lloyd Center Has Trails For You!

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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Lloyd Center Summer Program Wrap-up

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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Transplanted Least Tern Chick Survives to Fledge

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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Unshellfish: Lloyd Center Clambake Celebrates Community Amid COVID

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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Lloyd Center Summer Programs – Two Weeks Remaining – Register Today!

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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Predators In Command During Pandemic Plover Season (Shorebird Wrap-up 2020)

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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Meet the Lloyd Center’s Summer Program Interns!

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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