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Almanac Archive for Dec. 3, 2019

Conservation Almanac Special Edition
     Winter Walk at Featherstone
          Bat Help Wanted
               Giving Tuesday             

Walk & Create with VCS and Featherstone

Join VCS and Featherstone staff for a unique and fun activity for kids (and kids at heart). We will walk the trails through the Oak Bluffs conservation lands surrounding the Featherstone studio and then return to the studio for nature-inspired art. 

Last year was an especially snowy edition of our Walk & Create, featuring a short, chilly walk and a painting project led by Featherstone's Coral Shockey. Read all about it in the MV Times.

Southern Woodlands: Oak Bluffs' Dramatic Conservation Story
The 6.5-acre property that today houses the Featherstone Center for the Arts is adjacent to more than 200 acres of Land Bank holdings at the Southern Woodlands. Permanently protected in 2004, it is one of the last large undeveloped tracts of land in Oak Bluffs. The protection of the Southern Woodlands was a protracted effort, a convoluted, and at times dramatic, success story for conservation.

Snow gear, artists' aprons, and cookies were the order of the day at the last edition of our "Walk & Create" event.

Got Bats?
Bold Biologists Seeking Basement Bats

VCS's next-door neighbor (and favorite wildlife research and youth mentoring organization) BiodiversityWorks is asking for help from the community in locating hibernating bats. The Northern long-eared bat is in drastic decline throughout the northeast due to a non-native fungal infection that spreads in hibernation sites. The good news is that they are persisting here on Martha's Vineyard. Instead of flying to caves on the mainland for the winter, some stay here in damp basements or crawlspaces, gaining access through small gaps in vents or bulkhead doors.

To help our local bat population, as well as the species in general, we need to learn more about the spaces they are choosing to hibernate in, and why. If you have a basement or crawlspace, please keep an eye out for bats! If you see them, please email BiodiversityWorks or call at (508) 690-0993.

Giving Tuesday
Did you really think we wouldn't ask?

By now, you've probably already seen half a dozen emails from your favorite nonprofits noting that today is to be the antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday (both dutifully capitalized), as well as all the other general indulgences of the holiday season. With the Almanac inbox overstuffed with appeals, we'd like to use this space to call attention to the work of two colleague organizations doing their part to preserve the natural environment of Martha's Vineyard: BiodiversityWorks (see above story), the Island's leader in wildlife science and monitoring, and Island Grown Initiative, who, in addition to all their other vital work, is now taking the lead in a collaborative effort (with  local Boards of Health, VCS, and others) to tackle the massive problem -- and potential resource -- of food waste.

Our Appeal: Join & Support VCS!
The Vineyard Conservation Society has been working for more than fifty years to protect our Island’s land, water, and natural resources, ensuring a beautiful, healthy, and sustainable environment for the future. From protecting the Lobsterville Moors in the 1960s, through five decades of conserving open space, farms, and crucial natural habitats Island-wide, to today’s initiatives, VCS has left many footprints on our Island home.

As a membership organization, VCS relies on the support of the Island community. So, if you are not already a member, please join today!

And to our members, ­ we ask that you keep us in mind for your holiday plans and year-end charitable giving. Please support VCS with a gift in whatever amount you can, and help spread the spirit of conservation to family and friends with a gift membership.
Thank you!

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