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VCS Annual Meeting
Envisioning the Next Half Century
June 23, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Please join us for great food and engaging conversation at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury. As we celebrate fifty years of work protecting the land, water, and quality of life on our Island, special guests John Abrams and Marc Rosenbaum will help spark a broader discussion about what it means to live sustainably for the next fifty years. Free for VCS members, $10 per person for the public.

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"La ferveur du public, compétent en matière de protection de la nature, nous a impressionnés et ravis."
(The fervor of the public, competent in matters of protection of nature, impressed and delighted us.)
--Filmmaker Jacques Perrin, following his trip to Martha's Vineyard for the Nature as Inspiration festival
Conservation Calendar

Arboretum Volunteer Day

Thursday, June 4, 9:00 am to noon, West Tisbury.
Through October, the Polly Hill Arboretum hosts a volunteer day the first Thursday of the month. Dress appropriately and bring gloves – necessary tools will be provided. More info at website, but please call ahead if interested, (508) 693-9426.

Cross-Island Hike
Saturday, June 6, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Each year since 1993, the land bank has observed National Trails Day by conducting a day-long hike across the island to expose people to the network of trails that connect the many conservation lands and public properties. This year's hike extends 20 miles from Chilmark Pond Preserve to Pecoy Point Preserve. More at Land Bank website.

Pricing Carbon: Legislation that Works
Saturday, June 6, 10:30 am, West Tisbury.
A bill currently pending before the state legislature, “An Act Combating Climate Change,” proposes to reduce greenhouse gases by putting a price on carbon. How would the bill work? Will it actually reduce carbon pollution? How will it affect consumers? The League of Women Voters is holding a panel discussion to address these questions at the West Tisbury Library; for more, see press release.

Snakes of Martha's Vineyard

Wednesday, June 10 at 5:00 pm, Chilmark.

Biologists from BiodiversityWorks explain why snakes are special and how you can help with their survey work in this presentation at the Chilmark Library.

Shorebird Tracking
Saturday, June 13, 9:00 to 10:00 am, State Beach.

Walk the beach with a Felix Neck shorebird biologist to record field data, search for birds and nests, and identify bird and mammal tracks in the sand. Meet at the State Beach access trail on the Oak Bluffs side of Big Bridge. All ages, free, for more info call (508) 627-4850.

The Farmers' Market is Back!

Saturdays, 9:00 to noon, West Tisbury.
The Farmers' Market returns this weekend: fresh picked produce from local farms, flowers, delicious baked goods and prepared foods from Island kitchens and more. Outside of the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. For more info, see website.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Local News

A Packed House for First Annual Environmental Film Festival

Left to Right: Jesse Ausubel, Olli Barbe, Jacques Perrin, and Henry de Cazotte (French Ministry of Foreign Affiars). Jesse was a consultant and Barbe the production manager for the Perrin-directed Oceans. See slideshow for more photos.

The first annual VCS environmental film festival was a rousing success! Hosted and co-sponsored by the MV Film Society, the Nature as Inspiration festival featured six screenings of the amazing nature films of Jacques Perrin. Many thanks to event organizer Jesse Ausubel for bringing Jacques and his team to the Vineyard, and to Richard Paradise, whose expertise and hospitality made the festival a joy for all. Special recognition also goes to Jesse for his adept moderation of the excellent Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and local naturalists, artists, and scientists that followed the films.

The Nature as Inspiration festival is part of a broader initiative from VCS called “Connect, Reflect, Protect.” In our 50th anniversary year, VCS is seeking to spark environmental awareness and reflection on the importance of connecting our Island community to the natural world that supports us. With several sellouts and packed houses all weekend – many times packed largely with young folks – there is no doubt that we are one big step further along the path of the Connect, Reflect, Protect outreach initiative.

Thanks to the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, whose grant made this festival possible.

The Art of Conservation:
Winners Announced!

Those are thick envelopes! Thanks to our sponsors, first prize winners took home $100 cash, with special distinctions receiving gift certificates from Mocha Mott's, Espresso Love, Nat’s Nook, Fella’s, Rocco’s & the MV Film Society

The MV Film Center pulled double duty during the film festival, serving as the site of the opening exhibition and awards show for the second annual Art of Conservation high school art contest. This year, a new category was added to the original four (painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture) to encompass the diversity of other art forms students could contribute, e.g., collage, video, graphic design, animation, architecture, etc.

First place in painting went to Katherine Reid, first in drawing to Lucy Thompson, first in photography to Jessica Haynes, first in sculpture to Iris Albert, and a first place for digital media was awarded to Curtis Fisher. Special distinctions were awarded to Margaret Joba-Woodruff (painting); Sean O’Malley, Olin Gannon, Tiki Green, and Susanna Becchio (sculpture); and Olivia Smith, Caroline Roddy, Kayla Oliver, Elijah Laikin, and Pearl Vercruysse (photography).

Winning artworks are showing through this Sunday (June 7) in the Feldman Family Artspace in the lobby of the Film Center (at Tisbury Marketplace). If you miss this showing, catch it at Mocha Mott's in Oak Bluffs for all of July. For a preview, check out the first place winners right now!
Drawing, Untitled
Photography, Smoke
Sculpture, Cape Poge
Painting, Guardian of the Sound

Other News

Clean Up Your Emissions and Save with Rebates and Incentives

Two organizations, Mass Save and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, have a variety of programs that can help save big money while upgrading your home’s heating, cooling, lighting, and other energy-intensive systems. MassCEC offers rebates for heating and cooling, such as ground source and air source heat pumps, among other programs. For another example, MassCEC will rebate $1,250 to $2,250 when changing out an old woodstove for a more energy efficient and cleaner one (but note the deadline is June 19).

Mass Save appears to emphasize rebates for Energy Star appliances and electronics, though they also offer incentives on heating and cooling systems and other home improvements. For example, there is a current rebate offer for up to $2,000 toward insulation improvements.

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Original content by Jeremy Houser unless otherwise noted.