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"A film that will leave you dreaming about what it would be like to step off the edge of the world and discover you could fly."
--John Pancake, Washington Post, on Jacques Perrin's Winged Migration
Conservation Calendar

Island Grown Storytime

Thursday, May 14, 10:30 to 11:00 am, West Tisbury

Storytime at the West Tisbury Library features a seafood, the May Harvest of the Month from Island Grown Schools. Free and open to all ages, more at WT Library or (508) 693-3366

Felix Neck for Little Ones
Thursday, May 14, 10:30 to 11:30 am, Edgartown.
This spring, Felix Neck's "Nursery School Naturalists" is every other Thursday. Watch spring unfold and welcome the warmer weather through stories, crafts, walks, live animal presentations, and more. $9 ($6 for members), ages 3-5 accompanied by parent, registration required. More at website or (508) 627-4850.

Volunteers Needed for Sandplain Grassland Restoration

Friday, May 15, 1:00 to 4:30 pm, Katama.
This Friday, The Nature Conservancy plans to spread native wildflower and grass seeds over six acres of their Bamford Preserve in Katama, so they need lots of help! Stay for the whole afternoon or just one hour; the work involves a lot of walking and can be tiring. Contact Liz Loucks at TNC for more information, (508) 693-6287 or via email.

Mytoi Spring Planting and Garden Clean-up
Saturday, May 16, 9:00 am to noon,

Celebrate Spring by helping care for Mytoi Garden. Spend the morning with The Trustees of Reservations at the Island’s only public Japanese-style garden. Bring your own work gloves, rakes, and shovels. For more info, call (508) 693-7662 or email.

Electronics Disposal Day
Saturday, May 16, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Oak Bluffs.
Many electronic devices and appliances contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful if not disposed of properly, not to mention that getting rid of them at the dump is expensive! Free yourself of burdensome junk at MV Community Services, across the street from the high school. Fees range from $2 - $30 and benefit MVCS. Complete price list and general info here, or call (508) 693-7900 ext. 267.

Wee Farmers

Saturdays, May 16 and 23, 9:30 to 11:00 am, Katama.
Visit the animals and help plant the Friendship Garden at the FARM Institute. For ages 2-5, must be accompanied by adult. $15 per session. For more info, see website, call (508) 627-7007, or email.
Polly Hill Volunteer Info Session

Thursday, May 21, 10:00 am to noon, West Tisbury.

Join PHA staff for an introduction to the many ways you can become involved at the Arboretum. Participants will tour the plant collections, review Arboretum history, and learn what goes on behind the scenes. More at website. Free, but please call (508) 693-9426 to register.

Beach Tracking

Saturday, May 23, 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.
Monday, May 11, 2015
Local News

Nature as Inspiration:
     The Films of Jacques Perrin

Full color filming in complete darkness - a new opportunity to document the hidden world of animal behavior. (Still image from Une Nuit sur Terre/A Night on Earth)

In collaboration with the MV Film Society, this Memorial Day weekend VCS is bringing French filmmaker and actor Jacques Perrin to the Island for an environmental film festival showcasing his spectacular nature films. The festival, titled “Nature as Inspiration,” will be held at the MV Film Center, located in Tisbury Marketplace on Beach Road.

Five of Perrin’s more recent nature films will be screened across four days, from May 21 to 24. A highlight of the weekend will be Saturday night’s North American premiere of A Night on Earth. The film features the first use of new technology allowing full-color filming in the dark, a cinematographic breakthrough for the ability to capture truly natural animal behavior in the middle of the night. Advance rushes from The Seasons, Perrin’s new film premiering fall 2015, will also be previewed and discussed after the showing. Other Nature as Inspiration showings include Oceans, Winged Migration, Microcosmos, and Himalaya. As an appetizer for the spectacular nature films, on May 20 there will be a screening of the Academy Award-winning classic Cinema Paradiso, in which Perrin stars.

The festival will include panel discussions with Jacques Perrin, local environmentalists and artists, live music, and other special guests. There will be an opening night reception in the Film Center lobby on May 21 and a special champagne reception Saturday evening (the 23rd). For tickets and more information please see the Film Society's website, or contact them via email or at (508) 696-9369. The festival is made possible by a grant from The Richard Lounsbery Foundation.
The Art of Conservation
     Contest Ends Thursday!

Thanks to VCS Board member Joan Malkin for contributing to this piece (Photo by Chris Baer)

Last week, a small group of students pushed off onto Chilmark Pond loaded down with bags of camera gear. Paddling in search of the perfect contest entry, they collected photos of the pond, the ocean, wildlife, and the nearby cliffs of Lucy Vincent Beach.
Time is running out! All submissions for the second annual Art of Conservation contest are due this Thursday, May 14. Make sure to register today, and good luck! Read more about the contest is the previous Almanac, or view the poster.

Help VCS Spread the Word About Lawn Fertilizer

Our brand new brochure outlining how to comply with the Vineyard's new fertilizer regulations is in stock at the VCS office. While we are hard at work distributing them to stores and other public places, we want to get this info out to more people than we can possibly reach by ourselves. So we need your help!

Are you a member of a homeowners' association? Please consider taking a stack of brochures to your next meeting and maybe even saying a few words about how your neighborhood can help improve water quality on our Island. (Of course, you don't have to be in a HA to share the word with your neighbors!) For those who work in a town office, library, or public business, you can help out by simply putting out a stack for your visitors.

If you'd like to help, please contact us at the VCS office, (508) 693-9588 or via email. Thank you!
Free Recycling for Boat Shrink Wrap

Attention boaters and boatyard owners/workers: Shrink wrap recycling is currently available in Vineyard Haven near the Tisbury Wharf. Look for the dumpster with the VCS sign on it across from the MV Shipyard. When the dumpster is full, Bruno's will haul it away and VCS will pick up the tab. It really is that easy to help us protect our Island's environment!

Thank you to all the volunteers, organizers, boatyards, haulers, and individual boaters who have supported this program over the years. By now, you have helped keep many tons of plastic waste out of our landfills, incinerators, and oceans.

That's a lot of plastic! See the process, and the product baled for transport. Thanks to Tomar Waldman for photos and her outstanding work on this program.
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