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Almanac Archive for May 22, 2017

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The Annual Meeting
of the VCS Board & Membership

Tuesday, June 27
5:00 pm at the West Tisbury Library
Following the business portion, this year's meeting features an exciting presentation by Rockefeller University's Jesse Ausubel on the potential for environmental DNA (eDNA) to radically transform the way we understand the wildlife in our water. Read all about it at our website!
Quote of the Week
"UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
a sadder and wiser Once-ler,
Dr. Seuss's The Lorax

A free screening of the 2012 animated adaptation is part of this weekend's Nature as Inspiration film festival.
Conservation Calendar

Current Events, Politics, and the Environment
Thursday, June 1, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Edgartown.
Jack Clarke, Mass Audubon Director of Public Policy, leads a discussion on how current events in Washington are affecting climate change, energy, and the environment, and what Mass Audubon is doing about it at a local, state, and federal level. At the Edgartown Library, free, for more info call Felix Neck at (508) 627-4850.

Annual Cross-Island Hike

Saturday, June 3, 8:00 am to 5:15 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 25 miles from South Beach to Menemsha. For more info, and to view the route and schedule, see Land Bank website.

Workshop: Macroinvertebrates and Water Quality
Saturday, June 3, 1:00 to 5:00 pm, Wakeman Center.

Biologist Dick Johnson leads a half-day class on aquatic invertebrates and their use in stream monitoring. Learn how to identify a dragonfly nymph from a damselfly nymph and discover the beauty and ingenuity of a caddisfly larva. Then, head out into the field to sample a stream and learn how identifying and counting macroinvertebrates helps us understand the health of a freshwater stream or pond. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet. At the Wakeman Center off Lambert's Cove Rd (directions), sponsored by Felix Neck, $5 (free for MA Audubon members), more info and registration at website or call (508) 627-4850.
It's Back!
We have just received the brand new 5th edition of Will Flender's ever-popular Walking Trails guide here at the VCS office. Look for it at Island booksellers, order online using this Paypal link ($20 includes $5 for shipping), or drop by the Wakeman Center for a visit and save the shipping cost!
Local News

Presenting the 2017 Art of Conservation Winners!

See in person MVRHS student Grace Kenney's "Attire" one of two first place sculptures in this year's contest at the opening reception this Saturday. 

Join us for a special event honoring our Island’s talented young artists: the awards ceremony and opening presentation of The Art of Conservation, at 3:00 on Saturday, May 27 at the MV Film Center. The annual art contest, first launched by VCS in 2014, encourages local high school students to reflect on the value of nature, what it means to them, and to express themselves through a variety of media, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and digital design. We see this as an opportunity to deepen the sense of place among our young adults and connect them to local environmental issues.
The theme of this year’s contest was “Discovery”: a call to seek out what you hadn’t noticed or experienced before on our island. In an interesting twist, both first-place winners this year were sculptures: a castoff tire overlaid with a weaving of recycled fibers by Grace Kenney (pictured above) and an origami work by David Sweitzer took the top honors, along with a $100 cash prize. In addition, Special Distinctions were awarded to Pandora Bassett, Cameron Moore, Kayla Oliver, Lexus Pate, Olivia Schroeder, and Emma Searle for their photography entries; all will receive gift certificates to local businesses.
The art will be on display in the Film Center’s Feldman Family Artspace throughout the weekend’s Nature as Inspiration festival (see story below). After the opening reception at 3:00 on Saturday, there will be a brief awards ceremony before the screening of Reefs at Risk, followed by the feature-length A Plastic Ocean at 4:00.
Special thanks to all who have helped make The Art of Conservation happen, in particular MVRHS art teacher Chris Baer and local photographer David Welch, who together did tremendous work inspiring, motivating, and guiding the students, and this year’s excellent judges Mollie Doyle, Ben Scott, and Liz Witham.
For a preview of the winners, and to read descriptions of the works in the artists’ own words, check out the Art of Conservation online. You can also view works from previous years’ contests, including “Water,” “Waste,” and the more open-ended 2014 original.

The "Nature as Inspiration" environmental film festival returns this Memorial Day weekend, marking the third year of the collaborative effort by VCS and the MV Film Society to share inspirational and thought-provoking film screenings, discussions, and art with the Island community.  
The festival kicks off Thursday, the 25th with an opening reception at 6:30 PM followed by The Bullish Farmer, a feature-length documentary on sustainable agriculture. John Ubaldo, the film’s subject/protagonist, and co-directors Ken Marsolais and Nancy Vick will be with us for the opening reception, and will be joined by local farmers for a panel discussion after the film. The festival closes Sunday with the 7:30 screening of Tomorrow, an optimistic look at how we can address the most challenging issues of our time, followed by a presentation and discussion led by local leaders in waste reduction efforts.

In between will be a diversity of feature films and shorts, wonderful guest speakers, food and music, the first public showing of the 2017 Art of Conservation winners (see story above), and a great children's program including a reusable bag decorating activity and a free screening of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax. Read all the details at the MV Film Society!

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