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Quote of the Week
"The failure to consider temperature impacts on Gulf of Maine
cod recruitment created unrealistic expectations for how large this
stock can be and how quickly it can rebuild"
--Pershing, et al
., in the most recent issue of Science
. Water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine have risen faster than 99.9% of the world's bodies of water. Article abstract here
, more background at NY Times
Island Grown Story Time
Thursday, Nov. 12, 10:30 am, West Tisbury.
Guest reader Nicole Cabot from Island Grown Initiative will share
stories and a love of winter squash, IGI's Harvest of the Month. During
the preschool story time at the West Tisbury Library. Free.
Dairy Farming Then and Now
Thursday, Nov. 12, 4:00 pm, Edgartown.
Jim Athearn, owner of Morning Glory Farm, gives a presentation on how
local dairy farming practices have evolved, from the early days in the
late 19th century to now. Followed by a reception with an exhibit of
over 100 Vineyard dairy bottles. At the MV Museum, 59 School St., Edg.,
$12 ($8 for members), see website
for more info.
Polly Hill Winter Walks
Saturday, Nov. 14, 10:00 am, West TIsbury.
Join Arboretum staff for a late-autumn tour, when the bark and tree
structure stand out, along with fruits and berries. Tours run for a
little over an hour. Meet at the Visitor Center and dress for the
weather. Free, more info at website
, or call (508) 693-9426.
Winter Farmers' Market
Saturdays from 9:00 am to noon, West Tisbury
The winter farmers' market is indoors at the Ag Hall on Panhandle Rd. Twenty vendors, live music, and lunch available.
Sassafras Kids' Programs
Saturdays, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Aquinnah.
Outdoor skills, games, and nature exploration for kids at Sassafras. The
fall program theme is fire and open-fire cooking. $38 per session, for
dates and more info see website
or call (508) 645-2008.
Winter Walks 2015: Visiting the Ancient Trees of Seven Gates Farm
In recognition of the 50th
anniversary of VCS, this year’s slate of Winter Walks will be a
celebration of conservation milestones. The first walk of the season is
set for November 8th at 1:00 at Seven Gates Farm in West
Tisbury. Forty years ago, a gift of a Conservation Restriction to The
Trustees of Reservations preserved 1,000 acres of open space, securing
permanent protection of invaluable habitat and part of the Tisbury Great
walk will be led by Tess Bramhall and Director of the Harvard Forest
Dr. David Foster, and will include a visit to some of the oldest trees
on the Island. Space is limited, so please contact the VCS office by this Friday to reserve your spot.
VCS has been sponsoring free guided walks for thirty years. This season, join your conservation-minded friends and neighbors for five educational and invigorating explorations of the outdoors! Winter Walks are from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on the second Sunday of the months of November through March.
Visualizing the Island Plan
If you’re not yet familiar with the Island Plan, read all about it at the MVC website.
Covering 9 broad topics and 207 specific strategies, the Commission’s
major planning document is intended to, in their words, “Chart a course
to the kind of future the Vineyard community wants, and to outline a
series of actions to help us navigate that course.”
The MV Commission’s current “Map of the Month” is a visualization
of the Island Plan, in a very big-picture sense (both literally and
figuratively). Their Land Use Guidance Map
provides a broad description of the historical uses of different areas,
along with suggested policy changes at the Town and MVC levels.
For Sculptors of Plastic, Beaches Provide an Embarrassment of Riches
Check out these 13 sculptures
created using bits of plastic garbage found on beaches – amazing,
beautiful work, but probably not a realistic option for sequestering the
millions of tons of plastic already in the ocean.
We'll keep doing our part to clean it up,
but any real solution is going to ultimately require that there be less
plastic out there: less manufactured, less thrown away, even less of it
recycled. Just get rid of it.