Sewers and Oysters Said to Be Saviors For Ponds in Peril
Peter Brannen

Last summer the Vineyard Conservation Society succeeded in convincing Islanders that their ponds were indeed in peril. At this year’s Ponds in Peril forum, Islanders learned what they could do about it.

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VCS Annual Meeting

VCS Annual Meeting

The 47th annual meeting of the board and membership of the Vineyard Conservation Society (VCS) will take place at the Wakeman Conservation Center in Tisbury on Tuesday, June 26, at 5 p.m. This year’s meeting will feature a presentation by landscape designer and native plant specialist Kristin Henricksen.

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Winter Walk Goes in Search of Otters

Winter Walk Goes in Search of Otters

The Vineyard Conservation Society is hosting a winter walk on Sunday, Jan. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. and they are looking for otters. The walk will be led by wildlife biologists Luanne Johnson and Liz Baldwin along the protected lands around the Wakeman Conservation Center, starting at the Cranberry Acres bogs and continuing to the Hoft Farm. The plan is to explore the trails, fields, and bogs of this area while searching for otter tracks and learning about how they perceive the landscape.

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Tracks, Glassy Slides, and Scat, Elusive Otters Leave Their Marks
Anna Thomas

This is what 118 people saw on Sunday afternoon’s otter walk sponsored by the Vineyard Conservation Society: three ducks, five dogs on leashes, a rusted tractor wheel, and four folding chairs with broken seats.

This is what they did not see: otters. But they saw plenty of evidence that otters are alive and well on the Island.

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