Lloyd Center conducts "Spring woodcock walk"
The woodcock is a unique member of the shorebird family because it spends its life near woodlands, more like an upland bird. In addition to open habitats, woodcocks require early successional to mature hardwood forests containing earthworms (their main food source), adequate coverage, and edge habitat for ground nesting along field borders. The Friends Academy property situated along the Paskamansett River offers this habitat.
The program will start with an overview of American woodcock biology, and some relaxed evening birding. When the skies have dimmed we'll listen for the trademark 'peent' call, and watch for displays. At the conclusion of the outing when darkness sets in, we'll play an owl callback tape along the river.
The Lloyd Center’s “Spring Woodcock Walk” will take place on Monday, March 22 from 6:45pm until 9:00pm. (Poor weather date: Tuesday, March 23 from 6:45pm – 9:00pm.) The cost of the program is $8 for Lloyd Center members and $10 for non-members, children under the age of 12 are half price. Participants are asked to dress warmly, bring binoculars, a flash light and a folding chair (if desired).
This program is suitable for all ages. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register for this program, call our event registration line at 508-558-2918 or simply visit our website www.lloydcenter.org and register online. If you have specific questions about the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 ext. 23. Participants are to meet at Friends Academy (end of long drive, near river), 1088 Tucker Road, Dartmouth.
Founded in 1978, the LLOYD CENTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT has achieved a well earned reputation for excellence in environmental research and education. Through its innovative outreach programs, it has established itself as a highly regarded leader in the ongoing effort to raise awareness of the area’s fragile coastal resources and the importance of protecting them.
Located on 55 acres of pristine salt marsh, maritime forest and wetlands, overlooking the mouth of the scenic Slocum River estuary, the Visitor Center is open, at no charge, to the public Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Exhibits include a 15-foot pilot whale skeleton, as well as those of an Atlantic Dolphin and an enormous leatherback turtle. The Center’s aquaria contain local fresh and saltwater fish and invertebrate species of marine life, a touch-tank where one can pick up spider crabs, whelks, hermit crabs, periwinkles, mussels and green crabs.
The view from the top floor “Osprey Room” observatory, which encompasses the Elizabeth Islands and Buzzards Bay, has been named by the Massachusetts's Executive Office of Environmental Affairs as one of the top fifteen “Special Places” in the Commonwealth.
Lloyd Center For the Environment
The Lloyd Center is the only area organization focused on educating the public about coastal and watershed issues, and conducting research on coastal ecosystems and endangered species. The Lloyd Center serves individuals, agencies, and organizations in southeastern New England (Rhode Island to Boston to Cape Cod).
The Center cooperates on a broader level in coastal, environmental, and educational programming throughout New England, nationally and internationally.
The Center's school-based activities further expand their reach to urban audiences. A scholarship program also provides space for ten urban New Bedford students, mostly African-American and other minorities, in the Summer Program.
You can learn more about the Lloyd Center for the Environment at: http://www.lloydcenter.org.