Category: Citizen Science

The Bamboo Has Landed!

Two drifters deployed by the Science Center this year have now come ashore. The first, deployed by Weymouth High School students, lasted all of six days before striking the coast of Marblehead (vertical arrow, on the left). It has since been rebuilt by our summer campers and redeployed (horizontal arrow, on the right). At last […]

Branching Out

Really, it’s leafing out, but who’s counting. In 2014 the Science Center joined the Manomet Center for Conservation Science’s climate change studies by tracking the rate of change in the leafing out of trees on the property. We selected two trees of different species (Beech and Red Maple), chose five branches and measured the width […]

Drifter, 2015

So, in 2014, the Science Center’s Hull High School drifter launched four times, crashed thrice and once was nearly eaten by a white shark. And yet, it rose again for a fourth trip. But this time there’s a change in plans. Since our structure was so decimated after so many crashes, we – meaning our […]

Midwinter Bird Survey, January 2015

  We’ve just completed the second year of our Midwinter Bird Survey, a companion to our June Breeding Bird Circle Surveys. The winter counts take place at the same four points as the summer counts (on Sylvester Bridge, in the Old Field section of woods, in Woodchuck Field and on the small island in Jacobs […]

Tracking in the Snow

It was 10 degrees when we set out for the Midwinter Bird Survey on Saturday morning. Yes, 10. And that was before we factored in the wind chill. The wind was blowing in gusts up to 20 miles per hour. Needless to say, with those temps, at that early part of the day, we were […]

Close Call for the Drifter!

PHEW! Last time we checked in on the drifter, just two days ago, it was heading eastward in a wobbling gait. Our hope was that it would pass north of Provincetown and shoot outside of Cape Cod Bay, but instead, it headed right smack  for the fist of the flexed arm that is the Cape. […]

Fourth Time’s a Charm

Well, our drifter is underway once again, and just in time for the New Year. To recap: First journey – washed up on Cape Cod during a nor’easter. Second journey – discovered in the middle of Cape Cod Bay being circled by a Great White. Third journey – washed up on White Horse Beach in […]

Fall Waterfowl on Jacobs Pond, 2014

We’ve recently completed our 2014 Jacobs Pond Fall Waterfowl Migration Survey. This was the second year of our survey, and with the lack of ice this year between September and the end of December, we had a greater variety of species and a higher number of total individuals sighted in 2014 than we did in […]

At the Pond

Jacobs Pond is not a major migration stopover for any species of waterfowl. This we know from our nearly two completed migration season surveys. That said, there are several species that do arrive here in small numbers in the shoulder seasons, birds that we cannot see during breeding season or when, of course, the pond […]

Bold-faced Truths about Bald-faced Hornets

While out doing our salamander thing ( a few red-backs – seems like the vernal pools dried up too early this year for the spotted salamanders to be truly successful) we flipped a log to find three Bald-faced Hornet queens. (Important untruth: they’re not hornets, they’re wasps.) These three young ladies – and that’s exactly […]