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    On the wild side

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    Among the most common wildlife questions that I get these days runs about like this: “I’m hardly seeing any butterflies. Are their numbers down?” It’s a question to handle with care. A lot of factors...

    In the chair

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    “Penny Lane, there is a barber showing photographs of every head he's had the pleasure to know, and all the people that come and go, stop and say, ‘Hello’.” We all know that tune. It’s...

    Wild Side: The blue jay

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    For various reasons, I’ve stuck pretty close to home this winter, doing most of my naturalizing in or near our tiny yard in Oak Bluffs. This is not to complain: Like Henry David Thoreau,...

    This Was Then: The Holmes Hole skyline

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    Behold Vineyard Haven — or as many of the locals still called it, Holmes Hole — as it appeared in the late 1870s. This photograph was taken on two plates from what is now...

    Join the club

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    The Portuguese American Club in Oak Bluffs has more and more become a place to gather, hang out, shoot pool, listen to music, grab a bite to eat from Mo’s Lunch, and sit with...

    Checkmate

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    Down at the blue picnic tables in front of Bobby B’s in Vineyard Haven, a showdown of wits and sheer skill begins. Despite the chilly weather, a group of seven Island folks gather around a...

    Ask an Island Expert: Are those actual wild turkeys walking around?

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    Well, yes and no. They are turkeys, certainly: Meleagris gallopavo to ornithologists. But they’re better thought of as feral than as truly wild. Truly wild turkeys were wiped out on the Vineyard, and indeed...

    This Was Then: Selim Mattar’s Dreamland

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    Brothers Selim and Meek Mattar immigrated to the U.S. as teenagers, about 1890. They were natives of the city of Beirut, then part of the Ottoman Empire, and today the capital of Lebanon, but...

    Ask an Island Expert: Where can you find a snowy owl on Martha’s Vineyard?

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    At least one of these magnificent Arctic birds of prey turns up here most winters, and in so-called “irruption years,” when prey shortages or overpopulation drive large numbers of snowies south into the northern...

    Can we take a peek? Inside a 12-acre Chilmark Estate

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    The whimsical town of Chilmark — with its undulating landscape of twisted vines and sheep grazing in hilly pastures — has captured the hearts and imaginations of artists, musicians, farmers, nature lovers, and folks...