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    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...

    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...

    Ask an Island Expert: What bird makes those big nests on top of poles...

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    Those are osprey, or Pandion haliaetus, if you’re a biologist. A summertime resident on the Island, the osprey is a common nesting species and a much-loved part of our bird life. Under wholly natural...

    Ask an Island Expert: What exactly is a beetlebung tree?

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    By Abigail Higgins Beetlebung: a beautiful tree with a wonderful name. Many people are not especially tree-aware, but everyone perks up when they hear “beetlebung.” It is a catchy name, and belongs to a native...

    Can we take a peek? An Edgartown home by the harbor

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    There are certain clues that hint you’re nearing a beautiful Vineyard home. The first: The GPS won’t take you there. It’ll send you circling nearby neighborhoods, but there’s no finding this place unless you...

    Ask an Island Expert: What is a pinkletink?

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    “Pinkletink” is a Vineyard name for a tiny frog, known to biologists as Pseudacris crucifer. I’ve never heard “pinkletink” used anywhere other than on the Vineyard; “spring peeper” is a more widely used common...

    Seaplanes coming to the Vineyard

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    Cape Air announced last week it had acquired the assets of Shoreline Aviation, a seaplane operator based out of East Haven, Conn. The acquisition includes 10 seaplane aircrafts, three owned by Shoreline and seven which...

    Wampum: The jewel of the Island

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    The Wampanoag people of Martha’s Vineyard (originally called Noepe by the Wampanoag) have been crafting wampum out of the quahog shell (hard-shelled clam) for thousands of years. The purple and white striations and patterns...