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The Conservation Almanac
     A Radio Hour for the Earth
          The Art of Conservation: Solace & Insight
                Paddling Through a Pandemic

Earth Day Clean-Up: Time's (Almost) Up!

At VCS, we like to say "every day is Earth Day." True, but not every day brings the opportunity to (virtually) raid our office supply closet for prizes. So, on that front, time is indeed running out. If you haven't yet received your canvas tote, hat, or Walking Trails book by participating in the all-April, all-Island, Earth Day clean-up, make sure to get out there tomorrow. We can't wait to see what you find!

Pups for the Planet
Right: Melissa Breese and Booner tackled Upper Makoniky Beach.
Left: Bauer and Kaia helped out Leah Fraumeni at Lobsterville.


An Earth Hour from MVY Radio

Last week, MVY Radio aired a special Earth Day edition of the Vineyard Current, featuring segments touching on the many aspects of caring for our planet. The show opens and closes with a voice from Plastic Free MV warning about our overuse of disposable plastics; in between are segments on local agriculture, climate change, the ecology of trees, bat biology and conservation, a poem for spring, and much more. Thanks to MVY Radio, and Laurel Redington in particular, for putting together this great show!

Dept. of Shameless Self-Promotion: VCS segments can be found at 17:16 (this year's Beach Clean-up) and 32:46 (climate change and Covid-19)

Earth Challenge 2020: Citizen Science for Monitoring Pollution

Earth Day Network launched an ambitious citizen science project this month called Earth Challenge 2020. By contributing your own observations via their smartphone app, you can contribute to a global, long-term picture of how and where plastic and air pollution is affecting our environment. For more, see this 1-minute video, then check the link above to download the app and get started. (Thank you to Jan Orosz for catching this one!)
The Art of Conservation: Solace & Insight

Along with ospreys and green grass, this May will see the return of the Art of Conservation, our annual art contest for Island high school students. Since its first run in 2014, the contest has focused on a variety of themes, leading to the creation of an amazing amount of wonderful artwork. Our hope is that along the way we have in some small way led our Island's young people to a deeper connection with nature.
In light of current events, this year’s theme – Solace & Insight – is simple, yet broad. In a nutshell, we want our young artists to relax, spend some time outside, and share what they find. For more info on the theme, contest rules, prizes, and deadlines (Hint: start soon!), please see this document. Changes for 2020 include the addition of creative writing as an art form, and that by necessity the entire contest will be “virtual,” i.e. submissions and judging will all take place online. We offer our sincere thanks to the teachers at MV Regional High School and the Charter School for their help in pulling it all off – as they do every year!
Photo by Maisie Jarrell for the 2016 Art of Conservation

Pandemic Perspective: Paddling with Dana

Artist and kayak racer Dana Gaines has been keeping busy during the pandemic shutdown by touring the Island's waters, taking in sights and sounds often obscured by human activity. Dana began recording photo essays of his journeys to share with friends, and recently sat down for an interview with oral historian Linsey Lee to give us some extra background. Spend seven minutes for the kayaker's-eye-view of Pocha Pond, Edgartown Great Pond, and the Lagoon – you won't regret it. Thank you to Linsey and the MV Museum for making the interview available, and thank you Dana!

"I know I won't see any people, but I'll see lots of nature." Below photo by Dana Gaines, from his circuit trip around Chappaquiddick

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