Felix Neck's Conservation Work

At Felix Neck, we do a variety of conservation work, including—but not limited to—osprey monitoring, coastal resilience, and coastal waterbird tracking. 

Coastal Resilience Center

 in the grass © Andy Eckerson
Saltmarsh Sparrow © Andy Eckerson

Mass Audubon’s Coastal Resilience Program uses climate adaptation and nature-based climate solutions to focus on the protection, management, and restoration of four coastal priority habitats. These habitats include salt marshes, bird breeding islands, beaches, and coastal uplands.

Our goal is to help these habitats cope with, respond to, and prepare for current and future climate change impacts in order to preserve these environments and ecosystem services for both wildlife and people.

Coastal Resilience Centers like Felix Neck showcase the coastal resiliency work of their perspective regions (North Shore, South East, Cape Cod, and Islands). Their purpose is to:

  • Educate visitors, community leaders, and policy makers about the climate threats to our coasts and communicate Mass Audubon coastal resiliency efforts.
  • Act as living laboratories where new restoration and protection techniques are applied, tested, and analyzed.
  • Promote policies and regulatory reforms that expand the application of on-the-ground coastal restoration and management techniques.
  • Create opportunities for partners to discuss the latest coastal resilience science and policy.
  • Inspire a “Call to Action” to encourage community members to get involved by providing resources and opportunities for engagement.
Osprey © John Moniz
Osprey © John Moniz

Ospreys are a signature species for Martha’s Vineyard. These iconic birds are easy to see, breed on the Vineyard, and are a beloved symbol of the island. More than 100 nesting pairs of Osprey grace the island during our spring and summer seasons and then migrate south for the winter. Intense efforts by Felix Neck staff, researchers, and volunteers have led to their current success.

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Horseshoe Crabs Spawning

In collaboration with the University of Rhode Island, the National Park Service, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, and others, Mass Audubon is conducting a long-term survey of spawning horseshoe crabs. At a number of sites around the Island, scientists and volunteers will be counting the number of adult spawning horseshoe crabs on and around the new and full moons at high tide.

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