Sam Moore – Bird Nerd

Felix Neck is grateful for all the volunteers that help out at the wildlife sanctuary. For this Volunteer Spotlight, we spoke with Sam Moore about the first six months of his volunteer experience.

Why have you chosen to volunteer at Felix Neck? And for how long have you been a volunteer?

I chose to volunteer at Felix Neck because I wanted a place to regularly spend time outside, and a place to learn more about local ecology and conservation on Martha's Vineyard. I've been trying to come once a week since November, so about six months.

What has your experience been like? What have you been involved with?

My experience has been great! Everybody is very friendly, and being around a place with so many wild happenings has taught me a lot about Island ecosystems. I've done some clearing of invasive brush, yanked out pitch pines, walked the trails looking for fallen limbs, and recently I've been monitoring the bird boxes by the parking lot for nests, eggs, and baby birds, as well as learning how to keep an eye on the oystercatchers on Sengekontacket Pond.

What has been your favorite part about volunteering at Felix Neck?

My favorite part has been watching the nesting process unfold for Eastern bluebirds, tree swallows, and the dastardly house sparrow. When you observe these birds week after week, you start to build a story up about them in your mind, and I usually find something to be surprised by every time.

Anything else you want to share?

In general, my time at Felix Neck is a part of my week that I always look forward to, and I'm grateful to the staff for being so willing to share all their bird nerd wisdom!