The Ancient Horseshoe Crab

  One of the most remarkable marine animals in our waters is the horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus), an ancient inhabitant of the sea. It survived the reign of the dinosaurs and continues to fascinate us today, 350 million years after it evolved. Found in tidal creeks, muddy shores, and the intertidal zone along the east coast, […] Read more »

2020 Walks, Talks and Other Special Events

Join us for our 2020 walks and talks programs! Pre-registration is required. Dates and times are weather dependent and may be subject to change. To register, click here or contact or call the office at 508-771-2585. Walks are gauged for all ages and abilities and are free to BLT members unless otherwise noted.   […] Read more »

The Seaweeds of Barnstable

  The shorelines of Barnstable are replete with a wide variety of marine algae, commonly referred to as the seaweeds. Though these organisms resemble plants, they lack the transporting tissues xylem and phloem found in true plants. Algae do make their own food through photosynthesis, but they do not have true leaves, stems, roots, flowers, […] Read more »

Honoring Red Bansfield

Beneath a sea of umbrellas in the pouring rain, friends and family members gathered outside at BLT’s East Bay Road property in Osterville to honor Redmond “Red” Bansfield, BLT’s longtime Land Manager, who passed away in November 2017. In recognition of Red’s many years of service, BLT has renamed the property Bansfield Meadow, unveiling a […] Read more »

Looking for the Fungi – Part 2

By Gil Newton …Continued from last week. The boletes (Boletus spp.) are a common group of mushrooms that are identified by examining the caps which can range from one to several inches across. Instead of gills, the underside of the cap is flattened and the spores are produced in small pores. Color varies depending on […] Read more »

Looking for the Fungi – Part 1

By Gil Newton   The cool, wet months in the fall may be unpleasant to some, but there are benefits to the backyard botanist. Such weather conditions, if coupled with fallen leaves, are ideal for a special group of organisms called the fungi. The fungi are in their own kingdom and are not considered plants, […] Read more »

What Does Land Conservation Mean for Migratory Birds?

By Stephanie Ellis, Executive Director, Wild Care, Inc. (Eastham) Land Conservation – What Does it Mean? To humans, it has many meanings. Land conservation is the preservation of our open spaces and natural resources for future generations. It is the preservation of the earth’s beauty, ensuring that our air, water and land are clean, and […] Read more »

Conservation and Education

by Gil Newton Over the last several years the need for an environmentally literate population has increased. With such complex issues as climate change, nitrogen loading, the reduction in biodiversity, and coastal erosion, it is clear that a basic understanding of ecological processes is essential before deciding on the enactment of environmental policies. The best […] Read more »