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ZOOM on Nature Series
Zoom on Nature is a virtual walk series focusing on the Island's unique ecosystems, flora and fauna hosted by Kim Gaffett, The Conservancy's Naturalist on Block Island.
Recordings of all previous Zoom on Nature with Coffee & Kim
Coastal Ponds: Wash, Middle & Sachem | Explore Block Island
In late winter, OVF Naturalist Kim Gaffett took a stroll down West Beach to look at Wash Pond, Middle Pond and Sachem Pond -- all separated from the ocean by a narrow (and shrinking) barrier of land. Along the way, Kim points out a variety of gulls and ducks, including common mergansers and American coots.
Win Dodge Preserve | Explore Block Island
OVF Naturalist Kim Gaffett's "Zoom on Nature" series returns with an easy stroll through the Block Island Conservancy's Win Dodge Preserve. Kim also provides an introduction to common raptors that can be seen in this area, from hawks to falcons to owls and more.
Beach Access Loop Walk: SW Point Rd - Lumber Yard - Cooneymus Road | Explore Block Island
Why is there a lumber yard directly on this beautiful Block Island beach? And how do you get there? OVF Naturalist Kim Gaffett leads us down a hard-won public right-of-way to the beach and introduces us to the many treasures she found. As Kim said, "if you can't walk far, look close."
Greenway 1: Great Salt Pond to Beacon Hill | Explore Block Island
OVF Naturalist Kim Gaffett kicks off a new walk series, introducing us to Block Island's Greenway Trail. In premiere, Kim starts from the Great Salt Pond and goes through Ball O'Brien Park and the Island Cemetery, on her way to a historic farmscape. It's a secluded ramble that will transport you to another time and place, illustrating many human connections to the land along the way.
Greenway 2: Beacon Hill Road to Old Mill Road | Explore Block Island
In the second leg of the Greenway Trail series, OVF Naturalist Kim Gaffett starts down an old cart path, now being reclaimed by nature. This route passes near Nathan Mott Park and the Turnip Farm. There is unbelievable beauty to be found by looking closely at smaller subjects, like mourning cloak butterflies and haircap moss.
Turnip Farm & Environs | Explore Block Island
If you go for a walk around the Turnip Farm, go with a sense of adventure! OVF Naturalist Kim Gaffett takes us through all the twists and turns of this great conserved land, plus the Loffredo Loop and the Carey Lot. You'll come away with a new appreciation for the subtle colors and textures of Block Island in winter.
Winter Feeder Birds | Nature Near You
You may know a Cardinal from a Blue Jay, but what are all those little brown and gray birds hopping around on the ground beneath the feeder? OVF Naturalist offers an appreciation for the diversity of Block Island's winter resident birds, along with a look at the different types of birdfeeders that will attract them to your yard.
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