It’s a moonlit August night on Martha’s Vineyard, and deep in the woodlands on the island’s south shore, wildlife biologists Luanne Johnson and Liz Baldwin are setting up a weighing station for northern long-eared bats.
“Martha’s Vineyard and Long Island are among the few places where you can still find a northern long-eared bat,” Johnson said.
No, those aren't bananas in those boxes. The New England Aquarium and other organizations who are knee-deep in cold-stunned turtle rescues and have run out of the traditional plastic boxes used to transport the stranded animals.
The record has nearly doubled from last year with reports of close to 1000 turtles washing up on Cape Cod shores this year. In the wee hours of Tuesday morning more than 190 turtles were packed up with the help of volunteers and shipped off to Florida, North Carolina and other Southern destinations.
Keeping Nantucket Powered is a Challenge as Demand for Electricity Rises, by Jason Graziadei
Keeping an island 30 miles off the mainland supplied with fuel and electricity is hard enough, and on Nantucket, there’s also the need to account for the seasonal population that creates a short but significant surge in the demand for energy. It's a complex energy system that is constantly evolving with advances in technology and transportation.
There are a lot of upsides to plug-in electric vehicles, which is why state and federal officials are pushing hard to bring them into the mainstream. The technology promises to help reduce our reliance on imported petroleum products; the cars can be charged overnight or at times when the electric grid is less taxed; and they produce zero tailpipe emissions.
LISTEN as an NStar spokesperson discusses a customer's electricity bill.
Utility company officials don't usually make house calls. But NStar spokesperson Michael Durand agreed to sit down with an NStar customer and talk about her electric bill. So we introduced Durand to 72-year-old Barbara Meehan of Wareham.
Solar-Powered Raspberries and Organic Electricity, A Cape Cod Notebook, by Robert Finch
I am not someone who is usually obsessed with my energy consumption. Our house is pretty tight and well-insulated, and we use a relatively modest amount of electricity and fossil fuels to meet our energy needs.