For information about the three County managed beaches:
Where to go swimming and hiking on Martha's Vineyard
Nesting Shorebirds - Piping Plover, Least tern and American Oystercatcher
Here is a SUMMARY REPORT for these three species nesting on County beaches in the 2004 nesting season
More information on piping plovers is on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website.
Here is a link to the most recent (1996) Atlantic Coast Piping Plover Recovery Plan
For a current list of State Listed Species
Weather, Current Conditions and Tidal Information, including Rip Currents
Weather forecast from the National Weather Service
Current conditions on South Beach from the Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory, located one mile off the south shore of Edgartown
Current Conditions for Nantucket Sound/State Beach from the Cape Wind Scientific Monitoring Station on Horseshoe Schoals in Nantucket Sound
More information about rip currents from the National Weather Service
Marine Mammal Stranding Information from the New England Aquarium
Biological information about many of our seals and whales from The Whale Center of New England, located in Gloucester, MA.
Biological information about harbor seals, our most common seal, from SeaWorld
Biological information about humpback whales and right whales from the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown or from the Fisheries Division of the Federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Organizations that offer whale watching trips from Plymouth, Hyannis (Barnstable Harbor), Provincetown,Boston, and Gloucester
Christmas Bird Count
The National Audubon Society compiles and publishes the results of all Christmas Bird Counts. At their website you can view the results of any particular count or you can view local, regional or national results for a particular species. And much more.