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19th of October 2017

Tunicate Collecting

Tunicate Collecting Katama & Cape Pogue   Great Pond Foundation (GPF) spent yesterday collecting tunicate (sea squirt) samples for the second stage of our Tunicate DNA Project.  Last winter we worked with Kristin Gribble at the MBL to develop a protocol to genetically identify tunicate samples that we collected from Edgartown Great Pond.  Check out […]


8th of August 2017

Dead Whale

Dead Whale to be removed from EGP! Thanks to all of our neighbors for the reports of the whale carcass that washed up on the barrier beach west of the Edgartown Great Pond cut. The ealierst reports we received were that it washed up on the beach as of Sunday. It has since been washed […]


11th of July 2017

GPF Annual Report – 2016

Explore our work in the 2016 Annual Report! We are proud to bring you Great Pond Foundation’s Annual Report – 2016.  Please explore our work and check in on the health of Edgartown Great Pond within its pages. ~ Meet our 2017 field team! ~ Discover the results of our Tunicate DNA Project ~ Learn […]


21st of June 2017

Summer STEM Camp – Build an ROV

Build an ROV with WHOI engineer Megan Carroll! Great Pond Foundation is pleased to be offering a STEM class in robotics this summer at the Edgartown School, July 10th to July 14th 2017 from 1 pm (promptly) to 4:30 pm in their science lab. Students will spend the first four days building the SeaPerch ROV […]


28th of March 2017

Spring Cut

A Strong Cut to Start the Season: After an extremely productive and effective dredging season, the headwater of the Pond and a well-timed cut made for a potent opening.  This beautiful video by island photographer David Welch captures the precarious work of the cutting the Pond and the force of the rushing water.  Note the […]


17th of February 2017

Dredge Report – 17 February 2017

Aerial shot of the 1st channel towards the the beach, in January 2017. Since then, the 1st channel has been completed and a 2nd is underway. Almost Ready for Spring: Since our last dredge update in January, we have essentially doubled our efforts with the amount of sand moved, and, we have now reached the […]


14th of February 2017

Nitrogen Removal by Shellfish

Oysters help keep Edgartown Great Pond Clean: The Vineyard Gazette features an interesting article about a recent study demonstrating the accumulation of Nitrogen in the tissues of local shellfish.  Here is another reason to celebrate the efforts of the MV Shellfish Group and Great Pond Foundation to restore oysters to Edgartown Great Pond over the last […]


2nd of February 2017

In Their Own Words

Learn from Our Interns: Our efforts at the Great Pond Foundation are dually focused on science and education because we feel that true sustainability is achieved when we teach our young scientists, educators, and leaders how to preserve this vibrant Island resource for future generations. Our scientific and educational activities are intimately linked, as we […]


Dredge Report – February 2017

Winter Work to Keep Edgartown Great Pond Healthy: Barrier beach openings Edgartown Great Pond was opened to the Atlantic Ocean three times prior to the start of Dredging Season.  After a one-day false start on October 15, the barrier beach was successfully opened on November 6th and continued to flush until November 15th. Mother Nature […]


Tunicate DNA Project

Genetic Identification of Tunicate Species: We are currently developing a protocol to genetically identify tunicates, or “sea squirts”, from their DNA. Tunicates are filter feeders can be either solitary or colonial.  Thanks to a morphological identification from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientist Mary Carman, we know that there are native species of tunicates currently present […]