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Thinking about Deer Browse ‘Cause it’s Hunting Season

November 28, 2012 / 1 Comment

There are a few local legends about how deer first came to live on Nantucket that range from deer swimming from the Cape (16 miles at the shortest point) to deer being purposefully brought to the island in the 1920s for hunting.  Looking at archaeological evidence, deer have likely been present since Nantucket became an…

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SciFund 100% Club!

November 26, 2012 / Comments Off on SciFund 100% Club!

Wow! With 19 days remaining, we have already exceeded our goal of raising $2000 through the #SciFund Challenge. We are incredibly grateful for all the support for our project. Of course, we are still seeking donations, so please still consider contributing! $2000 is just the beginning for us. Additional money will be put towards extra…

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Getting closer – Thank you!

November 26, 2012 / Comments Off on Getting closer – Thank you!

Our #SciFund Challenge to crowdfund for spotted turtle research on Nantucket is taking off.  We have been making new friends on facebook and getting new followers on twitter (@ncfscience) – all great ways to keep tabs on our research and activities here at NCF.  This week, we have a few new people to thank for…

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Tracking spotted turtles is hard work….

November 21, 2012 / Comments Off on Tracking spotted turtles is hard work….

A few months ago, NCF’s primary turtle expert decided to attach a GoPro camera to the top of a hard hat and set off into the scrub oak to show what it’s like to track turtles through the shrubby wetlands on Nantucket.  See our Turtle project video (tracking footage shows up around 1:45) to see…

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Big Thank you!

November 19, 2012 / Comments Off on Big Thank you!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the first week of our #SciFund Challenge!  We have had great response so far but there is still a lot of work to do.  We have three weeks left to reach our goal and you only have three weeks left to become an active participant and…

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People are talking about #SciFund!

November 14, 2012 / Comments Off on People are talking about #SciFund!

Read Anthony’s interview with us on his blog @iheartanthony’s Research about our current #SciFund Challenge project to raise money to study spotted turtles on Nantucket – http://research.iheartanthony.com/2012/11/14/scifund-rd-3-with-the-nantucket-conservation-foundation-httprkthb-co11854/ And then consider donating to support our research!

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The SciFund Challenge – how to pay for research

November 12, 2012 / 1 Comment

Today, the NCF Science and Stewardship Department is venturing into exciting and unknown territory.  We are participating in the #SciFund Challenge to raise money to study spotted turtles at Medouie Creek.  If you look back over our posts from the last week, you’ll read all about spotted turtles and the large wetland restoration project we…

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Nantucket’s Most Wanted Turtles!

November 8, 2012 / Comments Off on Nantucket’s Most Wanted Turtles!

As implied in the first line of our last post, there are also at least two species of turtles that call Nantucket home that are not native to the island. Non-native species are those that are not naturally part of a local biota and these turtles were either intentionally released here or are escaped pets.…

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The Turtles of Nantucket

November 7, 2012 / 2 Comments

Nantucket Island is home to three species of native turtles: painted, snapping and spotted turtles. There are rumors of a fourth species and we need your help in finding it! Eastern painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) Eastern painted turtles are perhaps the most common turtle on Nantucket and can frequently be seen in groups basking in…

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Salt Marsh Construction at Medouie Creek

November 7, 2012 / 1 Comment

The Medouie Creek Wetland is a large wetland along the north side of Polpis Harbor on Nantucket Island.  This wetland was historically one large salt water marsh, directly connected to the harbor, getting daily tides washing over it.  Sometime in the 1930s, a dike was created to build a road, allowing people access to the…

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