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Broom crowberry – Nantucket’s first native flower of spring

March 30, 2016 / Comments Off on Broom crowberry – Nantucket’s first native flower of spring

The daffodils and crocuses may already be popping up around town in  sunny spots but most of the native plants in Nantucket’s moors, grasslands and forests are still waiting for warmer and longer days to flower. Except for one! Hiding in the Middle Moors of Nantucket, in the low and open heathy expanses, the miniscule…

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The Six Snakes of Nantucket

March 22, 2016 / Comments Off on The Six Snakes of Nantucket

The first American Oystercatchers have arrived back to Jetties Beach, mourning doves are building nests right outside the Conservation Foundation office windows, and the increase of early morning bird song surely means that spring is on its way, whether it feels like it to the humans or not! But as one who likes to scamper among the wetter…

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Woodcocks in Spring — A Whirlwind Courtship Every Time!

March 1, 2016 / Comments Off on Woodcocks in Spring — A Whirlwind Courtship Every Time!

Early spring is here: now’s the time to find male American Woodcocks (Scolopax minor) putting on impressive aerial displays to attract a mate. There are a number of locations around the island where you can catch a glimpse of this rite of spring. A calm night — even better, a calm night flooded with moonlight —…

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