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Ecology Education at a Social Distance

July 29, 2020 / Comments Off on Ecology Education at a Social Distance

Some of our Science & Stewardship staff have taken time out of their busy schedules to engage in ecology education at a social distance. These methods of outreach in the times of Covid are creative ways to show our local & Off-island fans what research and ecology work we’ve been up to in quarantine. Dr.…

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Planning the Future of Windswept Bog

July 27, 2020 / Comments Off on Planning the Future of Windswept Bog

Our Science and Stewardship Department has been busy re-envisioning the future of Windswept Bog, one of the Foundation’s most popular properties, since cranberry cultivation was retired at this site in early 2019. We have been working with restoration ecologists at the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration’s Cranberry Bog Program (Mass. DER) and soil scientists at…

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Meet Our 2020 Field Assistants

July 21, 2020 / Comments Off on Meet Our 2020 Field Assistants

Each year, the Nantucket Conservation Foundation hires 2 seasonal field assistants to aid us in the many diversified projects that we do. From surveying rare plants, to trapping small mammals and tracking turtles, these young ecologists work hard and gain valuable diversified research experience to help them establish careers in the biology and ecology field.…

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Harmful Algal Blooms on Nantucket

July 16, 2020 / Comments Off on Harmful Algal Blooms on Nantucket

by Dr. Jen Karberg, Research Program Supervisor As we dive into the warm steamy months of summer on Nantucket, we are also approaching the season of harmful algal blooms in our freshwater ponds. Algal blooms have made headlines in recent years as concerns have increased over harmful impacts to pets and humans. What should you…

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Salt Marsh Birds Are Looking S.H.A.R.P. on Nantucket

July 10, 2020 / Comments Off on Salt Marsh Birds Are Looking S.H.A.R.P. on Nantucket

By Neil Foley, Education Coordinator and Ecologist Sunrises on Nantucket are worth the effort every time, even for a night owl like myself. Before most of the island wakes for the day and the rotaries jam with the traffic, it’s a spectacular feeling to face the fog banks and listen to a chorus of songbirds…

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The Return of the Worm

July 2, 2020 / Comments Off on The Return of the Worm

If the fog would ever lift this summer, the view of the eastern Middle Moors from Altar Rock might look a little strange at the moment. Large swaths of scrub oak in the Moors have been completely defoliated for the third year in a row. The culprit is an outbreak of a native species called…

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