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Celebrating the Foundation’s 57th Anniversary

December 28, 2020 / Comments Off on Celebrating the Foundation’s 57th Anniversary

As we get ready to close out 2020, we would like to commemorate the Foundation’s 57nd anniversary on December 28th. On this date in 1963, a group of Nantucketers met at the home of W. Ripley Nelson, who was then the President of the Nantucket Civic League. They came together to discuss the growing need…

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Ecology Seasonal Work with NCF

December 21, 2020 / Comments Off on Ecology Seasonal Work with NCF

The ecological work of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, both the property stewardship activities and research properties require extensive field work. If you ask any ecologist, this is the fun part of the job! Most of us came to our careers as ecologists through a love of the outdoors. Seasonal ecology field employees are the backbone…

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How do Nantucket’s turtles survive the winter?!

December 14, 2020 / Comments Off on How do Nantucket’s turtles survive the winter?!

Spotted turtles are a relatively uncommon species of freshwater turtle in Massachusetts but Nantucket has fairly sizable and robust populations. Still, they are seldom seen, certainly not as frequently as their cousins, the other resident shelled reptilians, snapping and painted turtles. Spotted turtles are secretive and very picky about the kinds of habitat they prefer.…

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This Year, Everyone is a Birder!

December 3, 2020 / Comments Off on This Year, Everyone is a Birder!

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC), one of the longest running citizen science projects in the world, is organized by the National Audubon Society. It was originally started in 1900’s by ornithologist Frank Chapman, who thought it was better to count the birds instead of hunting them on Christmas Day. This year, the Christmas Bird Count…

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