Moor Habitat Management Funding

January 26, 2021 / Comments Off on Moor Habitat Management Funding

The Nantucket Conservation Foundation recently received news that we have been awarded a $24,075 grant to undertake a sandplain heathland and scrub oak barren habitat management project on 24 acres within our Middle Moors properties in the central portion of the island, just north of Altar Rock. This funding comes from the Massachusetts Division of…

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The 2020 Nantucket Christmas Bird Count

January 14, 2021 / Comments Off on The 2020 Nantucket Christmas Bird Count

by: Libby Buck, Ecological Stewardship & Research Technician The Nantucket Christmas Bird Count went off without a hitch despite the addition of COVID-19.  On count day, December 28th, 2020, the island was divided into eight sections.  All the birds seen within that 24-hour period were to be recorded.  There was concern during the planning of…

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Red Cedar Juniper: Of Trees and Micro-habitats

January 6, 2021 / Comments Off on Red Cedar Juniper: Of Trees and Micro-habitats

Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) has become one of the dominant tree species of Nantucket’s open lands, increasingly abundant in our more recently abandoned farm fields. These areas that remain undeveloped are often managed with mowing to maintain open savannah-like habitats. While frequently called a cedar, this species is actually a member of the juniper…

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