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Finding Horseshoe Crabs on the Beach? Here’s how to help!

May 28, 2021 / Comments Off on Finding Horseshoe Crabs on the Beach? Here’s how to help!

Its spring on Nantucket and as we return to the island’s beaches, there are many treasures to find! This year, the really low tides around our full and new moons, one of the most common things on the beach seems to be horseshoe crabs – left high and partially dry by retreating tides. Why are…

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Protecting Nantucket’s Rare Species: What, How and Why?

May 17, 2021 / Comments Off on Protecting Nantucket’s Rare Species: What, How and Why?

Nantucket is home to a remarkably high number of rare and endangered species. These plants and animals occur here for many of the same reasons that people find Nantucket so special­­–its undeveloped conservation lands and unique, windswept vegetation communities. Nantucket County has one of the highest concentrations of rare and endangered species in Massachusetts: of…

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Sassafras in Springtime

May 7, 2021 / Comments Off on Sassafras in Springtime

At home colonizing old fields transitioning to woods, sassafras (Sassafras albidum) can be found around Nantucket, from the maturing forests of Squam to small, scattered stands in the Serengeti area of the Middle Moors, and miniature thicket forests in Tom Nevers, where they endure harsh winds and salt spray directly off the Atlantic. Perhaps best…

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