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Rare Plants and Unique Wildlife on our Coatue Property

July 26, 2016 / 1 Comment

*Please note, this blog post was originally published in The Inquirer and Mirror on July 21th 2016 pg 6B in the article series Island Ecology. The Foundation’s Science staff will be regularly contributing to our local newspaper and reprinting articles here the following week.* As we all know, Nantucket is unique in so many ways…

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Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative’s Citizen Science Event

May 31, 2016 / Comments Off on Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative’s Citizen Science Event

Who’s your Scientist?!! Over the weekend of June 10-12th, the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative invites you to participate in our Citizen Science Weekend to learn more about the research that is being conducted on Nantucket by local scientists and how you can be involved. All of the weekend’s events are free and open to the public! Come learn…

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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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Sea Turtle Stranding Season

December 8, 2015 / Comments Off on Sea Turtle Stranding Season

Over the last several winter seasons, Cape Cod has been experiencing record numbers of sea turtle strandings on their beaches. Last year in particular was a doozey with nearly 1,250 turtles rescued from Cape beaches. The previous record was in 2012 with close to 400 turtles. A string of early season strandings have already occurred…

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Report Nantucket Bat Sightings!

June 23, 2015 / Comments Off on Report Nantucket Bat Sightings!

GOT BATS? We want to hear of your sightings! Zara Dowling, a graduate student at UMass-Amherst, received a research grant from the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative this spring to study and document the bat species on Nantucket. Zara has been working with the Nantucket Conservation Foundation’s Science and Stewardship Staff to record the calls of bats…

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Welcome to NCF’s 2015 Seasonal Botany Field Assistants

June 1, 2015 / Comments Off on Welcome to NCF’s 2015 Seasonal Botany Field Assistants

Each summer, the Nantucket Conservation Foundation hires two seasonal botany field assistants to help us collect data on a variety of projects throughout the field season. This year, we are very lucky to have Natalie Pawlikowski and Kaitlyn Evans joining our team! These two ladies will be helping us to locate populations of rare plants…

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Four-toed Salamanders

May 22, 2015 / Comments Off on Four-toed Salamanders

In 2009, Andrew Mckenna-Foster, Director of Natural Science at the Maria Mitchell Association, found the very first record of a four-toed salamander for Nantucket in the vicinity of Sesachacha Pond! Andrew was working on another project at the time and incidentally found the four-toed salamander underneath a plywood board meant to attract snakes. Up to…

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Meet our new shorebird monitors!

May 6, 2014 / 1 Comment

Over the last few months we have been watching shorebirds return to Nantucket – as Karen Beattie mentioned in her previous blog post, we are happy to be welcoming back our shorebird friends! By now, you may have noticed that we’ve erected fencing on our beaches to protect the nests and young of American oystercatchers,…

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Signs of Spring!

March 12, 2014 / 1 Comment

After a long, cold and snowy winter on Nantucket, it’s nice to look forward to the coming of spring! Here are our top 10 sure signs that spring has arrived! 1. American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) The distinctive mating ritual of the woodcock has begun. The male performs a “sky dance” at dawn and dusk, where…

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American Crow

January 27, 2014 / 1 Comment

At this time of year, an incredible sight to behold around sunset on the Nantucket Conservation Foundation’s South Pastures Property is murder! A murder of American Crows, that is! Whether you consider yourself a birder or not, most people recognize a crow when they see one. American crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) are large, shiny black, and…

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