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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 /

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 /

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 /

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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It’s Snowing Snowy Owls!

December 5, 2013 /

On Wednesday morning, December 4th, there were reports of 11 individual snowy owls on Nantucket and Tuckernuck, with sightings on Eel Point, Smith’s Point, Low Beach, Tom Nevers and Coatue! While the presence of snowy owls in the winter on the Cape and Islands is certainly not uncommon, this very well may be the greatest…

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Winter and Spotted Turtles in Medouie

November 7, 2013 / Comments Off on Winter and Spotted Turtles in Medouie

With the dwindling daylight and cooling fall temperatures, the spotted turtles of Medouie Creek have been preparing for hibernation for some time  now. While we humans have enjoyed a beautiful warm and dry fall, the turtles are in need of some real rain soon! Their metabolisms have slowed and they’ve moved into dense shrubby swamps…

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Summer and Spotted Turtles

July 18, 2013 / Comments Off on Summer and Spotted Turtles

June was nesting season for spotted turtles as well as other turtle species on Nantucket. Numerous reports of nesting turtles and turtles on the move towards nesting sites were pouring in throughout the month! While we were not able to document the exact locations of any nests at Medouie Creek, our turtles made some short…

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