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Spring is finally here!

April 8, 2013 /

Nothing says spring like evening choruses of spring peepers! With all the rain earlier this spring, these little trillers were reported peeping away on Nantucket in early March. But for me, spring doesn’t truly arrive until I find my first spotted turtle basking after a long winter hibernation. On Friday, March 29th, the weather finally…

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Wild Cats on Nantucket!

February 22, 2013 / Comments Off on Wild Cats on Nantucket!

There are few issues in wildlife biology that are as contentious and emotional as that of feral cats. It’s akin to modern politics, it seems that you are on one side or the other and there is no in between. For instance, the front cover of a recent issue of the Wildlife Professional produced by…

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Mute Swans (Cygnus olor)

January 16, 2013 /

  The mute swan is the largest waterfowl species found on Nantucket but is actually not a native species to the United States. Valued for its beauty and aesthetic appeal, it was brought here from its native Eurasia and was introduced to parks, zoos and private estates in the New York area during the late…

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Nantucket’s Most Wanted Turtles!

November 8, 2012 / Comments Off on Nantucket’s Most Wanted Turtles!

As implied in the first line of our last post, there are also at least two species of turtles that call Nantucket home that are not native to the island. Non-native species are those that are not naturally part of a local biota and these turtles were either intentionally released here or are escaped pets.…

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The Turtles of Nantucket

November 7, 2012 /

Nantucket Island is home to three species of native turtles: painted, snapping and spotted turtles. There are rumors of a fourth species and we need your help in finding it! Eastern painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) Eastern painted turtles are perhaps the most common turtle on Nantucket and can frequently be seen in groups basking in…

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