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Oyster Reefs and Salt Marsh Resilience

November 24, 2020 / Comments Off on Oyster Reefs and Salt Marsh Resilience

By Dr Jen Karberg, Research Program Supervisor On an island like Nantucket it’s hard lately to not read something about climate change, sea level rise, coastal resilience, erosion, etc. These buzz words can be heard all around the island from the flash flooding on Easy St to storm erosion near Hummock Pond. From south shore…

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September is Climate Change Awareness Month on Nantucket

September 10, 2020 / Comments Off on September is Climate Change Awareness Month on Nantucket

By Dr. Jennifer Karberg, Research Program Supervisor The Nantucket Select Board has officially recognized September as Climate Change Awareness Month and there are many local events to help learn about climate change particularly on Nantucket “We, the Select Board of the Town of Nantucket in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hearby officially proclaim the month…

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Harmful Algal Blooms on Nantucket

July 16, 2020 / Comments Off on Harmful Algal Blooms on Nantucket

by Dr. Jen Karberg, Research Program Supervisor As we dive into the warm steamy months of summer on Nantucket, we are also approaching the season of harmful algal blooms in our freshwater ponds. Algal blooms have made headlines in recent years as concerns have increased over harmful impacts to pets and humans. What should you…

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Restoring Salt Marsh Dieback through Human Crab Predation

May 26, 2020 / Comments Off on Restoring Salt Marsh Dieback through Human Crab Predation

In many conservation and restoration projects, ecologists work hard to protect native things or bring native things back to a place. But this last year, Nantucket Conservation Foundation Staff acted as predators and aggressively removed a native crab from a few salt marshes in Polpis Harbor. Our prey? The purple marsh crab (Sesarma reticulatum). The…

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Wetland Biodiversity Matters, World Wetlands Day 2020

February 10, 2020 / Comments Off on Wetland Biodiversity Matters, World Wetlands Day 2020

By Dr. Jen Karberg, Research Program Supervisor Last Saturday was World Wetlands Day – a day designed to celebrate the beauty, ecology, value and uniqueness of wetlands around the world. These days, it’s no argument how important wetlands are from marshes that provide homes for ducks and fish to raingardens in splendid summer flower capturing…

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Preparing Nantucket for Climate Change

November 15, 2019 / Comments Off on Preparing Nantucket for Climate Change

by Dr. Jennifer Karberg, Research Program Supervisor The impacts of climate change: increased sea level rise, increased occurrence of strong storm events, increased and more variable temperature and rainfall, temporal ecological disjuncts (ie plants flowering before their pollinators are around), and changes to natural communities (to name just a few impacts) all feel very immediate…

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Update on the Hither Creek Washover, Erosion and Salt Marshes

March 27, 2019 / Comments Off on Update on the Hither Creek Washover, Erosion and Salt Marshes

Salt marshes and shrub wetlands buried under the eroded sand dune at Hither Creek will likely never regenerate but new vegetation is recolonizing on top of the bare sand. Horseshoe crabs, piping plovers and even a state-listed plant are making there homes in the new habitat around Millie’s Pond.

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Using Wetlands to Improve Nantucket’s Coastal Resiliency

January 11, 2019 / Comments Off on Using Wetlands to Improve Nantucket’s Coastal Resiliency

As an island in the Atlantic Ocean, Nantucket intimately understands the impacts of increased flooding frequency and storm events. For our community, adopting ways to increase our Coastal Resiliency is essential to maintaining quality of life, community function and ecological integrity on our little island. So what is Coastal Resiliency? Essentially, it is the ability of a coastal…

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Nantucket Leaf Peeping…We DO Have Fall Color

November 2, 2018 / Comments Off on Nantucket Leaf Peeping…We DO Have Fall Color

Seeing the social media posts of family and friends off island in the autumn, it’s easy to think that Nantucket has drawn the short end of the stick when it comes to Fall Color. There was an instagram post earlier this week taken in Town on Nantucket under a pale yellow tree with the sad…

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Salt Marshes Buried Under Sand – Head of Hither Creek

February 28, 2018 / Comments Off on Salt Marshes Buried Under Sand – Head of Hither Creek

The photos and videos on social media October 30th, 2017 were dramatic. Ocean waves in Madaket washing over the dune separating Hither Creek from the Atlantic Ocean, swirling under and around the stilt house and pushing sand into the southern end of Hither Creek. For a while during this story, it looked like Hither Creek…

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