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Meet our 2021 Seasonal Field Assistants!

June 10, 2021 / Comments Off on Meet our 2021 Seasonal Field Assistants!

Each field season (~May-October), the Science and Stewardship Department of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation welcomes seasonal field assistants to help us do all manner of ecological field work. Our field assistants are often on Nantucket for the first time, coming from various different places around the country. Come meet and learn a little about this…

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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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Coastal Ecology of Nantucket: A Lecture & Field Course

April 16, 2021 / Comments Off on Coastal Ecology of Nantucket: A Lecture & Field Course

Join Dr Jen Karberg (Nantucket Conservation Foundation) and Dr Sarah Bois (Linda Loring Nature Foundation) this spring to dive in depth and explore the ecology of Nantucket’s unique coastal areas as well and the current and future threats that climate change will bring. Explore the ecology of Coastal Nantucket with Dr. Sarah Bois (Linda Loring…

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Dune Stabilization at Millie’s Bridge

March 25, 2021 / Comments Off on Dune Stabilization at Millie’s Bridge

by: Jen Karberg, Ph.D.; Science and Stewardship, Research Program Supervisor To celebrate the first week of spring, volunteers from island conservation groups and Madaket homeowners gathered together (socially distant!) to finally stabilize the washover dune area near the Millie’s Bridge end of Hither Creek. In about 5 hours, we planted approximately 5000 plugs of beach…

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Freshwater Wetlands Breathe Life Around the Island

February 5, 2021 / Comments Off on Freshwater Wetlands Breathe Life Around the Island

By Dr Jen Karberg, Research Program Supervisor 30 miles off the mainland, anchored in the Atlantic Ocean, Nantucketer’s know better than many how water shapes our natural world. Wetlands are the places where water comes in contact with land and surrounded by the ocean and our many harbors, it can be easy to think that…

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Ecology Seasonal Work with NCF

December 21, 2020 / Comments Off on Ecology Seasonal Work with NCF

The ecological work of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, both the property stewardship activities and research properties require extensive field work. If you ask any ecologist, this is the fun part of the job! Most of us came to our careers as ecologists through a love of the outdoors. Seasonal ecology field employees are the backbone…

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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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