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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Winter Life of the Salt Marsh

January 26, 2017 / Comments Off on The Winter Life of the Salt Marsh

*Please note, this blog post was originally published in The Inquirer and Mirror on January 19, 2017  in the article series called Island Ecology. The Foundation’s Science staff will be…

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Rare Wetlands in the Midst of an Old Trash Dump

August 17, 2016 / Comments Off on Rare Wetlands in the Midst of an Old Trash Dump

*Please note, this blog post was originally published in The Inquirer and Mirror on August 11th, 2016  in the article series called Island Ecology. The Foundation’s Science staff will be…

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Nantucket Coastal Plain Pond Hydrology and Globally Rare Plants

July 20, 2016 / Comments Off on Nantucket Coastal Plain Pond Hydrology and Globally Rare Plants

*Please note, this blog post was originally published in The Inquirer and Mirror July 14th 2016 pg 4B in the article series Island Ecology. The Foundation’s Science staff will be…

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Broom crowberry – Nantucket’s first native flower of spring

March 30, 2016 / Comments Off on Broom crowberry – Nantucket’s first native flower of spring

The daffodils and crocuses may already be popping up around town in  sunny spots but most of the native plants in Nantucket’s moors, grasslands and forests are still waiting for…

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World Wetlands Day 2016

February 2, 2016 / Comments Off on World Wetlands Day 2016

February 2nd is World Wetlands Day, celebrated internationally every year since 1997 to commemorate the signing of the Convention on Wetlands in Ramsar, Iran. The Ramsar Convention represents a multi-national treaty…

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Salt Marsh Dieback and the Purple Marsh Crab on Nantucket

December 22, 2015 / Comments Off on Salt Marsh Dieback and the Purple Marsh Crab on Nantucket

Unexplained die off of salt marsh plants, particularly along creek edges and the low tide line, has become an increasing issue along the New England coast since the 1990s. Along…

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