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Asters and Goldenrods: Fall Fireworks

October 2, 2020 / Comments Off on Asters and Goldenrods: Fall Fireworks

Summer may have officially ended, but there is still plenty to see in bloom around Nantucket. August through mid-October bring a roster of newly emerging late bloomers, with the fall…

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Not-So-Pretty-in-Pink: Spotted Knapweed on Nantucket

August 27, 2020 / Comments Off on Not-So-Pretty-in-Pink: Spotted Knapweed on Nantucket

You may have noticed NCF or other conservation organizations’ staff out working along Nantucket roadsides or bike path edges. In more typical years, the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative’s Invasive Plant Species…

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Got Jumping Worms???

June 5, 2020 / Comments Off on Got Jumping Worms???

When most people think of earthworms, they probably picture them tunneling through compost or garden soil, turning old banana peels and yard waste into rich, dark soil. One such species…

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Meet the Mosses

April 24, 2020 / Comments Off on Meet the Mosses

There are different ways to go about enjoying mosses: from a distance they form a richly textured background in a forest, or a carpet across an abandoned sandy area, mixed…

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Nantucket Winter Botany: The Little Green Guys

February 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Nantucket Winter Botany: The Little Green Guys

While Nantucket can’t usually lay claim to epic snowfalls and frigid temperatures, the colder months bring a chilly dormancy to most plants. Rather than expose their leaves to the freezing…

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Downtown Botany Adventures

November 25, 2019 / Comments Off on Downtown Botany Adventures

Since beginning to work on the Nantucket Flora Update project, we have discovered more than 60 plants that are established on Nantucket, but were not included in the most recent…

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Windswept Bog Unicorn Root

July 18, 2019 / Comments Off on Windswept Bog Unicorn Root

This summer, with reduced mowing at the Windswept Cranberry Bog on Polpis Road, you may have noticed a field of towering white flowers in the fields surrounding the cranberry bogs…

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What’s in Your Pond?

June 14, 2019 / Comments Off on What’s in Your Pond?

The answer to that question might surprise you. Ponds are hotspots for insects, birds, amphibians, and reptiles. The combination of wildlife and ever-changing lush landscapes also attracts the human eye.…

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Early Spring Botany: Into the Thicket

March 14, 2019 / Comments Off on Early Spring Botany: Into the Thicket

As winter brightens into spring and we all suffer through the “spring forward” time change, the trees and shrubs in our landscape are beginning to awaken from their winter dormancy.…

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Winter Botany: Twigs and Buds

February 6, 2019 / Comments Off on Winter Botany: Twigs and Buds

During the colder winter months, many of our trees are “closed for the season.” Like island businesses, trees will have an “opening date” sometime in spring when flower buds will…

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