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A Little Winter Color

January 4, 2019 / Comments Off on A Little Winter Color

Even in winter, when browns, greys or sage greens of lichens dominate the island color palette, you can still find some vivid evergreens while walking the trails of conservation properties…

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Winter Botany: Marcescent Leaf Mysteries

December 3, 2018 / Comments Off on Winter Botany: Marcescent Leaf Mysteries

If you happen to be wandering through Squam Swamp or Squam Farm as autumn gives way to winter, you may notice that while most of the trees have already shed…

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In Bloom Now: American Cow-Parsnip

June 14, 2018 / Comments Off on In Bloom Now: American Cow-Parsnip

If you’re out and about on Nantucket this month and see super-sized umbels of white flowers that resemble Queen Anne’s lace but are the size of dinner plates, topping plants…

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Tiny insects may save island’s black oaks

June 1, 2018 /

Over the last few years, homeowners and land managers have been watching the increasing insect damage to the island’s black oak trees. Last year, the Nantucket Conservation Foundation and the…

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Wildflowers Signal Shift to Autumn

September 12, 2017 / Comments Off on Wildflowers Signal Shift to Autumn

As the weather begins to hint of September crispness, there are a couple of island wildflowers that signal the shift. You’ll know that change is in the air when swamp…

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What’s Ailing Nantucket’s Black Oaks?

August 4, 2017 / Comments Off on What’s Ailing Nantucket’s Black Oaks?

By Kelly A. Omand If you spend a lot of time looking upwards in the forests of Nantucket, you may have observed something sinister occurring in the canopy of our…

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Looking for a Nantucket Earth Day Event? Spring Fest is Coming!

April 18, 2017 /

Earth Day 2017 (Saturday, April 22nd) is shaping up to be an interesting one, as people around the world come together to support both environmental awareness and science. While there…

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Voracious viburnum beetle has arrived

August 12, 2016 / Comments Off on Voracious viburnum beetle has arrived

*Please note, this blog post was originally published in The Inquirer and Mirror on July 28th, 2016 on pg 11B in the article series called Island Ecology. The Foundation’s Science…

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Celebrating Local Color: Native Wildflowers at Work!

June 30, 2016 / Comments Off on Celebrating Local Color: Native Wildflowers at Work!

A recent NCF “Mornings for Members” walk at Windswept Bog (free to members of NCF with signup)  highlighted some of our most beautiful native wildflowers. Natives are plants that arrived…

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Garlic Mustard: Friend or Foe in the Battle Against Deer Ticks?

May 11, 2016 /

Recently I heard a provocative statement to the effect that “garlic mustard is Mother Nature’s way of getting rid of deer ticks.” Naturally I needed to find out more. Could this actually…

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