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Could a Piping Plover be Your Spirit Animal?

April 30, 2021 / Comments Off on Could a Piping Plover be Your Spirit Animal?

What type of beach goer are you? Do you prefer your own private beach for miles or like to be right next to your neighbor? Depending on your answer, you may be very similar to a Piping Plover! Yes, Piping Plovers are little grey and white birds with an orange beak with a black tip…

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Who’s Who-ooo: Our Nantucket Owls

March 12, 2021 / Comments Off on Who’s Who-ooo: Our Nantucket Owls

by: Libby Buck, Ecological Stewardship & Research Technician Have you ever wondered how many species of owls you can see on Nantucket? Right now (March-April) is the magical time of year where you could be lucky enough to encounter up to 5 different species right here on our delightful island. Our owls include common species…

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The 2020 Nantucket Christmas Bird Count

January 14, 2021 / Comments Off on The 2020 Nantucket Christmas Bird Count

by: Libby Buck, Ecological Stewardship & Research Technician The Nantucket Christmas Bird Count went off without a hitch despite the addition of COVID-19.  On count day, December 28th, 2020, the island was divided into eight sections.  All the birds seen within that 24-hour period were to be recorded.  There was concern during the planning of…

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This Year, Everyone is a Birder!

December 3, 2020 / Comments Off on This Year, Everyone is a Birder!

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC), one of the longest running citizen science projects in the world, is organized by the National Audubon Society. It was originally started in 1900’s by ornithologist Frank Chapman, who thought it was better to count the birds instead of hunting them on Christmas Day. This year, the Christmas Bird Count…

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Shorebird Season Update

August 21, 2020 / Comments Off on Shorebird Season Update

Every year the shorebird breeding season has its challenges and 2020 was no different. Fortunately for us, the shorebirds were unaware of Covid-19 and still continued to nest at their respective beaches across the island. From the 2020 preliminary data for Nantucket which includes Tuckernuck and Muskeget Islands, there was a total of 57 breeding…

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Feeling ‘Crabby’ After Dark?

June 12, 2020 / Comments Off on Feeling ‘Crabby’ After Dark?

Moonlight, warm waters, and high tides are the perfect conditions to bring in the one of the most mysterious marine animals to Nantucket shores. In late May through June, horseshoe crabs will start their journey from the the ocean floor to shoreline to lay their eggs. The females are noticeably larger in diameter as compared…

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The 2019 Nantucket Christmas Bird Count

January 16, 2020 / Comments Off on The 2019 Nantucket Christmas Bird Count

by: Libby Buck, Ecological Stewardship & Research Technician The National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count just celebrated its 120th birthday, making it one of one of the longest running citizen science projects. Up until 1900, it was a Christmas tradition for hunters to go out on Christmas Day and hunt as many birds as they…

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Successful Shorebird Season

August 23, 2019 / Comments Off on Successful Shorebird Season

by: Libby Buck, Ecological Stewardship & Research Technician It is August and the days are slowly growing shorter and the end of summer is approaching.  The shorebirds on Nantucket are getting ready to start their long journey south.  I am happy to report our efforts to protect the endangered & threatened species this year have yielded some…

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Calling All Birders: We Need Your Help!

May 21, 2019 / Comments Off on Calling All Birders: We Need Your Help!

The Nantucket Conservation Foundation currently owns and maintains nearly one third of Nantucket’s open space. We know there are many birding hotpots within those 9,006 acres and we want to know what birds are being observed. The Science & Stewardship Department is looking to the local community and visitors for help with collecting this data.…

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Family Stay-cation Scavenger Hunt is a Success!

February 28, 2019 / Comments Off on Family Stay-cation Scavenger Hunt is a Success!

For February break Nantucket Conservation Foundation put together a fun family scavenger hunt for those who didn’t travel for vacation. We are happy to say this was extremely successful having almost 100 kids sign up! This free scavenger hunt was designed to get families outside and to explore six different properties owned by Nantucket Conservation…

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