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Meet our Ecological Field Assistants!

June 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Meet our Ecological Field Assistants!

Each year, the Nantucket Conservation Foundation’s Science and Stewardship staff hires 2 Seasonal Ecology Field Assistants to help completely all of our many research and management related objectives over the summer and early fall season. Each year we look for people with strong experience in plant research, wildlife monitoring, invasive species management and an overall…

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Meet Our 2016 Seasonal Research Field Assistants

June 14, 2016 / Comments Off on Meet Our 2016 Seasonal Research Field Assistants

Each year, the NCF Science and Stewardship Department hires a few lucky and talented people to help us through the field season with all of our various research, monitoring and restoration projects. We try to hire individuals with a passion for botany and the natural world and each year we are excited to meet and…

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Osprey Nesting at Eel Point

April 26, 2016 / Comments Off on Osprey Nesting at Eel Point

by: Libby Buck, NCF Shorebird Monitor For the past three seasons, there has been resident pair of Ospreys nesting on the ground at Eel Point. This is a very rare occurrence, since Ospreys typically nest off the ground in an old dead tree, an artificial structure such as utility pole, or a human constructed Osprey…

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Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative and the Biennial Research Conference!

November 9, 2015 / Comments Off on Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative and the Biennial Research Conference!

The Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative is a group built of members of all of the various conservation, research, and ecology groups on Nantucket. For such a small island, there are a lot of different groups interested in and investing in protecting and promoting biodiversity! First thing: what is biodiversity? You might think it’s a commonly used…

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Nantucket Summer: Field Season

October 21, 2015 / Comments Off on Nantucket Summer: Field Season

by Natalie Pawlikowski, NCF Seasonal Botany Field Research Assistant Five months on Nantucket have come and past. Most of my days have been spent working with the island’s diverse shrub, grass, and forb species.  Some highlights of the season included seeing  the Turk’s Cap Lilly (Lilium superbum) bloom at Squam Farm, monitoring Broom Crowberry (Corema…

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My Summer Work on Nantucket!

October 19, 2015 / Comments Off on My Summer Work on Nantucket!

By: Kaitlyn Evans, NCF Seasonal Botany Field Research Assistant This summer I had the privilege of working on Nantucket as seasonal botany/ecology field assistant. I was able to participate in many different projects within the science department. These projects included vegetation monitoring, rare plant surveys, invasive plant management, a salt marsh food web study, bat…

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Island Solitaire: A Ranger’s Summer on Coatue

September 11, 2015 / 3 Comments

By Neil Foley, Coatue Ranger and Shorebird Monitor Another Nantucket summer is coming to a close along with a successful shorebird breeding season on Coatue.  The landscape changes from Juno and the stormy winter have been noticeable to the NCF team, but our birds are adept at nesting and raising families in an ecosystem marked…

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What’s New In Nature: Osprey

September 9, 2015 / 1 Comment

Osprey, (Pandion haliaetus) Osprey, also known as fish hawks, are one of Nantucket’s most iconic birds of prey. They nest predominantly on platforms erected adjacent to beaches and ponds. Although dead trees can serve as naturally-occurring nest sites, this species seems to prefer artificial structures such as nest platforms, cell phone towers, channel markers and utility…

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What’s New In Nature: New England Blazing Star

September 2, 2015 / Comments Off on What’s New In Nature: New England Blazing Star

New England Blazing Star (Liatris scariosa var. novae angliae) Flowering August-September Native to the northeastern United States, New England blazing star is a showy wildflower with star-like clusters of brilliant purple florets arranged on an upright stalk. Found only in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island this globally rare plant is…

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Botanizing on Nantucket

October 27, 2014 / 1 Comment

By: Katherine Culatta, Seasonal Botany/Ecology Field Assistant One of the most exciting things that can happen to a botanist is to stumble across an unfamiliar plant and puzzle over its identity, working though guide books, dichotomous keys, and consultations with fellow plant enthusiasts.  When I’m solving the identity of mystery plants, I feel like a…

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