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Botanizing on Nantucket

October 27, 2014 /

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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A Field Season on Nantucket

October 20, 2014 / Comments Off on A Field Season on Nantucket

by Andee Brendalen, Seasonal Botany Field Assistant This summer I served as a botany/ecology field assistant for the Nantucket Conservation Foundation. My duties included conducting plant surveys, vegetation community surveys, tracking spotted turtles, monitoring horseshoe crab populations during spawning, and completing forest composition surveys in the Squam area. I really enjoyed all of these activities…

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Summer of the NCF Shorebird Monitor

September 17, 2014 / Comments Off on Summer of the NCF Shorebird Monitor

By Libby Buck, Shorebird Monitor and Invasive Species Field Assistant I have a very unique position at Nantucket Conservation Foundation. For the first part of the season I was the Shorebird Monitor and as the shorebird season wound down, I became the Invasive Plant Species Field Assistant. I was able to be immersed literally in…

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A Summer on Coatue

September 2, 2014 / Comments Off on A Summer on Coatue

By Neil Foley, NCF Coatue Ranger/Shorebird Monitor Those who have had the opportunity to visit Coatue this time of the year know how gorgeous and interesting the property is, separated from the bustle of downtown and covered in windswept cedars, blooming native flowers, and flocks of birds.  The beautiful beaches and marshes, wealth of interesting…

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Blueberry Season

August 22, 2014 /

  By Sara Mack, NCF Science & Stewardship Volunteer Last week, my coworker Andee and I set out to Almanack Pond to check for two rare plant species. As a volunteer with the Science and Stewardship department this summer, one of my jobs has been surveying Nantucket Conservation Foundation properties for rare species and recording…

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Sailing into Science with NBI this Summer

July 21, 2014 / Comments Off on Sailing into Science with NBI this Summer

This coming weekend (July 25-27th) will be a busy one for island scientists, and you can join us in our work! The Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative (NBI), which is made up of Nantucket’s conservation organizations, has scheduled a number of events this coming weekend to bring visiting scientists and the public together for a Citizen Science event.…

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Meet the Turtles of Medouie

May 30, 2013 / Comments Off on Meet the Turtles of Medouie

In November 2012, NCF participated in the #SciFund Challenge – a crowdfunding entertprise to help use raise money to support our spotted turtle research at our Medouie Creek property.  You can read all of about the challenge here. Since the beginning of April, Danielle and our field assistants have been scouring the Medouie marsh looking…

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When Why and How We Shear the Sheep

April 12, 2013 /

Some of the most popular questions I receive are:  Do we shear the sheep?  Why do we shear the sheep?  When do we shear the sheep?  How do we shear the sheep? And what do we do with the fleeces? Most sheep do not have the ability to shed like your dog.  If they are…

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Where do the NCF Sheep Spend the Winter?

January 31, 2013 / Comments Off on Where do the NCF Sheep Spend the Winter?

The Nantucket Conservation Foundation maintains a flock of sheep at Squam Farm as part of our conservation efforts.  You can read more about how effective sheep can be as a grassland management tool in our previous blog.  During the growing season our sheep are rotated around Squam Farm, browsing on native growing vegetation but what…

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SciFund 100% Club!

November 26, 2012 / Comments Off on SciFund 100% Club!

Wow! With 19 days remaining, we have already exceeded our goal of raising $2000 through the #SciFund Challenge. We are incredibly grateful for all the support for our project. Of course, we are still seeking donations, so please still consider contributing! $2000 is just the beginning for us. Additional money will be put towards extra…

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