Salt Marsh Birds Are Looking S.H.A.R.P. on Nantucket

July 10, 2020 / Comments Off on Salt Marsh Birds Are Looking S.H.A.R.P. on Nantucket

By Neil Foley, Education Coordinator and Ecologist Sunrises on Nantucket are worth the effort every time, even for a night owl like myself. Before most of the island wakes for the day and the rotaries jam with the traffic, it’s a spectacular feeling to face the fog banks and listen to a chorus of songbirds…

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Pollinator Week Showcase

June 27, 2020 / Comments Off on Pollinator Week Showcase

We are rounding out Pollinator Week, and what a week it has been! June is always an incredibly busy month here at NCF with field work keeping us moving in all directions. I can’t stress this enough: Junes on Nantucket are beautiful. They are filled to the brim with blooms of all sizes, colors, &…

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Meet the New Coatue Ranger

June 17, 2020 / Comments Off on Meet the New Coatue Ranger

This year, everyone’s favorite dream job on island went to an enthusiastic young ecologist, Rachel Brubaker! Hear her tell the story that brought her here this season. By Rachel Brubaker I genuinely wish I had a warm backstory about how I was always interested in the natural world when I was a child and spent…

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Try A New Trail

May 1, 2020 / Comments Off on Try A New Trail

The era of quarantine has us cooped up and dreaming of sunny days with loved ones, gatherings to celebrate the change of season, and times when accidentally bumping into a stranger in Stop & Shop didn’t fill us with existential dread. Cabin fever is real and the best way to combat it is to responsibly…

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Quarantine & Spring Peepers

April 8, 2020 / Comments Off on Quarantine & Spring Peepers

This weeks blog comes from our local School-to-Career Intern, Lily Bartlett! Lily has been an incredible help and has been working hard on a wide variety of projects since she started with us in September . Thank you again, Lily! As coronavirus has taken over our usual routines, we can turn to nature as a…

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A Nantucket Backdrop for Zoom

April 5, 2020 / Comments Off on A Nantucket Backdrop for Zoom

Meetings on Zoom have suddenly become a huge part of the Work-From-Home lifestyle in the time of quarantine. Video chatting is the new normal for work meetings, school lessons, and catching up with friends over the last few weeks. This detour and increased screen time can leave some people a little drained, which is why…

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Nantucket Conservation Foundation Sticker Design Contest

March 5, 2020 / Comments Off on Nantucket Conservation Foundation Sticker Design Contest

Calling all artists, graphic designers, people who love a good doodle, and otherwise conservation-minded creatives!! The Nantucket Conservation Foundation has decided to reach out to our community to help promote and advocate for a very important habitat. As we enter 2020, the island community of Nantucket faces an urgent need for planning and action to…

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April Showers Bring May Flowers & June Beetles

June 27, 2019 / Comments Off on April Showers Bring May Flowers & June Beetles

Stand outside on the warm nights of June, as spring folds into summer, and turn on a light.  Soon enough you will hear the engine-like thrum and eventual collision of a June Beetle (sub family Melolonthinae) clumsily seeking the source of illumination. Keep the light on and hang a sheet to attract the multitudes of…

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Spring Unfurls at Squam Swamp

May 10, 2019 / Comments Off on Spring Unfurls at Squam Swamp

This is a great time of year to take a walk through the winding trails of Squam Swamp and see the season spring to life. This trail loop off Wauwinet Rd. takes visitors through eerily shaped stands of hardwood forest and past freshwater bogs filled with vibrant mats of sphagnum moss. Bunches of Cinnamon Fern…

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