Come Work with Us in 2022

March 28, 2022

Each year NCF’s Science and Stewardship Department hires an amazing seasonal field crew to help us work on the many, many ecological, management and restoration projects we conduct. In 2022,…

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Early Spring Botany: Hazelnuts

March 9, 2022

It may seem like March is a bleak wasteland as we wait for signs of spring, but if you pay close attention, you may discover that more is happening in…

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Winter Botany: The Island’s Wintergreens

January 6, 2022

Nantucket is fortunate to have several species of native wintergreens that retain their foliage through the winter. They are actually easiest to learn to identify during the colder months when most other plants have dropped their leaves and it is easier to see through the understory.

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Going Wild in Our Landscape: Season 2

September 30, 2021

Last November I reported on the beginning stages of a big “Landscaping Makeover” at the NCF office at 118 Cliff Road. This long-awaited renovation allowed us to incorporate areas with…

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It’s Harvest Time!

September 17, 2021

Although the calendar says that we still have a few days of summer left, fall is definitely in the air. The days are shorter, the nights are cooler, the humidity…

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Madequecham Valley Wetland Biodiversity

September 9, 2021

In 2013, NCF’s Science and Stewardship Department started down the road of a wetland restoration project in Madequecham Valley that at the time seemed incredibly daunting. We idealistically set out…

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Nantucket Grasses in the Limelight

June 24, 2021

With wildflowers distracting the eye with bursts of bright color, it’s often easy to overlook some of the island’s most common plants, grasses, many of which are blooming right now.…

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Sassafras in Springtime

May 7, 2021

At home colonizing old fields transitioning to woods, sassafras (Sassafras albidum) can be found around Nantucket, from the maturing forests of Squam to small, scattered stands in the Serengeti area…

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Winter Botany: Sneaky Photosynthesis

February 19, 2021

One of the complaints people make during winter and early spring in New England is how much they miss the color of foliage and flowers from the warmer months. In…

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Asters and Goldenrods: Fall Fireworks

October 2, 2020

Summer may have officially ended, but there is still plenty to see in bloom around Nantucket. August through mid-October bring a roster of newly emerging late bloomers, with the fall…

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