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Searching for a Certain “Some Bunny”

February 8, 2013

This winter, our science department is attempting to document if a rare and elusive species of cottontail rabbit is still present on Nantucket. The New England Cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis) is the only cottontail rabbit that is native to the northeastern United States. It prefers dense shrubland habitats where it can effectively hide from predators, and…

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Where do the NCF Sheep Spend the Winter?

January 31, 2013

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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New England Plant Conservation Program – Surveying Rare Plants

January 25, 2013

Last week, Jen Karberg (NCF’s Research Supervisor) attended the annual New England Plant Conservation Program (NEPCoP) MA Task Force Meeting to discuss rare plants and the state of rare plant populations and management in Massachusetts. NEPCoP is a collection of professional botanists, conservation organizations, universities and state agencies organized in order to document New England’s…

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Mute Swans (Cygnus olor)

January 16, 2013

  The mute swan is the largest waterfowl species found on Nantucket but is actually not a native species to the United States. Valued for its beauty and aesthetic appeal, it was brought here from its native Eurasia and was introduced to parks, zoos and private estates in the New York area during the late…

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Nantucket Students Learn About Island Invasive Plants

January 7, 2013

Environmental Science students at Nantucket High School (NHS) have been studying the ecological impacts of non-native invasive species around the world. Just before the holidays, Research Technician/Field Supervisor Kelly Omand, a member of NCF’s year-round Science and Stewardship staff, visited the NHS Environmental Science classes. Their teacher, Mr. Hanlon, had already provided a variety of background…

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Beginning our 50th Year Anniversary with a Major Open Space Purchase!

January 3, 2013

The Nantucket Conservation Foundation unexpectedly but very fortuitously marked the beginning of its 50th anniversary year by completing a complex and lengthy negotiation to purchase the 207 acres Norwood Farm property for $19 million from the Jensen Family’s  Norwood Farm Trust. The Nantucket Islands Land Bank Commission is partnering  the Foundation on this important transaction.…

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Sheep Grazing on Nantucket: Grassland Restoration and How to Buy Local Wool

December 13, 2012

The Foundation owns and manages a little under 9,000 acres of protected conservation land on the island.  Nantucket is an interesting place to practice conservation because many of the unique natural areas on Nantucket exist because of human activities and disturbance.  The rare sandplain grasslands and heathlands found on the south shores of Nantucket exist…

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What’s with the brushcutting along the Madaket Bike Path?

December 7, 2012

NCF is excited about initiating vegetation management this winter associated with our Wildfire Risk Reduction Program. Since 2011, our NCF’s Board of Trustees and science staff have been developing plans to strategically apply brushcutting, prescribed fire and pine tree removal on our properties, with the concurrent goals of reducing the risk of wildfire and benefiting…

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Thinking about Deer Browse ‘Cause it’s Hunting Season

November 28, 2012

There are a few local legends about how deer first came to live on Nantucket that range from deer swimming from the Cape (16 miles at the shortest point) to deer being purposefully brought to the island in the 1920s for hunting.  Looking at archaeological evidence, deer have likely been present since Nantucket became an…

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SciFund 100% Club!

November 26, 2012

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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