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A Recent Eggs-pedition: Navigating Nests in the Colonial Waterbird Survey

June 14, 2024

What is the Colonial Waterbird Survey? The Colonial Waterbird Survey is a statewide survey facilitated every 5 years by the State of Massachusetts. The last survey was done on island…

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Windswept Cranberry Bog Restoration Project Awarded $1 Million USFWS Grant

February 15, 2024

The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration (DER), in partnership with the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, has been awarded $1 million from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for the Windswept Bog Wetland Restoration Project, which will restore and enhance a 231-acre property containing 39 acres of former cranberry bog and 111 acres of natural wetlands.

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2023 Shorebird Season is a Wrap!

August 29, 2023

Gracie Bell, Seasonal Shorebird Technician This year, Nantucket, Tuckernuck, and the Muskeget Islands collectively shared a total of 76 breeding Piping Plover pairs, an increase of 1 pair from last…

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Crab Spiders (Not Spider Crabs!) of Nantucket

August 15, 2023

If you’ve spent some time around Nantucket’s marshes and harbors, you’ve probably found a spider crab or two, but did you know that crab spiders—yes, crab spiders—can also be found on Nantucket? Not to be confused with the similarly named crustacean, crab spiders are usually found on or near flowers, waiting for their next meal. This can include bees, butterflies, ants, and more—crab spiders aren’t picky!

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Southern Pine Beetle Outbreak Detected on Nantucket Conservation Foundation Property

July 25, 2023

By: Danielle O’Dell, Wildlife Research Ecologist Staff from the Ecological Research, Restoration and Stewardship Department at the Nantucket Conservation Foundation (NCF) have confirmed the first detected infestation of southern pine…

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Bumble Bees of Nantucket: Life Cycle and Ecology

July 18, 2023

If you take a walk at Windswept Bog while the roses and irises are blooming or venture out to Head of the Plains while the bearberry and blueberries are in flower, chances are you’ll be greeted with the delightful hum of bees! Native bees are the true unsung heroes!  In addition to bumble bees and carpenter bees, the most well-known native bees, there are also thousands of species of other native bees, including squash bees, sweat bees, digger bees, mason bees, leafcutter bees, and carder bees.

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Lone Star Ticks and Alpha-gal Meat Allergy

June 12, 2023

Danielle O’Dell; Wildlife Research Ecologist By now, most of us have sadly accepted the fact that black-legged or deer ticks are part of the Nantucket experience whether we like it…

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Mr. Fowler’s Toad

September 16, 2022

As NCF staff worked together to weed the native plant garden at our office on Cliff Rd in mid-July, we were greeted by a most unexpected visitor – Maeve Kelley,…

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Knotweed on Nantucket: Biocontrol Possibilities

May 18, 2022

Got Knotweed? There’s a good chance knotweed is one of those plants you’re battling in your yard…and if not, it’s practically guaranteed there’s some in your neighborhood. It’s one of…

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