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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. While most grass species lack brilliant colors and have small flowers, they are an important part of the ecosystem, feeding many familiar herbivores, from voles…

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A New Publication for NCF on Nantucket’s Spotted Turtles of Medouie Creek

March 3, 2021

We have great news to share from NCF’s Science and Stewardship Department! The scientific journal Wetlands Ecology and Management recently published our manuscript titled “Changes to spotted turtle (Clemmys guttata) habitat selection in response to a salt marsh restoration”. The work referenced in this manuscript stems from a long-term research project on changes to spotted…

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

July 10, 2020

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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The Return of the Worm

July 2, 2020

If the fog would ever lift this summer, the view of the eastern Middle Moors from Altar Rock might look a little strange at the moment. Large swaths of scrub oak in the Moors have been completely defoliated for the third year in a row. The culprit is an outbreak of a native species called…

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Pollinator Week Showcase

June 27, 2020

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

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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Restoring Salt Marsh Dieback through Human Crab Predation

May 26, 2020

In many conservation and restoration projects, ecologists work hard to protect native things or bring native things back to a place. But this last year, Nantucket Conservation Foundation Staff acted as predators and aggressively removed a native crab from a few salt marshes in Polpis Harbor. Our prey? The purple marsh crab (Sesarma reticulatum). The…

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Our Properties Are Open!

March 18, 2020

Getting outside and enjoying Nantucket’s natural world is a great way to do something enjoyable while practicing safe social distancing! The Foundation’s properties are open from sunrise to sunset. We have put together a self-guided property exploration that will introduce you to some of our conservation lands, teach you a few unique things about each…

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Nantucket Conservation Foundation Sticker Design Contest

March 5, 2020

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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