The Foundation’s Science and Stewardship Department undertakes focused research, inventory and monitoring projects aimed at providing increased understanding of the rare resources found on our properties. Listed below is a summary of the many subjects they are studying.
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Hither Creek Salt Marsh Overwash Monitoring
We are monitoring sand deposition and salt marsh vegetation response at the southern end of Hither Creek, where a severe storm in October 2017 washed over and flatted the coastal dune, spread sand onto the marsh surface marsh and partially filled in a salt pond.
Spotted Turtle Population Monitoring
We are investigating long-term population trends and habitat use preferences of Spotted Turtles on several Foundation proprieties. This species is considered threatened, endangered or vulnerable throughout most of its range, but appears to be thriving on Nantucket.