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Preparing Nantucket for Climate Change

By Jen Karberg | November 15, 2019 | Comments Off on Preparing Nantucket for Climate Change

by Dr. Jennifer Karberg, Research Program Supervisor The impacts of climate change: increased sea level rise, increased occurrence of strong storm events, increased and more variable temperature and rainfall, temporal ecological disjuncts (ie plants flowering before their pollinators are around), and changes to natural communities (to name just a few impacts) all feel very immediate…

A Weekend of Nantucket Biodiversity Learning

By Karen C. Beattie | November 7, 2019 | Comments Off on A Weekend of Nantucket Biodiversity Learning

The Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative (NBI) just held its 8th Biennial Biodiversity Research Conference from November 1-3, and the Foundation’s Science and Stewardship Department staff ecologists were active participants in this collaborative effort. The NBI is a partnership of nonprofit organizations (including the Foundation), academic institutions, government agencies, businesses and individuals that formed in 2005 with…

Meet Lily Bartlett, the Foundation’s School-to-Career Intern!

By Karen C. Beattie | October 23, 2019 | Comments Off on Meet Lily Bartlett, the Foundation’s School-to-Career Intern!

We are very excited to have a Nantucket High School (NHS) senior, Lily Bartlett, volunteering for us approximately 8 hours per week for the entire school year as part of the School-to-Career program. This is the first time that the Foundation has mentored a student in this capacity. School-to-Career is part of a national program…

Update from the Bat World

By Danielle O'Dell | September 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Update from the Bat World

by: Danielle O’Dell, Ecologist/Field Supervisor The Science and Stewardship staff have continued to delve deeper and deeper in to the Northern long-eared Bat world! This season, we added a new member to our bat crew! Neil Foley, our long-time Coatue Ranger and Shorebird Monitor, got his rabies vaccination, and with all of his experience removing…

Preliminary Planning Underway for Wetland Restoration at Windswept Bog

By Karen C. Beattie | August 30, 2019 | Comments Off on Preliminary Planning Underway for Wetland Restoration at Windswept Bog

by: Karen Beattie, NCF Director of Science and Stewardship The Nantucket Conservation Foundation’s Board of Trustees recently decided to retire cranberry cultivation on our Windswept Bog property (on Polpis Road) in order to pursue a watershed level wetland restoration project. These plans were covered in the Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror (our local newspaper on Nantucket,…

Successful Shorebird Season

By Libby Buck | August 23, 2019 | Comments Off on Successful Shorebird Season

by: Libby Buck, Ecological Stewardship & Research Technician It is August and the days are slowly growing shorter and the end of summer is approaching.  The shorebirds on Nantucket are getting ready to start their long journey south.  I am happy to report our efforts to protect the endangered & threatened species this year have yielded some…

Summer Beauties

By Karen C. Beattie | July 29, 2019 | Comments Off on Summer Beauties

by: Karen Beattie, NCF Science and Stewardship Department Director Nantucket has experienced an uncommonly wet growing season so far this year. The abundance of rain has produced lush and verdant vegetation across the island that is persisting into the recent hot and dry weather conditions more typical of summertime on the island. Take a walk…

Windswept Bog Unicorn root

By Kelly A. Omand | July 18, 2019 | Comments Off on Windswept Bog Unicorn root

This summer, with reduced mowing at the Windswept Cranberry Bog on Polpis Road, you may have noticed a field of towering white flowers in the fields surrounding the cranberry bogs near Stump Pond. The white spikes are the flower stalks of an unusual native wildflower called “colic-root,” “stargrass,” or “unicorn root” (Aletris farinosa). This is…

Meet Our 2019 Seasonal Field Assistants

By ncfscience | July 5, 2019 | Comments Off on Meet Our 2019 Seasonal Field Assistants

Meet Brendan Connolly By Brendan Connolly: The natural world has filled me with awe and has been a constant driving force throughout my life. In particular, botany has been a large passion of mine, one that I have focused on through my undergraduate education, previous work experience, and a small addiction to collecting unique succulents…

April Showers Bring May Flowers & June Beetles

By Neil Foley | June 27, 2019 | Comments Off on April Showers Bring May Flowers & June Beetles

Stand outside on the warm nights of June, as spring folds into summer, and turn on a light.  Soon enough you will hear the engine-like thrum and eventual collision of a June Beetle (sub family Melolonthinae) clumsily seeking the source of illumination. Keep the light on and hang a sheet to attract the multitudes of…

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