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Meet our new Seasonal Field Assistants and Volunteer

By Jen Karberg | June 10, 2014 | Comments Off on Meet our new Seasonal Field Assistants and Volunteer

Plants are starting to flower, spotted turtles are moving around and our 2014 field season is in full swing.  Each year we hire a crew of seasonal field assistants to help us conduct all of the field work required by our many and various research and management projects.  Our seasonal shorebird monitors have been active…

Fires of Spring

By Karen C. Beattie | May 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

Green is the color that most of us associate with spring and early summer- but in some of the island’s conservation areas, black is the first color of the season. Spring and fall are when many open space managers in the northeast, including the Foundation, conduct an important ecological management practice called prescribed burning. As…

Meet our new shorebird monitors!

By Danielle O'Dell | May 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

Over the last few months we have been watching shorebirds return to Nantucket – as Karen Beattie mentioned in her previous blog post, we are happy to be welcoming back our shorebird friends! By now, you may have noticed that we’ve erected fencing on our beaches to protect the nests and young of American oystercatchers,…

The Weed Wars: Nantucket Skirmishes with Invasive Plants

By Kelly A. Omand | April 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

As spring finally warms up on Nantucket, you’ll begin to notice some of the shrubs greening up long before anything else. This is a good way to spot invasive non-native weeds in the landscape, such as Morrow’s bush honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii), autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata), and multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora). One of the classic definitions of a…

Carnivorous, Insect Eating Plants – Right here on Nantucket

By Jen Karberg | April 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

Plants are remarkable at adapting to their environments and finding a way to survive in a seemingly impossible place.  Carnivory in plants, the ability to consume insects and other organisms for necessary nutrients is one of those incredible adaptation.  Carnivorous plants can seem exotic but you might be surprised to find we have some of these plants…

Welcome Back, Old Friends!

By Karen C. Beattie | March 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Spring is a special time on Nantucket for those of us who live here year round. The days are getting longer, and there is a bit of light at the end of the winter tunnel – because no matter what happens from here on, January and February are already behind us! Houses and businesses start…

Signs of Spring!

By Danielle O'Dell | March 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

After a long, cold and snowy winter on Nantucket, it’s nice to look forward to the coming of spring! Here are our top 10 sure signs that spring has arrived! 1. American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) The distinctive mating ritual of the woodcock has begun. The male performs a “sky dance” at dawn and dusk, where…

Exploring Squam Forest with UMass Boston "Nantucket Semester" students

By Kelly A. Omand | March 3, 2014 | Comments Off on Exploring Squam Forest with UMass Boston "Nantucket Semester" students

This winter, Nantucket Conservation Foundation’s Science & Stewardship Research Technician/Field Supervisor Kelly Omand has been working with two students from the UMass Boston “Nantucket Semester” program that links in with our local UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station, on a focused research project in Squam. The students, Adrianna Plavetsky and Zannie Duffy, are part of a group living and…

Searching for rare plants in 2014

By Jen Karberg | February 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

In mid-January, 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 rare plants…

American Crow

By Danielle O'Dell | January 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

At this time of year, an incredible sight to behold around sunset on the Nantucket Conservation Foundation’s South Pastures Property is murder! A murder of American Crows, that is! Whether you consider yourself a birder or not, most people recognize a crow when they see one. American crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) are large, shiny black, and…