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What are those towers on Coatue and Eel Point all about?

By Karen C. Beattie | June 27, 2013 | 2 Comments

The automated radio telemetry station in First Bend on Coatue (the flags on the guy wires are to prevent birds from flying into them). During the past few weeks, we have been getting some phone calls here at the Foundation’s office questioning the purpose of several towers (a.k.a. automated radio telemetry stations) that have been placed…

"Growing Native" to Restore Nantucket's Natural Areas

By Kelly A. Omand | June 21, 2013 | Comments Off on "Growing Native" to Restore Nantucket's Natural Areas

Right now, the NCF Science & Stewardship greenhouse is bursting at the seams with 20 species of native plant seedlings that will be planted in trail-side restoration and pasture improvement projects later in the season. Each year, NCF Science staff members collect seed from properties around the island where there are well established populations. We try…

Meet our Seasonal Field Assistants

By Jen Karberg | June 14, 2013 | Comments Off on Meet our Seasonal Field Assistants

Our 2013 field season is now in full swing and each year we hire a crew of seasonal field assistants to help us conduct all of the field work needed for our many and various research and management projects.  This year we are so pleased to welcome a wonderful, dedicated, and fun crew of people…

Meet the Turtles of Medouie

By ncfscience | May 30, 2013 | Comments Off on Meet the Turtles of Medouie

In November 2012, NCF participated in the #SciFund Challenge – a crowdfunding entertprise to help use raise money to support our spotted turtle research at our Medouie Creek property.  You can read all of about the challenge here. Since the beginning of April, Danielle and our field assistants have been scouring the Medouie marsh looking…

This month only, at a forest near you……

By Karen C. Beattie | May 14, 2013 | Comments Off on This month only, at a forest near you……

When most people think about the types of habitats that are unique and special about Nantucket, forests are probably not on the top of the list. But we have some beautiful and special ones on our little island, and there is no better place to see spring unfolding. Take a walk in the woods  along…

Horseshoe Crabs on Nantucket – Ancient and Fascinating

By Jen Karberg | May 7, 2013 | 1 Comment

Spring on Nantucket means the arrival of peepers, daffodils blooming and American oystercatchers on the beach.  It also means the arrival of one of our more interesting marine species – the horseshoe crab, which begins showing up on protected and sheltered beaches to mate and spawn in May and June. These prehistoric looking animals aren’t…

Bud Burst and Egg Time

By Kelly A. Omand | April 22, 2013 | Comments Off on Bud Burst and Egg Time

At this point in the year, we are all hungry for signs of spring. As Danielle wrote in a recent NCF Science and Stewardship blog post, peepers are singing spring songs in the marshes and ponds, and spotted turtles and snakes are emerging to bask in the sun. Otherwise, the landscape remains mainly a study…

When Why and How We Shear the Sheep

By ncfscience | April 12, 2013 | 4 Comments

Some of the most popular questions I receive are:  Do we shear the sheep?  Why do we shear the sheep?  When do we shear the sheep?  How do we shear the sheep? And what do we do with the fleeces? Most sheep do not have the ability to shed like your dog.  If they are…

Spring is finally here!

By Danielle O'Dell | April 8, 2013 | 1 Comment

Nothing says spring like evening choruses of spring peepers! With all the rain earlier this spring, these little trillers were reported peeping away on Nantucket in early March. But for me, spring doesn’t truly arrive until I find my first spotted turtle basking after a long winter hibernation. On Friday, March 29th, the weather finally…

They’re Back!

By Karen C. Beattie | March 22, 2013 | 2 Comments

An American Oystercatcher in Flight (photo courtesy of Vernon Laux). In our last blog post, we discussed the many preparations currently underway in our Science and Stewardship Department for the arrival of our seasonal field assistants and the start of the 2013 field season. Although many of our vegetation-related projects do not get underway until…