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How to Plan a Successful Field Season

By Jen Karberg | March 15, 2013 | Comments Off on How to Plan a Successful Field Season

March always sneaks up on me each year.  In the Science and Stewardship Department at NCF, our work year is divided up into two very different parts: our Field Season (~April-October) when we are actively involved in collecting data and conducting our numerous research and monitoring projects, and the Off-Season(~November-March) which really isn’t an off-season…

Forests at Sea: Visiting Squam Swamp in Winter

By Kelly A. Omand | March 5, 2013 | 1 Comment

You might never guess that the tail end of winter would be a great time to explore the forests of Nantucket, but it is! On February 21st, a group of warmly dressed visitors met in the Squam Swamp Trailhead Parking Lot on Wauwinet Road. The objective: to explore the forest of Squam Swamp in winter. Kelly Omand,…

Wild Cats on Nantucket!

By Danielle O'Dell | February 22, 2013 | Comments Off on Wild Cats on Nantucket!

There are few issues in wildlife biology that are as contentious and emotional as that of feral cats. It’s akin to modern politics, it seems that you are on one side or the other and there is no in between. For instance, the front cover of a recent issue of the Wildlife Professional produced by…

Searching for a Certain “Some Bunny”

By Karen C. Beattie | February 8, 2013 | 1 Comment

This winter, our science department is attempting to document if a rare and elusive species of cottontail rabbit is still present on Nantucket. The New England Cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis) is the only cottontail rabbit that is native to the northeastern United States. It prefers dense shrubland habitats where it can effectively hide from predators, and…

Where do the NCF Sheep Spend the Winter?

By ncfscience | January 31, 2013 | Comments Off on Where do the NCF Sheep Spend the Winter?

The Nantucket Conservation Foundation maintains a flock of sheep at Squam Farm as part of our conservation efforts.  You can read more about how effective sheep can be as a grassland management tool in our previous blog.  During the growing season our sheep are rotated around Squam Farm, browsing on native growing vegetation but what…

New England Plant Conservation Program – Surveying Rare Plants

By Jen Karberg | January 25, 2013 | Comments Off on New England Plant Conservation Program – Surveying Rare Plants

Last week, 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…

Mute Swans (Cygnus olor)

By Danielle O'Dell | January 16, 2013 | 4 Comments

  The mute swan is the largest waterfowl species found on Nantucket but is actually not a native species to the United States. Valued for its beauty and aesthetic appeal, it was brought here from its native Eurasia and was introduced to parks, zoos and private estates in the New York area during the late…

Nantucket Students Learn About Island Invasive Plants

By Kelly A. Omand | January 7, 2013 | Comments Off on Nantucket Students Learn About Island Invasive Plants

Environmental Science students at Nantucket High School (NHS) have been studying the ecological impacts of non-native invasive species around the world. Just before the holidays, Research Technician/Field Supervisor Kelly Omand, a member of NCF’s year-round Science and Stewardship staff, visited the NHS Environmental Science classes. Their teacher, Mr. Hanlon, had already provided a variety of background…

Beginning our 50th Year Anniversary with a Major Open Space Purchase!

By Karen C. Beattie | January 3, 2013 | Comments Off on Beginning our 50th Year Anniversary with a Major Open Space Purchase!

The Nantucket Conservation Foundation unexpectedly but very fortuitously marked the beginning of its 50th anniversary year by completing a complex and lengthy negotiation to purchase the 207 acres Norwood Farm property for $19 million from the Jensen Family’s  Norwood Farm Trust. The Nantucket Islands Land Bank Commission is partnering  the Foundation on this important transaction.…

Sheep Grazing on Nantucket: Grassland Restoration and How to Buy Local Wool

By Jen Karberg | December 13, 2012 | 1 Comment

The Foundation owns and manages a little under 9,000 acres of protected conservation land on the island.  Nantucket is an interesting place to practice conservation because many of the unique natural areas on Nantucket exist because of human activities and disturbance.  The rare sandplain grasslands and heathlands found on the south shores of Nantucket exist…