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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 |

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…

What’s with the brushcutting along the Madaket Bike Path?

By Karen C. Beattie | December 7, 2012 |

NCF is excited about initiating vegetation management this winter associated with our Wildfire Risk Reduction Program. Since 2011, our NCF’s Board of Trustees and science staff have been developing plans to strategically apply brushcutting, prescribed fire and pine tree removal on our properties, with the concurrent goals of reducing the risk of wildfire and benefiting…

Thinking about Deer Browse ‘Cause it’s Hunting Season

By Jen Karberg | November 28, 2012 |

There are a few local legends about how deer first came to live on Nantucket that range from deer swimming from the Cape (16 miles at the shortest point) to deer being purposefully brought to the island in the 1920s for hunting.  Looking at archaeological evidence, deer have likely been present since Nantucket became an…

SciFund 100% Club!

By ncfscience | November 26, 2012 | Comments Off on SciFund 100% Club!

Wow! With 19 days remaining, we have already exceeded our goal of raising $2000 through the #SciFund Challenge. We are incredibly grateful for all the support for our project. Of course, we are still seeking donations, so please still consider contributing! $2000 is just the beginning for us. Additional money will be put towards extra…

Getting closer – Thank you!

By ncfscience | November 26, 2012 | Comments Off on Getting closer – Thank you!

Our #SciFund Challenge to crowdfund for spotted turtle research on Nantucket is taking off.  We have been making new friends on facebook and getting new followers on twitter (@ncfscience) – all great ways to keep tabs on our research and activities here at NCF.  This week, we have a few new people to thank for…

Tracking spotted turtles is hard work….

By ncfscience | November 21, 2012 | Comments Off on Tracking spotted turtles is hard work….

A few months ago, NCF’s primary turtle expert decided to attach a GoPro camera to the top of a hard hat and set off into the scrub oak to show what it’s like to track turtles through the shrubby wetlands on Nantucket.  See our Turtle project video (tracking footage shows up around 1:45) to see…

Big Thank you!

By ncfscience | November 19, 2012 | Comments Off on Big Thank you!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the first week of our #SciFund Challenge!  We have had great response so far but there is still a lot of work to do.  We have three weeks left to reach our goal and you only have three weeks left to become an active participant and…

People are talking about #SciFund!

By ncfscience | November 14, 2012 | Comments Off on People are talking about #SciFund!

Read Anthony’s interview with us on his blog @iheartanthony’s Research about our current #SciFund Challenge project to raise money to study spotted turtles on Nantucket – http://research.iheartanthony.com/2012/11/14/scifund-rd-3-with-the-nantucket-conservation-foundation-httprkthb-co11854/ And then consider donating to support our research!

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