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The SciFund Challenge – how to pay for research

By Jen Karberg | November 12, 2012 |

Today, the NCF Science and Stewardship Department is venturing into exciting and unknown territory.  We are participating in the #SciFund Challenge to raise money to study spotted turtles at Medouie Creek.  If you look back over our posts from the last week, you’ll read all about spotted turtles and the large wetland restoration project we…

Nantucket’s Most Wanted Turtles!

By Danielle O'Dell | November 8, 2012 | Comments Off on Nantucket’s Most Wanted Turtles!

As implied in the first line of our last post, there are also at least two species of turtles that call Nantucket home that are not native to the island. Non-native species are those that are not naturally part of a local biota and these turtles were either intentionally released here or are escaped pets.…

The Turtles of Nantucket

By Danielle O'Dell | November 7, 2012 |

Nantucket Island is home to three species of native turtles: painted, snapping and spotted turtles. There are rumors of a fourth species and we need your help in finding it! Eastern painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) Eastern painted turtles are perhaps the most common turtle on Nantucket and can frequently be seen in groups basking in…

Salt Marsh Construction at Medouie Creek

By Jen Karberg | November 7, 2012 |

The Medouie Creek Wetland is a large wetland along the north side of Polpis Harbor on Nantucket Island.  This wetland was historically one large salt water marsh, directly connected to the harbor, getting daily tides washing over it.  Sometime in the 1930s, a dike was created to build a road, allowing people access to the…

Intro to the Nantucket Conservation Foundation

By Jen Karberg | October 30, 2012 |

The Nantucket Conservation Foundation is a non-profit group on Nantucket Island (30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod!). NCF was founded in 1963 and started out acquiring land and open space to protect it from development. We currently own over 9,000 acres of conservation lands on the island. The mission of the Foundation is…

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