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Harmful Algal Blooms on Nantucket

By Jen Karberg | July 16, 2020 | Comments Off on Harmful Algal Blooms on Nantucket

by Dr. Jen Karberg, Research Program Supervisor As we dive into the warm steamy months of summer on Nantucket, we are also approaching the season of harmful algal blooms in our freshwater ponds. Algal blooms have made headlines in recent years as concerns have increased over harmful impacts to pets and humans. What should you…

Salt Marsh Birds Are Looking S.H.A.R.P. on Nantucket

By Neil Foley | July 10, 2020 | Comments Off on Salt Marsh Birds Are Looking S.H.A.R.P. on Nantucket

By Neil Foley, Education Coordinator and Ecologist Sunrises on Nantucket are worth the effort every time, even for a night owl like myself. Before most of the island wakes for the day and the rotaries jam with the traffic, it’s a spectacular feeling to face the fog banks and listen to a chorus of songbirds…

The Return of the Worm

By Danielle O'Dell | July 2, 2020 | Comments Off on The Return of the Worm

If the fog would ever lift this summer, the view of the eastern Middle Moors from Altar Rock might look a little strange at the moment. Large swaths of scrub oak in the Moors have been completely defoliated for the third year in a row. The culprit is an outbreak of a native species called…

Pollinator Week Showcase

By Neil Foley | June 27, 2020 | Comments Off on Pollinator Week Showcase

We are rounding out Pollinator Week, and what a week it has been! June is always an incredibly busy month here at NCF with field work keeping us moving in all directions. I can’t stress this enough: Junes on Nantucket are beautiful. They are filled to the brim with blooms of all sizes, colors, &…

Meet the New Coatue Ranger

By Neil Foley | June 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Meet the New Coatue Ranger

This year, everyone’s favorite dream job on island went to an enthusiastic young ecologist, Rachel Brubaker! Hear her tell the story that brought her here this season. By Rachel Brubaker I genuinely wish I had a warm backstory about how I was always interested in the natural world when I was a child and spent…

Feeling ‘Crabby’ After Dark?

By Libby Buck | June 12, 2020 | Comments Off on Feeling ‘Crabby’ After Dark?

Moonlight, warm waters, and high tides are the perfect conditions to bring in the one of the most mysterious marine animals to Nantucket shores. In late May through June, horseshoe crabs will start their journey from the the ocean floor to shoreline to lay their eggs. The females are noticeably larger in diameter as compared…

Got Jumping Worms???

By Kelly A. Omand | June 5, 2020 | Comments Off on Got Jumping Worms???

When most people think of earthworms, they probably picture them tunneling through compost or garden soil, turning old banana peels and yard waste into rich, dark soil. One such species is the nightcrawler, Lumbricus terrestris, often found on the surface of the lawn at night or coming up for air after a soaking rain. While…

Restoring Salt Marsh Dieback through Human Crab Predation

By Jen Karberg | May 26, 2020 | Comments Off on Restoring Salt Marsh Dieback through Human Crab Predation

In many conservation and restoration projects, ecologists work hard to protect native things or bring native things back to a place. But this last year, Nantucket Conservation Foundation Staff acted as predators and aggressively removed a native crab from a few salt marshes in Polpis Harbor. Our prey? The purple marsh crab (Sesarma reticulatum). The…

Bats Aren’t Bad Guys

By Danielle O'Dell | May 15, 2020 | Comments Off on Bats Aren’t Bad Guys

Written by: Danielle O’Dell, Ecologist/Field Supervisor Ordinarily, at this time of year as we begin preparing for the upcoming field season, I like to share a summary of the bat-related work that we at the Nantucket Conservation Foundation have conducted, what we’ve learned and what our plans are for the year ahead. However, 2020 has…

Try A New Trail

By Neil Foley | May 1, 2020 | Comments Off on Try A New Trail

The era of quarantine has us cooped up and dreaming of sunny days with loved ones, gatherings to celebrate the change of season, and times when accidentally bumping into a stranger in Stop & Shop didn’t fill us with existential dread. Cabin fever is real and the best way to combat it is to responsibly…