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Freshwater Wetlands Breathe Life Around the Island

By Jen Karberg | February 5, 2021 | Comments Off on Freshwater Wetlands Breathe Life Around the Island

By Dr Jen Karberg, Research Program Supervisor 30 miles off the mainland, anchored in the Atlantic Ocean, Nantucketer’s know better than many how water shapes our natural world. Wetlands are the places where water comes in contact with land and surrounded by the ocean and our many harbors, it can be easy to think that…

The 2020 Nantucket Christmas Bird Count

By Libby Buck | January 14, 2021 | Comments Off on The 2020 Nantucket Christmas Bird Count

by: Libby Buck, Ecological Stewardship & Research Technician The Nantucket Christmas Bird Count went off without a hitch despite the addition of COVID-19.  On count day, December 28th, 2020, the island was divided into eight sections.  All the birds seen within that 24-hour period were to be recorded.  There was concern during the planning of…

Red Cedar Juniper: Of Trees and Micro-habitats

By Kelly A. Omand | January 6, 2021 | Comments Off on Red Cedar Juniper: Of Trees and Micro-habitats

Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) has become one of the dominant tree species of Nantucket’s open lands, increasingly abundant in our more recently abandoned farm fields. These areas that remain undeveloped are often managed with mowing to maintain open savannah-like habitats. While frequently called a cedar, this species is actually a member of the juniper…

Celebrating the Foundation’s 57th Anniversary

By Karen C. Beattie | December 28, 2020 | Comments Off on Celebrating the Foundation’s 57th Anniversary

As we get ready to close out 2020, we would like to commemorate the Foundation’s 57nd anniversary on December 28th. On this date in 1963, a group of Nantucketers met at the home of W. Ripley Nelson, who was then the President of the Nantucket Civic League. They came together to discuss the growing need…

Ecology Seasonal Work with NCF

By Jen Karberg | December 21, 2020 | Comments Off on Ecology Seasonal Work with NCF

The ecological work of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, both the property stewardship activities and research properties require extensive field work. If you ask any ecologist, this is the fun part of the job! Most of us came to our careers as ecologists through a love of the outdoors. Seasonal ecology field employees are the backbone…

How do Nantucket’s turtles survive the winter?!

By Danielle O'Dell | December 14, 2020 | Comments Off on How do Nantucket’s turtles survive the winter?!

Spotted turtles are a relatively uncommon species of freshwater turtle in Massachusetts but Nantucket has fairly sizable and robust populations. Still, they are seldom seen, certainly not as frequently as their cousins, the other resident shelled reptilians, snapping and painted turtles. Spotted turtles are secretive and very picky about the kinds of habitat they prefer.…

This Year, Everyone is a Birder!

By Libby Buck | December 3, 2020 | Comments Off on This Year, Everyone is a Birder!

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC), one of the longest running citizen science projects in the world, is organized by the National Audubon Society. It was originally started in 1900’s by ornithologist Frank Chapman, who thought it was better to count the birds instead of hunting them on Christmas Day. This year, the Christmas Bird Count…

Oyster Reefs and Salt Marsh Resilience

By Jen Karberg | November 24, 2020 | Comments Off on Oyster Reefs and Salt Marsh Resilience

By Dr Jen Karberg, Research Program Supervisor On an island like Nantucket it’s hard lately to not read something about climate change, sea level rise, coastal resilience, erosion, etc. These buzz words can be heard all around the island from the flash flooding on Easy St to storm erosion near Hummock Pond. From south shore…

Deer Hunting Season is Here

By Karen C. Beattie | November 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Deer Hunting Season is Here

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it will soon be shotgun deer hunting season here on Nantucket and elsewhere across Massachusetts. Although archery season has been underway since October 5th and runs through November 28th, the most concentrated hunting activity takes place during the two-week shotgun season window, which is scheduled this year between Monday…

A Native Landscaping Makeover at NCF

By Kelly A. Omand | November 12, 2020 | Comments Off on A Native Landscaping Makeover at NCF

2020 is clearly a year for change. Last fall, we could never have imagined the alterations that have occurred in our daily lives, jobs, and household routines. 2019 was the year we made big plans to update the landscaping around the Nantucket Conservation Foundation office at 118 Cliff Road. Why make the change, and why…