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What’s in Your Pond?

By Kelly A. Omand | June 14, 2019 | Comments Off on What’s in Your Pond?

The answer to that question might surprise you. Ponds are hotspots for insects, birds, amphibians, and reptiles. The combination of wildlife and ever-changing lush landscapes also attracts the human eye. We are fortunate on Nantucket; while sometimes we have “too much of a good thing” in terms of over-exuberant pond vegetation, most of our aquatic…

Wildlife Crossing and Turtle News

By Danielle O'Dell | June 4, 2019 | Comments Off on Wildlife Crossing and Turtle News

As if we all needed another reason and reminder to slow down a little bit, warmer weather has arrived finally and June is high time for turtles to start moving out of wetlands in search of nesting locations and summer habitat. Unfortunately, these slow moving creatures often have to cross busy roads to get from…

Calling All Birders: We Need Your Help!

By Libby Buck | May 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Calling All Birders: We Need Your Help!

The Nantucket Conservation Foundation currently owns and maintains nearly one third of Nantucket’s open space. We know there are many birding hotpots within those 9,006 acres and we want to know what birds are being observed. The Science & Stewardship Department is looking to the local community and visitors for help with collecting this data.…

Spring Unfurls at Squam Swamp

By Neil Foley | May 10, 2019 | Comments Off on Spring Unfurls at Squam Swamp

This is a great time of year to take a walk through the winding trails of Squam Swamp and see the season spring to life. This trail loop off Wauwinet Rd. takes visitors through eerily shaped stands of hardwood forest and past freshwater bogs filled with vibrant mats of sphagnum moss. Bunches of Cinnamon Fern…

It Takes a Village to Understand and Manage Our Sandplain Grasslands

By Karen C. Beattie | April 5, 2019 | Comments Off on It Takes a Village to Understand and Manage Our Sandplain Grasslands

Nantucket’s sandplain grasslands are upland plant communities unique to this region of North America. Once common along the northeastern seaboard, residential, and commercial development and succession to shrublands has all but eliminated these habitats from other coastal areas from Long Island, New York to coastal Maine. It is currently estimated that between 85-98% of the…

Update on the Hither Creek Washover, Erosion and Salt Marshes

By Jen Karberg | March 27, 2019 | Comments Off on Update on the Hither Creek Washover, Erosion and Salt Marshes

Salt marshes and shrub wetlands buried under the eroded sand dune at Hither Creek will likely never regenerate but new vegetation is recolonizing on top of the bare sand. Horseshoe crabs, piping plovers and even a state-listed plant are making there homes in the new habitat around Millie’s Pond.

Early Spring Botany: Into the Thicket

By Kelly A. Omand | March 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Early Spring Botany: Into the Thicket

As winter brightens into spring and we all suffer through the “spring forward” time change, the trees and shrubs in our landscape are beginning to awaken from their winter dormancy. But until bud burst, you can still get out there and learn to recognize more of our Nantucket Flora in winter condition — let’s hope,…

Family Stay-cation Scavenger Hunt is a Success!

By Libby Buck | February 28, 2019 | Comments Off on Family Stay-cation Scavenger Hunt is a Success!

For February break Nantucket Conservation Foundation put together a fun family scavenger hunt for those who didn’t travel for vacation. We are happy to say this was extremely successful having almost 100 kids sign up! This free scavenger hunt was designed to get families outside and to explore six different properties owned by Nantucket Conservation…

Good Firebreaks Make Good Neighbors

By Karen C. Beattie | February 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Good Firebreaks Make Good Neighbors

One of the frequent calls we get at the Foundation’s office during the fall, winter and early spring involves questions about the firebreak management work we are doing on our properties. Why are we cutting down the shrubs? Where will we be cutting next? Will we eventually be cutting down everything? The level of interest…

Winter Botany: Twigs and Buds

By Kelly A. Omand | February 6, 2019 | Comments Off on Winter Botany: Twigs and Buds

During the colder winter months, many of our trees are “closed for the season.” Like island businesses, trees will have an “opening date” sometime in spring when flower buds will pop and leaves will unfurl. Exploring the forest in winter can be a fun way to see another facet of island ecology and learn to…

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