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Preliminary Planning Underway for Wetland Restoration at Windswept Bog

By Karen C. Beattie | August 30, 2019 | Comments Off on Preliminary Planning Underway for Wetland Restoration at Windswept Bog

by: Karen Beattie, NCF Director of Science and Stewardship The Nantucket Conservation Foundation’s Board of Trustees recently decided to retire cranberry cultivation on our Windswept Bog property (on Polpis Road) in order to pursue a watershed level wetland restoration project. These plans were covered in the Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror (our local newspaper on Nantucket,…

Successful Shorebird Season

By Libby Buck | August 23, 2019 | Comments Off on Successful Shorebird Season

by: Libby Buck, Ecological Stewardship & Research Technician It is August and the days are slowly growing shorter and the end of summer is approaching.  The shorebirds on Nantucket are getting ready to start their long journey south.  I am happy to report our efforts to protect the endangered & threatened species this year have yielded some…

Summer Beauties

By Karen C. Beattie | July 29, 2019 | Comments Off on Summer Beauties

by: Karen Beattie, NCF Science and Stewardship Department Director Nantucket has experienced an uncommonly wet growing season so far this year. The abundance of rain has produced lush and verdant vegetation across the island that is persisting into the recent hot and dry weather conditions more typical of summertime on the island. Take a walk…

Windswept Bog Unicorn root

By Kelly A. Omand | July 18, 2019 | Comments Off on Windswept Bog Unicorn root

This summer, with reduced mowing at the Windswept Cranberry Bog on Polpis Road, you may have noticed a field of towering white flowers in the fields surrounding the cranberry bogs near Stump Pond. The white spikes are the flower stalks of an unusual native wildflower called “colic-root,” “stargrass,” or “unicorn root” (Aletris farinosa). This is…

Meet Our 2019 Seasonal Field Assistants

By ncfscience | July 5, 2019 | Comments Off on Meet Our 2019 Seasonal Field Assistants

Meet Brendan Connolly By Brendan Connolly: The natural world has filled me with awe and has been a constant driving force throughout my life. In particular, botany has been a large passion of mine, one that I have focused on through my undergraduate education, previous work experience, and a small addiction to collecting unique succulents…

April Showers Bring May Flowers & June Beetles

By Neil Foley | June 27, 2019 | Comments Off on April Showers Bring May Flowers & June Beetles

Stand outside on the warm nights of June, as spring folds into summer, and turn on a light.  Soon enough you will hear the engine-like thrum and eventual collision of a June Beetle (sub family Melolonthinae) clumsily seeking the source of illumination. Keep the light on and hang a sheet to attract the multitudes of…

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…

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