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Spring is finally here!

By Danielle O'Dell | April 8, 2013 |

Nothing says spring like evening choruses of spring peepers! With all the rain earlier this spring, these little trillers were reported peeping away on Nantucket in early March. But for…

They’re Back!

By Karen C. Beattie | March 22, 2013 |

An American Oystercatcher in Flight (photo courtesy of Vernon Laux). In our last blog post, we discussed the many preparations currently underway in our Science and Stewardship Department for the…

How to Plan a Successful Field Season

By Jen Karberg | March 15, 2013 | Comments Off on How to Plan a Successful Field Season

March always sneaks up on me each year.  In the Science and Stewardship Department at NCF, our work year is divided up into two very different parts: our Field Season…

Forests at Sea: Visiting Squam Swamp in Winter

By Kelly A. Omand | March 5, 2013 |

You might never guess that the tail end of winter would be a great time to explore the forests of Nantucket, but it is! On February 21st, a group of…

Wild Cats on Nantucket!

By Danielle O'Dell | February 22, 2013 | Comments Off on Wild Cats on Nantucket!

There are few issues in wildlife biology that are as contentious and emotional as that of feral cats. It’s akin to modern politics, it seems that you are on one…

Searching for a Certain “Some Bunny”

By Karen C. Beattie | February 8, 2013 |

This winter, our science department is attempting to document if a rare and elusive species of cottontail rabbit is still present on Nantucket. The New England Cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis) is…

Where do the NCF Sheep Spend the Winter?

By ncfscience | January 31, 2013 | Comments Off on Where do the NCF Sheep Spend the Winter?

The Nantucket Conservation Foundation maintains a flock of sheep at Squam Farm as part of our conservation efforts.  You can read more about how effective sheep can be as a…

New England Plant Conservation Program – Surveying Rare Plants

By Jen Karberg | January 25, 2013 | Comments Off on New England Plant Conservation Program – Surveying Rare Plants

Last week, Jen Karberg (NCF’s Research Supervisor) attended the annual New England Plant Conservation Program (NEPCoP) MA Task Force Meeting to discuss rare plants and the state of rare plant…

Mute Swans (Cygnus olor)

By Danielle O'Dell | January 16, 2013 |

  The mute swan is the largest waterfowl species found on Nantucket but is actually not a native species to the United States. Valued for its beauty and aesthetic appeal,…

Nantucket Students Learn About Island Invasive Plants

By Kelly A. Omand | January 7, 2013 | Comments Off on Nantucket Students Learn About Island Invasive Plants

Environmental Science students at Nantucket High School (NHS) have been studying the ecological impacts of non-native invasive species around the world. Just before the holidays, Research Technician/Field Supervisor Kelly Omand, a…