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Rare Wetlands in the Midst of an Old Trash Dump

By Jen Karberg | August 17, 2016 | Comments Off on Rare Wetlands in the Midst of an Old Trash Dump

*Please note, this blog post was originally published in The Inquirer and Mirror on August 11th, 2016  in the article series called Island Ecology. The Foundation’s Science staff will be regularly contributing to our local newspaper and reprinting articles here the following week.* On the southeast end of Nantucket Island there is a large tract…

Voracious viburnum beetle has arrived

By Kelly A. Omand | August 12, 2016 | Comments Off on Voracious viburnum beetle has arrived

*Please note, this blog post was originally published in The Inquirer and Mirror on July 28th, 2016 on pg 11B in the article series called Island Ecology. The Foundation’s Science staff will be regularly contributing to our local newspaper and reprinting articles here the following week.* Every year in midsummer, Nantucket’s conservation lands and roadside…

Rare Plants and Unique Wildlife on our Coatue Property

By Danielle O'Dell | July 26, 2016 | 1 Comment

*Please note, this blog post was originally published in The Inquirer and Mirror on July 21th 2016 pg 6B in the article series Island Ecology. The Foundation’s Science staff will be regularly contributing to our local newspaper and reprinting articles here the following week.* As we all know, Nantucket is unique in so many ways…

Nantucket Coastal Plain Pond Hydrology and Globally Rare Plants

By Jen Karberg | July 20, 2016 | Comments Off on Nantucket Coastal Plain Pond Hydrology and Globally Rare Plants

*Please note, this blog post was originally published in The Inquirer and Mirror July 14th 2016 pg 4B in the article series Island Ecology. The Foundation’s Science staff will be regularly contributing to our local newspaper and reprinting articles here in the following week.* After a long spring drought with weeks of no rain in…

Celebrating Local Color: Native Wildflowers at Work!

By Kelly A. Omand | June 30, 2016 | Comments Off on Celebrating Local Color: Native Wildflowers at Work!

A recent NCF “Mornings for Members” walk at Windswept Bog (free to members of NCF with signup)  highlighted some of our most beautiful native wildflowers. Natives are plants that arrived in a region without human help and in most cases have been in the neighborhood for enough time to become a vital part of the…

Meet Our 2016 Seasonal Research Field Assistants

By ncfscience | June 14, 2016 | Comments Off on Meet Our 2016 Seasonal Research Field Assistants

Each year, the NCF Science and Stewardship Department hires a few lucky and talented people to help us through the field season with all of our various research, monitoring and restoration projects. We try to hire individuals with a passion for botany and the natural world and each year we are excited to meet and…

The balance between public access and rare resource protection – here’s how we’re doing it at Head of the Plains

By Karen C. Beattie | June 7, 2016 | Comments Off on The balance between public access and rare resource protection – here’s how we’re doing it at Head of the Plains

The Foundation has always strived to manage its properties to provide for public access and protect rare ecological resources. These goals can often be at cross purposes, so succeeding at both requires a great deal of strategic planning. Developing property conservation management plans that achieve this balance is one of the primary tasks of the…

Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative’s Citizen Science Event

By Danielle O'Dell | May 31, 2016 | Comments Off on Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative’s Citizen Science Event

Who’s your Scientist?!! Over the weekend of June 10-12th, the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative invites you to participate in our Citizen Science Weekend to learn more about the research that is being conducted on Nantucket by local scientists and how you can be involved. All of the weekend’s events are free and open to the public! Come learn…

Garlic Mustard: Friend or Foe in the Battle Against Deer Ticks?

By Kelly A. Omand | May 11, 2016 | 1 Comment

Recently I heard a provocative statement to the effect that “garlic mustard is Mother Nature’s way of getting rid of deer ticks.” Naturally I needed to find out more. Could this actually be true? After spending hundreds of hours working with field crews managing this plant by hand-pulling in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, not to mention here on Nantucket,…

Osprey Nesting at Eel Point

By ncfscience | April 26, 2016 | Comments Off on Osprey Nesting at Eel Point

by: Libby Buck, NCF Shorebird Monitor For the past three seasons, there has been resident pair of Ospreys nesting on the ground at Eel Point. This is a very rare occurrence, since Ospreys typically nest off the ground in an old dead tree, an artificial structure such as utility pole, or a human constructed Osprey…