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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…

Broom crowberry – Nantucket’s first native flower of spring

By Jen Karberg | March 30, 2016 | Comments Off on Broom crowberry – Nantucket’s first native flower of spring

The daffodils and crocuses may already be popping up around town in  sunny spots but most of the native plants in Nantucket’s moors, grasslands and forests are still waiting for warmer and longer days to flower. Except for one! Hiding in the Middle Moors of Nantucket, in the low and open heathy expanses, the miniscule…

The Six Snakes of Nantucket

By Danielle O'Dell | March 22, 2016 | Comments Off on The Six Snakes of Nantucket

The first American Oystercatchers have arrived back to Jetties Beach, mourning doves are building nests right outside the Conservation Foundation office windows, and the increase of early morning bird song surely means that spring is on its way, whether it feels like it to the humans or not! But as one who likes to scamper among the wetter…

Woodcocks in Spring — A Whirlwind Courtship Every Time!

By Karen C. Beattie | March 1, 2016 | Comments Off on Woodcocks in Spring — A Whirlwind Courtship Every Time!

Early spring is here: now’s the time to find male American Woodcocks (Scolopax minor) putting on impressive aerial displays to attract a mate. There are a number of locations around the island where you can catch a glimpse of this rite of spring. A calm night — even better, a calm night flooded with moonlight —…

World Wetlands Day 2016

By Jen Karberg | February 2, 2016 | Comments Off on World Wetlands Day 2016

February 2nd is World Wetlands Day, celebrated internationally every year since 1997 to commemorate the signing of the Convention on Wetlands in Ramsar, Iran. The Ramsar Convention represents a multi-national treaty which has facilitated work to survey, study, prioritize and conserve valuable wetland resources around the world and to promote the wise use of wetlands. World Wetlands…

MassWildlife Habitat Management Grant Funding Approved!

By Karen C. Beattie | January 25, 2016 | Comments Off on MassWildlife Habitat Management Grant Funding Approved!

The Nantucket Conservation Foundation recently received the news that we have been awarded a $20,357 grant to undertake a sandplain heathland management project on our Head of the Plains properties in the southwest portion of the island. This funding comes from the new Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) Habitat Management Grant Program, which…

Botany Detectives: Exploring the Nantucket Flora in the Off-Season

By Kelly A. Omand | January 5, 2016 | Comments Off on Botany Detectives: Exploring the Nantucket Flora in the Off-Season

Since arriving on Nantucket in January of 2008, I’ve found that the colder months offer some of the best opportunities to check out new places and get the lay of the land. With the summer tangle of scrub oak, grape and other greenery magically absent after leaf drop, you can see a lot more detail. You don’t have to…

Salt Marsh Dieback and the Purple Marsh Crab on Nantucket

By Jen Karberg | December 22, 2015 | Comments Off on Salt Marsh Dieback and the Purple Marsh Crab on Nantucket

Unexplained die off of salt marsh plants, particularly along creek edges and the low tide line, has become an increasing issue along the New England coast since the 1990s. Along marsh creek banks and harbor edges, salt marsh plants (particularly salt marsh cordgrass or Spartina alterniflora) began disappearing, leaving behind large swaths of exposed soil, filled…