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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…

Sea Turtle Stranding Season

By Danielle O'Dell | December 8, 2015 | Comments Off on Sea Turtle Stranding Season

Over the last several winter seasons, Cape Cod has been experiencing record numbers of sea turtle strandings on their beaches. Last year in particular was a doozey with nearly 1,250 turtles rescued from Cape beaches. The previous record was in 2012 with close to 400 turtles. A string of early season strandings have already occurred…

Late Fall Color: Fruit, not Foliage!

By Kelly A. Omand | November 22, 2015 | Comments Off on Late Fall Color: Fruit, not Foliage!

Recent rainy and windy weather may have finished off most of our autumn leaves, but there’s still plenty of color across the Nantucket landscape. The Science & Stewardship staff at NCF would like to wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving, and encourage you to enjoy the natural beauty of the island around you. It’s deer hunting…

Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative and the Biennial Research Conference!

By ncfscience | November 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative and the Biennial Research Conference!

The Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative is a group built of members of all of the various conservation, research, and ecology groups on Nantucket. For such a small island, there are a lot of different groups interested in and investing in protecting and promoting biodiversity! First thing: what is biodiversity? You might think it’s a commonly used…

Nantucket Summer: Field Season

By ncfscience | October 21, 2015 | Comments Off on Nantucket Summer: Field Season

by Natalie Pawlikowski, NCF Seasonal Botany Field Research Assistant Five months on Nantucket have come and past. Most of my days have been spent working with the island’s diverse shrub, grass, and forb species.  Some highlights of the season included seeing  the Turk’s Cap Lilly (Lilium superbum) bloom at Squam Farm, monitoring Broom Crowberry (Corema…

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