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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…

My Summer Work on Nantucket!

By ncfscience | October 19, 2015 | Comments Off on My Summer Work on Nantucket!

By: Kaitlyn Evans, NCF Seasonal Botany Field Research Assistant This summer I had the privilege of working on Nantucket as seasonal botany/ecology field assistant. I was able to participate in many different projects within the science department. These projects included vegetation monitoring, rare plant surveys, invasive plant management, a salt marsh food web study, bat…

What’s New In Nature: Flowering Goldenrods

By Jen Karberg | September 23, 2015 | Comments Off on What’s New In Nature: Flowering Goldenrods

Once the yellow of the goldenrod flowers begins popping up in Nantucket’s grasslands and through the road edges in the Middle Moors fall weather is not fall behind. Goldenrods are in the Asteraceae plant family – the largest plant family including sunflowers, daisies, thistles to name a few. On Nantucket, there are an estimated 20 different…

Island Solitaire: A Ranger’s Summer on Coatue

By ncfscience | September 11, 2015 |

By Neil Foley, Coatue Ranger and Shorebird Monitor Another Nantucket summer is coming to a close along with a successful shorebird breeding season on Coatue.  The landscape changes from Juno and the stormy winter have been noticeable to the NCF team, but our birds are adept at nesting and raising families in an ecosystem marked…

What’s New In Nature: Osprey

By ncfscience | September 9, 2015 |

Osprey, (Pandion haliaetus) Osprey, also known as fish hawks, are one of Nantucket’s most iconic birds of prey. They nest predominantly on platforms erected adjacent to beaches and ponds. Although dead trees can serve as naturally-occurring nest sites, this species seems to prefer artificial structures such as nest platforms, cell phone towers, channel markers and utility…

What’s New In Nature: New England Blazing Star

By ncfscience | September 2, 2015 | Comments Off on What’s New In Nature: New England Blazing Star

New England Blazing Star (Liatris scariosa var. novae angliae) Flowering August-September Native to the northeastern United States, New England blazing star is a showy wildflower with star-like clusters of brilliant purple florets arranged on an upright stalk. Found only in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island this globally rare plant is…

What’s New in Nature: Meadow Vole

By Jen Karberg | August 19, 2015 | Comments Off on What’s New in Nature: Meadow Vole

Meadow Vole, (Microtus pennsylvanicus) The meadow vole, or meadow/field mouse, is a common species of small mammal on Nantucket and across the northern United States and Canada. As the name implies, this species prefers open grassy habitats, but it can also be found in shrublands and forests. This little mammal is active during the day and night year-round.…

What’s New in Nature: Queen Anne’s Lace

By Jen Karberg | August 12, 2015 | Comments Off on What’s New in Nature: Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota) Flowering July-August A colonist from Europe, Queen Anne’s Lace is a familiar sight in old fields and along roadsides and can be found throughout Nantucket.  Another name for this plant is “wild carrot”, because our garden carrots were bred from this species, which has tough white roots. The large flat…

What’s New In Nature: Turk’s Cap Lily (Lilium superbum)

By Jen Karberg | August 5, 2015 | Comments Off on What’s New In Nature: Turk’s Cap Lily (Lilium superbum)

Turk’s Cap Lily (Lilium superbum) Flowering July-August Turk’s cap lily is a rare but spectacular sight in the Polpis area of Nantucket, where it grows in shrubby edge habitat. The ornate flowers are bright orange or red, tinged with yellow and spotted with dark speckles near the center, rising above the surrounding vegetation, which affords…

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