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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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…

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Island Solitaire: A Ranger’s Summer on Coatue

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…

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Welcome to NCF’s 2015 Seasonal Botany Field Assistants

Each summer, the Nantucket Conservation Foundation hires two seasonal botany field assistants to help us collect data on a variety of projects throughout the field season. This year, we are very lucky to have Natalie Pawlikowski and Kaitlyn Evans joining our team! These two ladies will be helping us to locate populations of rare plants…

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Botanizing on Nantucket

By: Katherine Culatta, Seasonal Botany/Ecology Field Assistant One of the most exciting things that can happen to a botanist is to stumble across an unfamiliar plant and puzzle over its identity, working though guide books, dichotomous keys, and consultations with fellow plant enthusiasts.  When I’m solving the identity of mystery plants, I feel like a…

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Meet our new shorebird monitors!

Over the last few months we have been watching shorebirds return to Nantucket – as Karen Beattie mentioned in her previous blog post, we are happy to be welcoming back our shorebird friends! By now, you may have noticed that we’ve erected fencing on our beaches to protect the nests and young of American oystercatchers,…

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Welcome Back, Old Friends!

Spring is a special time on Nantucket for those of us who live here year round. The days are getting longer, and there is a bit of light at the end of the winter tunnel – because no matter what happens from here on, January and February are already behind us! Houses and businesses start…

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Meet our Seasonal Field Assistants

Our 2013 field season is now in full swing and each year we hire a crew of seasonal field assistants to help us conduct all of the field work needed for our many and various research and management projects.  This year we are so pleased to welcome a wonderful, dedicated, and fun crew of people…

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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 (~April-October) when we are actively involved in collecting data and conducting our numerous research and monitoring projects, and the Off-Season(~November-March) which really isn’t an off-season…

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