How do Nantucket’s turtles survive the winter?!

Spotted turtles are a relatively uncommon species of freshwater turtle in Massachusetts but Nantucket has fairly sizable and robust populations. Still, they are seldom seen, certainly not as frequently as their cousins, the other resident shelled reptilians, snapping and painted turtles. Spotted turtles are secretive and very picky about the kinds of habitat they prefer.…

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Meet our new Seasonal Field Assistants and Volunteer

Plants are starting to flower, spotted turtles are moving around and our 2014 field season is in full swing.  Each year we hire a crew of seasonal field assistants to help us conduct all of the field work required by our many and various research and management projects.  Our seasonal shorebird monitors have been active…

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Signs of Spring!

After a long, cold and snowy winter on Nantucket, it’s nice to look forward to the coming of spring! Here are our top 10 sure signs that spring has arrived! 1. American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) The distinctive mating ritual of the woodcock has begun. The male performs a “sky dance” at dawn and dusk, where…

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Winter and Spotted Turtles in Medouie

With the dwindling daylight and cooling fall temperatures, the spotted turtles of Medouie Creek have been preparing for hibernation for some time  now. While we humans have enjoyed a beautiful warm and dry fall, the turtles are in need of some real rain soon! Their metabolisms have slowed and they’ve moved into dense shrubby swamps…

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Summer and Spotted Turtles

June was nesting season for spotted turtles as well as other turtle species on Nantucket. Numerous reports of nesting turtles and turtles on the move towards nesting sites were pouring in throughout the month! While we were not able to document the exact locations of any nests at Medouie Creek, our turtles made some short…

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Meet the Turtles of Medouie

In November 2012, NCF participated in the #SciFund Challenge – a crowdfunding entertprise to help use raise money to support our spotted turtle research at our Medouie Creek property.  You can read all of about the challenge here. Since the beginning of April, Danielle and our field assistants have been scouring the Medouie marsh looking…

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Spring is finally here!

Nothing says spring like evening choruses of spring peepers! With all the rain earlier this spring, these little trillers were reported peeping away on Nantucket in early March. But for me, spring doesn’t truly arrive until I find my first spotted turtle basking after a long winter hibernation. On Friday, March 29th, the weather finally…

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