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Dangerous Beauty

by Sarah Treanor Bois, Director of Research & Education for the Linda Loring Nature Foundation Unlike the rest of New England, Nantucket is not particularly known for its fall colors. People travel to Nantucket in the fall not for leaf peeping, but for the warmer maritime climate, the fishing, and …

Nantucket Land Council

Fun in Nature

Nantucket Land Council (NLC), an island organization dedicated to protecting Nantucket’s natural world and rural character, is hosting two opportunities in a week to be out in nature and enjoy our island’s beauty. Tagging Monarch Butterflies The afternoon of Wednesday, September 27, the Land Council is inviting the public to …

Loines Observatory | Nantucket, MA

Nighttime Wonders

The Maria Mitchell Association (MMA), Nantucket’s Science Center, has announced Open Nights at the Loines Observatory for the upcoming fall season. There will be two open nights each month starting Monday, September 25 and Tuesday, September 26 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open Nights in October will be Monday, October …

Blue Jay on Nantucket Island

How to Attract Birds This Fall

by Sarah Treanor Bois Director of Research & Education for the Linda Loring Nature Foundation Fall brings many things to the island: more parking spaces at the Stop and Shop, False Albacore in the harbor for some great fishing, and some amazing fall wildflowers. Fall is also an exceptional time …

Linda Loring Nantucket Foundation | Nantucket, MA

Measuring Rainfall on Nantucket

by Sarah Treanor Bois, Director of Research & Education for the Linda Loring Nature Foundation On Nantucket, we are particularly aware of the weather, reliant on predictions of storms, rain events, and extreme high tides. We aren’t just passive observers, though, as data collected on the island helps inform these …

Maria Mitchell Association | Nantucket, MA

Release Day for Marine Life Sept. 2

The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA), Nantucket’s Science Center, will hold its annual animal “Release Day” this Saturday, September 2 from 10 am to 1 pm at the MMA Aquarium located at 28 Washington Street, Nantucket. Admission is free and the public is invited to this event. This free event …

Nantucket Wildflowers

Autumn Bounty to Explore

by Sarah Treanor Bois, Director of Research & Education for the Linda Loring Nature Foundation With Labor Day comes the end of summer, cooler temperatures, and back to school for many. Getting out into the forest and field this time of year brings a botanical bounty as a stunning display of …

Hickory Tussock Moth Catepillar

Before the Metamorphosis

by Sarah Treanor Bois, Director of Research & Education for the Linda Loring Nature Foundation According to Butterflies and Moths of North America (butterfliesandmoths.org) there are 172 species of moths and butterflies that have been documented from Nantucket County. As such, that means there are that many caterpillars out and …

Astronomical Show on Nantucket

by Sanibel Chai The total solar eclipse occuring this Monday, August 21 is particularly rare because it is the first time the path of totality exclusively crosses the continental United States from coast to coast in nearly a century—the last time was on June 8, 1918. It is also the …