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lily pond | Nantucket, MA

Walk through an Invaded Wonderland

by Dr. Sarah Treanor Bois Director of Research & Education at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation Nantucket has been a hotspot of global transport since the whaling days of the 18th and 19th centuries. At a time when most people never ventured further than a few miles from their hometown, …

Pop Up Science | Nantucket, MA

Be Surprised by Science

They say the world is your classroom, so let the island of Nantucket feed your brain all summer long. Thanks in part to a generous grant from the Nantucket Community Foundation’s ReMain Nantucket Fund, the Maria Mitchell Association is sending a Pop Up Science cart around the island all summer …

pollinators | Nantucket, MA

Plight of Pollinators

by Dr. Sarah Treanor Bois Director of Research & Education at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation While honeybees get most of the attention, pollinators actually include anything that moves pollen from one plant to another; namely bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, birds, small mammals, bats, and even some lizards. On Nantucket, …

Sandplain Grasslands | Nantucket, MA

Native Habitats

by Dr. Sarah Treanor Bois Director of Research & Education at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation For people and plants, Nantucket can be a formidable place to call home. Only the hardiest souls can endure the wind, salt spray, and isolation all year, but those that can are rewarded with …

Firefly | Nantucket, MA

Join the Firefly Watch

by Dr. Sarah Treanor Bois Director of Research & Education at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation It’s lightning bug season on Nantucket, and the evening sky is now even more exciting. Lighting bugs, or fireflies, have been lighting up the evening skies since around the fourth of July (perhaps a …

Women and Wellness | Nantucket, MA

Health, Wellness, and Women

by Suzanne Daub In 2017 a trio of dynamic women on Nantucket—Meryl Bralower, Melanie Sablehaus, and Jeanine Borthwick—engaged with Nantucket Cottage Hospital to spearhead an effort to empower women on the island, visitors and residents, to take charge of their healthcare. “Did you know that 80% of all healthcare decisions …

Black Holes | Nantucket, MA

Explaining Black Holes

Almost everyone has heard of black holes, a mysterious part of space that brings to mind a dangerous, hovering void. Black holes, however, are actually areas that contain an incredible amount of matter, and are not an empty space, as the name seems to suggest. The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association …