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controlled burns | Nantucket, MA

Why Fire?

by Dr. Sarah Treanor Bois Director of Research & Education at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation There has been a long tradition of fire ecology on Nantucket. While the amount of fire the Wampanoag used to alter the landscape is unclear, our Native American predecessors most likely used fire as …

Citizen Science Weekend | Nantucket, MA

Who’s Your Scientist?

by Dr. Sarah Treanor Bois Director of Research & Education at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation Have you ever wondered where Nantucket bats spend their time? Do you have questions about prescribed fire use on the island? How about those invasive green crabs? The Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative (NBI) is at …

Release Day | Nantucket, MA

This Saturday Is Release Day

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

Dr. Tim Lepore | Nantucket, MA

Dr. Tim Lepore to Talk Ticks

The Centers for Disease control and Prevention estimates that there are more than 300,000 new cases of tick-borne diseases in the U.S. every year. The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) will host a lecture given by Dr. Tim Lepore on September 5 from 7 to 8 pm at 33 Washington …

Fall webworm | Nantucket, MA

Fall Webworm

by Dr. Sarah Treanor Bois Director of Research & Education at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation It’s not fall, and it’s not a worm. So, what is it, you may ask? Fall webworm (Hyphantria cunea) is actually a common, native caterpillar that occurs throughout the United States and southern Canada. …

Mantid | Nantucket, MA

Manic for Mantids

by Dr. Sarah Treanor Bois Director of Research & Education at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation There’s an alien frolicking about Nantucket, hunting prey in our sandplain grasslands and heathlands. They’ve been known to tear the heads off of their prey and eat their mates for dinner. These ferocious beasts …

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 …