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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 …

Maria Mitchell Association | Nantucket, MA

A Whale of an Auction

Sunday, August 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) will hold a reception and auction highlighting the dangers of plastic flotsam in our oceans through sculptures made from plastic beach trash. The auction will be held at the MMA’s property located at 33 Washington Street, …

Spotted Knapweed on Nantucket

Fighting a Beautiful Devil

by Sarah Treanor Bois, Director of Research & Education for the Linda Loring Nature Foundation Along some sandy roadsides and ruderal areas right now, you can see a tall, herbaceous plant with many small purple flower heads in bloom. Reminding many people of thistles, these beauties don’t boast any thorns, …

Meteors This Week, Eclipse Next

by Sanibel Chai Though the Great American Eclipse will be visible at midday in Nantucket on August 21, the island is not in the path of totality. This means we will only observe a partial solar eclipse. If you are looking for a nighttime astronomical spectacle, the peak of the …

Poison Ivy, Nantucket

Poison Ivy – A Master of Disguise

by Sarah Treanor Bois, Director of Research & Education for the Linda Loring Nature Foundation Poison ivy, Toxicodendron radicans, is a native, woody plant prevalent throughout Nantucket. As the name implies, it is “toxic” or “poisonous” to the touch for many of the public. While 85 % of Americans are …

Foraging on Nantucket Island

Foraging for Fruit

by Dr. Sarah T. Bois, Director of Research & Education for the Linda Loring Nature Foundation Berry season is upon us on Nantucket. While the strawberries have come and gone, there is a plethora of native, wild berries available for the picking. In and among the grasslands and heathlands of …

Ticks on Nantucket

The Low Down on What’s Up with Ticks

by Dr. Sarah T. Bois, Director of Research & Education for the Linda Loring Nature Foundation Ticks have become a fact of life for islanders and visitors. Once an uncommon occurrence, deer (or black-legged) ticks that carry Lyme’s disease are now found in more than half the counties in the …

Nan Daeschler Hauser

Whale Tales from the South Pacific

World-renowned ocean conservationist Nan Daeschler Hauser will present a lecture entitled South Pacific Whale Tales: A Perspective of Whales, Then and Now  Wednesday, July 5 at 6 pm in the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street. Hauser will highlight a variety of topics, including the history of South Pacific whaling across …

Garlic Mustard, Dr. Sarah Bois

What’s Invasive?

by Dr. Sarah T. Bois, Director of Research & Education for the Linda Loring Nature Foundation One of the things Nantucket residents and visitors agree on is the natural beauty of our island. The sandplain grasslands and coastal heathlands that make up much of the south coast, middle moors and …