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Wildflowers on Nantucket

Wildflowers on Nantucket

by Dr. Sarah T. Bois, Director of Research & Education for the Linda Loring Nature Foundation Nantucket habitats are unique. Not only are they 30 miles out to sea, but the contiguous acreages of conservation land are home to a swath of statelisted and otherwise rare species. This includes birds, …

Turkey Vultures on Nantucket

Vultures – Unofficial Members of the Clean Team

by Dr. Sarah T. Bois, Director of Research & Education for the Linda Loring Nature Foundation Until recently, Turkey Vultures were a rare occurrence on Nantucket. They would make the occasional Christmas bird count and were listed as a rarity in the 1979 Checklist of Nantucket Birds by Edith Andrews …

Friend or Foe? Eastern Tent Caterpillar

by Dr. Sarah T. Bois, Director of Research & Education for the Linda Loring Nature Foundation Springtime on Nantucket brings blossoms of every color, resident birds back to the island, and a plethora of new visitors. Among all of these spring occurrences is one often met with derision: the Eastern …

Nantucket Spring - Osprey nesting

Signs of Nantucket Spring

by Dr. Sarah T. Bois, Director of Research & Education for the Linda Loring Nature Foundation Springtime on Nantucket is a special time when muddy roads and icy sidewalks make way for budding crocuses and nesting song-birds. Spring officially begins with the Nantucket Daffodil Festival that has always been held …

Nantucket Pollinator Garden

Nantucket Lighthouse School Honored by Monarch Watch

Early in April, Nantucket Lighthouse School received a Certificate of Appreciation from Monarch Watch, a non-profit education, conservation and research program based at the University of Kansas that focuses on the monarch butterfly, its habitat, and its spectacular fall migration. The award grants Nantucket Lighthouse School’s Pollinator Garden national recognition …

Adam Bloom Scholarship Fund | Maria Mitchell Association

Camp Scholarship in Memory of Son

Susan and Howard Bloom have announced the Adam Bloom Scholarship Fund for children interested in attending the Maria Mitchell Association’s winter and spring vacation camp programs running in December and April. Applications, available at mariamitchell.org, are being accepted for the MMA’s Winter Discovery Camp from December 27 to 30. During …

Pau Winter | Nantucket, MA

One Night Only

Legends Paul Winter and Roger Payne Perform “Whales Alive: The Music of Whales” Concert at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street on Wednesday, August 31 at 7 pm. Winter is a saxophonist, composer, and seven-time Grammy winner. Dr. Payne is the biologist famous for the discovery of humpback whale songs …