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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 …

Long Pond | Nantucket, MA

More than Just a Pretty Picture

Dr. Sarah Treanor Bois Director of Research & Education at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation We’ve all heard of them. Many of us on Nantucket have seen them hovering over our coastlines and possibly in our backyards. And then there is that buzzing sound. We’re talking about drones.Sure, aerial photos …

Fish Hawks | Nantucket, MA

Call of the Osprey

Dr. Sarah Treanor Bois Director of Research & Education at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation Osprey, (Pandion haliaetus) also known as Fish Hawks, are abundant on Nantucket this time of year. Their calls are familiar along most ponds and wetlands. Their nesting platforms dot the landscape all around the island. …