It’s baby bird season, and it has been a busy one so far. It’s a good time to revisit what to do when you have an encounter with a nest or baby bird and how you can best help these vulnerable little ones. At the Linda Loring Nature Foundation we frequently get calls about what to do when a bird “falls out of the nest” or the mother “abandons” the nest.
There are three species of native freshwater turtles on Nantucket (in addition to a few illegally released pets). You can find previous articles about the beloved spotted turtle (Clemmys guttata) or the ubiquitous and prehistoric snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina). The third turtle species to roam Nantucket’s freshwater and uplands is the common, native eastern painted turtle (Chrysemys picta picta). The painted turtle is the most widespread native turtle of North America and they are fairly abundant throughout their range (coast to coast through the northern US and southern Canada, south to the Gulf of Mexico from Louisiana to southwestern Alabama).
Our island’s history is rich with tales of drama and courage. The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum is devoted to sharing these stories, as Dir. of Education Evan Schwanfelder describes them: “Stories of the high seas that rise from the depths of despair to the peak of human hope and […]
by Tim Ehrenberg It’s that time of year to start making a list and checking it twice… No need to find out who’s naughty or nice though, because books make the perfect gift for anyone on your shopping agenda. Thank Santa Claus that we have two bookstores here on Nantucket […]
A culinary bounty of oceanic proportions awaits in the waters surrounding Nantucket. From the striper to the squid, the scallop to the sea bean, everyone can help in the harvest and enjoy these delicacies from the deep. There is one bivalve, though, that stands out from the sea of options all around us. And though we’ll never know who first thought the humble oyster was worth sampling, we are forever in their debt.
One of the first questions newcomers to Nantucket ask (after do people live here in the winter? and are there schools on Nantucket?) is often “does Nantucket have a hospital?”
The answer, of course, is a resounding YES. And thanks to years of dedication, determination, and dollars raised by generous donors and local residents, in February of 2019 Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s new facilities opened to patients. Thanks to an unprecedented $120 million capital campaign, the largest in Nantucket history, the new hospital was built entirely through private donations: debt-free, using no taxpayer dollars.
In collaboration with longtime island pharmacist Allan Bell, Nantucket Cottage Hospital is opening a new community pharmacy at 10 Vesper Lane this Monday, August 30. Located just across the street from the hospital, this new pharmacy will provide patients with greater convenience and continuity of care while sustaining an important […]
Kathleen A. Duncombe is known for her expertise in art and collections. An artist herself, she has taught and mentored many on Nantucket. This season she is bringing back a tradition of trunk shows to Old South Wharf, where she runs Made on Nantucket, a shop featuring paintings, prints, photography, […]
The results of the 2021 Nantucket Land Council and Linda Loring Nature Foundation BioBlitz are in and we’re sharing some highlights and interesting observations from this highly successful exploration of nature on Nantucket!
For those who didn’t read the earlier article (yesterdaysisland.com/take-the- 2021-bioblitz-challenge/), a BioBliz is basically a mad dash in a specified area to catalog as many species as possible. The 2021 NLC/LLNF BioBlitz sought to document the biodiversity of Nantucket during the month of July—a perfect month for a BioBlitz.
According to the great authority known as social media, the Nantucket population at the onset of August was somewhere between 90,000 and 100,000 people. I cannot imagine that our island can hold that many people!
If you try finding a parking spot, a restaurant reservation, or a babysitter, you know that those numbers might be accurate. Reports of water use, electricity use, and empty shelves at the grocery store all point to lots and lots of people on the island.