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honeysuckle | Nantucket, MA

Climbing Vines

by Dr. Sarah Treanor Bois Director of Research & Education at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation If you have read this column before, you know that I have a love-hate relationship with invasive plant species. I love to research and write about them and I hate to manage them. They …

Long Pond | Nantucket, MA

A Short Tale about Long Pond

by Dr. Sarah Treanor BoisDirector of Research & Education at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation According to Wampanoag tradition, Nantucket was formed when the giant Indian, Moshaup, dumped the sand out of his moccasins at the end of a long day. The sand from one moccasin became Martha’s Vineyard and …

Northern Harrier | Nantucket, MA

The Ghost Hawk

by Dr. Sarah Treanor BoisDirector of Research & Education at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation Years ago my husband and I eloped on a Nantucket Beach. We couldn’t decide exactly which spot to say our “I Do’s.” As we weighed the pros and cons of each location, a Northern Harrier …

beachcombing | Nantucket, MA

Nantucket Beachcombing

by Dr. Sarah Treanor BoisDirector of Research & Education at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation The recent hot July weather has made for some great beach going. Having a young child, I spend a lot of time on the north shore beaches, where the waves never get higher than five …

Snapping Turtle | Nantucket, MA

Ode to an Unloved or Overloved Species

by Dr. Sarah Treanor BoisDirector of Research & Education at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation I went out to Long Pond by First Bridge recently and came upon a family visiting the pond for the first time. A young girl of the family, maybe 6 years old, suddenly gasped with …

Apollo 11 | Nantucket, MA

Honoring the Moon Landing

This Saturday, July 20, 2019 is the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, and the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) is commemorating it with a variety of events and related exhibits. The MMA is kicking off the week of the Moon Landing with the Annual Red Tie Soirée …

Coastal Resiliency

by Dr. Sarah Treanor BoisDirector of Research & Education at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation Nantucket is a resilient community. Historically, we have weathered many storms and come back; the great fire of 1846, the end of the whaling industry, and countless hurricanes, a sewer main break. Predicted sea level …

Science Speaker | Nantucket, MA

Inspiring Our Island Community

by Catherine Macallister Maria Mitchell, famed female astronomer, naturalist, and educator once said “We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing.” Her …

Angler’s Paradise

Dr. Sarah Treanor Bois Director of Research & Education at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation On Nantucket, we are fortunate to have an amazing sport fishery suited to everyone from the newest anglers to seasoned “old salts.” Whether you’re interested in a good fight on the line or feel inspired …

maria mitchell | Nantucket, MA

The Fate of The Universe

by Catherine Macallister If you ever find yourself out on Surfside Beach on a clear night, look up and gaze at the star-filled sky. Above you in band that reaches across the night sky, you’ll see the Milky Way. Take a moment to be thankful to be in a place …