Tag: Dr. Sarah Treanor Bois

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Orchids of Nantucket

Our native orchids are remarkable for their diversity and their adaptations. Almost all of our orchids are rare and confined to specialized habitats. For some of our native orchids, these specialized habitats have meant a rarity or potential extirpation from the island. There are some species, however, that are still locally common enough that you may be able to catch a glimpse of one of these special native plants.

Spotted Turtle | Nantucket, MA
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Spotted Turtles of Springtime

As the weather warms the island seems to spring to life. It’s not just the daffodils and birdsong. As you walk along the bike paths and travel on roads, some of our Nantucket turtles are on the move as well. Fresh out of hibernation, our smallest freshwater turtle, the Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) is moving about travelling to springtime feeding and breeding grounds…

honeysuckle | Nantucket, MA
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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 […]

Northern Harrier | Nantucket, MA
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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 […]

Snapping Turtle | Nantucket, MA
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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 […]

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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 […]

Clean Team | Nantucket, MA
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Stay Classy Not Trashy

Dr. Sarah Treanor Bois Director of Research & Education at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation Whether you are a year round resident, a seasonal homeowner, or a summer visitor renting for a week, Nantucket’s waste disposal system affects you. Did you know that the island used to get rid of […]

Whales | Nantucket, MA
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The Right Whale at the Wrong Time

Dr. Sarah Treanor Bois Director of Research & Education at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation Nantucket is steeped in the history of whaling. Even our school sports teams are The Whalers. We sometimes struggle with that history and how to represent that legacy today. The Nantucket Historical Association, in particular, […]