Tag: Maria Mitchell Association

Maria Mitchell Association | Nantucket, MA
Island Science

What Is This? – Wood Fern

The Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) biological collections’ oldest specimen is the Wood Fern (pictured above). Maria Louisa Owen, an expert in mosses and moss-like plants, collected this fern in 1879. This was during the height of “Pteridomania” – also known as the Victo- rian fern craze – which was sweeping […]

Astronaut Daniel Burbank visits Nantucket
Nantucket Events

Astronaut Daniel Burbank Visits Nantucket

NASA Astronaut Daniel Burbank will be a special guest at the Nantucket Red-Tie Soirée on Sunday, July 10 from 7 to 10 pm at the Sankaty Head Golf Club, a fundraiser for Maria Mitchell Association (MMA). Astronaut Burbank will speak with guests about NASA and his experiences living and working […]

Barn Owls, Nantucket, MA
Island Science

What Is This? – Barn Owls

~ by Katherine Brooks Maria Mitchell Association ~ Have you heard a piercing shriek in the night accompanied by a flurry of white light? Although it sounds like the making of a summercamp ghost story, what you might be observing is the barn owl – unique in its aesthetics with […]

Name that Tortoise | Maria Mitchell Association | Nantucket | MA
Island Science, Nantucket Events

Naming Contest Results Are In!

Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) has announced the winning names of their annual critter-naming contest. This year, participants went to bat to name a rare calico lobster and an African tortoise. From 149 choices, MMA’s staff selected the name Mze (pronounced M-zay) for their Bell’s hingeback tortoise. “Mze is a Swahili […]