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Category Archives: Botany
Winter Botany: Marcescent Leaf Mysteries
If you happen to be wandering through Squam Swamp or Squam Farm as autumn gives way to winter, you may notice that while most of the trees have already shed their foliage, oaks (Quercus spp.) and American beech (Fagus grandifolia) … Continue reading
Posted in Botany, Forests, Natural History, Uncategorized, Winter Tagged American Beech, Marcescent Leaves, Oaks, Trees in Winter Leave a comment
Wildflowers Signal Shift to Autumn
As the weather begins to hint of September crispness, there are a couple of island wildflowers that signal the shift. You’ll know that change is in the air when swamp rose mallow and sea lavender reach their peak. Swamp mallow … Continue reading
It’s Blueberry Season!
By Karen C. Beattie Summer is in full swing here on Nantucket – the beaches are packed, the restaurants and shops in town are at their busiest and the bike paths are congested. If you are looking for an alternative … Continue reading
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What’s Ailing Nantucket’s Black Oaks?
By Kelly A. Omand If you spend a lot of time looking upwards in the forests of Nantucket, you may have observed something sinister occurring in the canopy of our black oak (Quercus velutina) trees. When first noticed several years … Continue reading
Posted in Botany, Field Season, Forests, Native Plants, Natural History, Research by Collaborators, Trees 1 Comment
Meet Our 2017 Seasonal Botany and Ecology Field Assistants!
Each summer, the Nantucket Conservation Foundation’s Science and Stewardship Department hires two seasonal Botany and Ecology Field Assistants to help us collect data on a variety of projects throughout the field season. This year, we are very lucky to have … Continue reading
Celebrating Local Color: Native Wildflowers at Work!
A recent NCF “Mornings for Members” walk at Windswept Bog (free to members of NCF with signup) highlighted some of our most beautiful native wildflowers. Natives are plants that arrived in a region without human help and in most cases … Continue reading
Broom crowberry – Nantucket’s first native flower of spring
The daffodils and crocuses may already be popping up around town in sunny spots but most of the native plants in Nantucket’s moors, grasslands and forests are still waiting for warmer and longer days to flower. Except for one! Hiding … Continue reading
Posted in Botany Tagged Barnard Valley Rd, Broom crowberry, Corema, Corema conradii, Nantucket, prescribed fire, Spring flowers Leave a comment
Botany Detectives: Exploring the Nantucket Flora in the Off-Season
Since arriving on Nantucket in January of 2008, I’ve found that the colder months offer some of the best opportunities to check out new places and get the lay of the land. With the summer tangle of scrub oak, grape and other greenery magically … Continue reading
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Botanizing on Nantucket
By: Katherine Culatta, Seasonal Botany/Ecology Field Assistant One of the most exciting things that can happen to a botanist is to stumble across an unfamiliar plant and puzzle over its identity, working though guide books, dichotomous keys, and consultations with … Continue reading
The Weed Wars: Nantucket Skirmishes with Invasive Plants
As spring finally warms up on Nantucket, you’ll begin to notice some of the shrubs greening up long before anything else. This is a good way to spot invasive non-native weeds in the landscape, such as Morrow’s bush honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii), autumn … Continue reading
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