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Category Archives: Natural History
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
Shorebirds- Migration in Motion
by Elizabeth C. Buck It may seem like August has just arrived, and there is still plenty of summertime to be enjoyed by all, but our shorebirds are already thinking about fall migration. Nantucket is home to many nesting shorebirds … Continue reading
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
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
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
Posted in Botany, Native Plants, Natural History, Trees, Uncategorized, Winter Tagged Botany research, winter botany Leave a comment
Winter Natural History Mysteries
Now that it’s officially cold and blustery outside, it’s tempting to stay indoors all the time and wait until spring to visit your favorite nature areas and beaches. But there’s always something to see on the trails, shores, and ponds around Nantucket. … Continue reading
Posted in Natural History, Nature Books, Nature Journaling, Winter Tagged Natural History, Nature Journaling, Winter World, Witches broom Leave a comment