Do you want to delve deeper into Nantucket’s natural world and learn more about the creatures, plants and habitats that make our island such a unique and fascinating place? If so, spend the first weekend of November 2017 with Nantucket’s conservation community and scientists researching wildlife, vegetation and ecosystems by attending the 2017 Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative Conference. Check out the conference events and speakers by following the link from the main page of the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative website and then if you decide to go, click the Registration button.
Keynote speaker Dr. Richard Primack of Boston University and author of “Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods ” kicks off the weekend on Nov. 3 with an early evening talk at the Nantucket Atheneum. All day at the Nantucket Hotel on Nov. 4, Nantucket and visiting scientists will report on their ongoing research topics including American oystercatchers, New England Chicory, Carrion beetles, Northern long-eared bats and salt marsh in relation to sea level rise among many other intriguing research projects. Cocktails and light bites follows at the end of Saturday’s events at the Nantucket Culinary Center. And then Nantucket Walkabout guide Peter Brace is guiding a wetlands and Middle Moors walk on Nov. 5 at 9 a.m.