Research at LLNF

Research at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation focuses on studies the promote our mission to preserve, protect, and understand Nantucket's biologically diverse ecosystems. To that aim, our research program includes in-house studies on the island’s flora and fauna as well as support for the research of others who use the LLNF property as a “living laboratory”. We collaborate on innovative studies both on and off-island broadening our scientific reach.

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Snake diversity and potential threats

The Nantucket Snake Consortium (NSC) is a collaborative group that works to study the diversity of native snakes on Nantucket. NSC is also collecting preliminary data on the potential snake fungus found in many populations throughout New England.

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rare species monitoring

We monitor populations of rare and endangered species on a regular schedule throughout our property at LLNF. In some cases, we also protect plants from deer browse and other hazards. All occurrence information is reported to the Mass Natural Heritage Endangered Species Program.