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Jul 19, 2021

Doug Parsons talks history and the ecology of the Coskata-Coatue Haulover Wildlife Refuge on Nantucket Island with The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s first and Massachusetts’ largest preservation and conservation nonprofit, and the Nantucket Conservation Foundation.  This is the first of a two part series focusing on climate adaptation in the Refuge. Doug talks with experts, historians, donors and residents of Nantucket Island, hearing what makes this place so ecologically unique and important to the island. We also hear about some early steps to adapt the Refuge to climate change.

Topics covered:

  • What is the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge on Nantucket Island.
  • Learn about the partnership between the Trustees of Reservations and the Nantucket Conservation Foundation to manage the refuge.
  • Learn the history of the Refuge.
  • How the Refuge is utilized and valued by local residents and tourists to the island.
  • How climate change will impact the long-term viability of the Refuge.
  • What is the ecology of the Refuge and how it’s a critical coastal habitat for multiple species.
  • Get a sneak peak on how The Trustees and the Foundation are planning to help the refuge adapt to climate change.

Guests in this episode:

  • Cormac Collier, President of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation
  • Nathaniel Philbrick, Author and Winner of the National Book Award for In the Heart of the Sea and Nantucket resident.
  • Teal Sziklas-Colliton, Resident and member of the family that donated some of the original acreage of the Refuge to The Trustees.
  • Neil Foley, Interpretive Education Coordinator/Ecologist at the Nantucket Conservation Foundation.
  • Priscilla Bender, Resident of Nantucket Island and chair of the Property committee of the Trustees of Reservations.
  • Tom O’Shea, Managing Director, Resources and Planning, The Trustees of Reservations.

This episode was funded by The Trustees of Reservations and the Nantucket Conservation Foundation through an anonymous donor.

Photo credits:  Above Summit

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