A Focus on Conserving Core Habitat

The Tuckernuck Land Trust preserves land and promotes stewardship and education in order to conserve Tuckernuck Island's rare natural communities and unique coastal ecology. The Island's rural and scenic landscapes include one of the Northeast's last remaining sandplain grassland communities where rare short-eared owls can still raise their young. Like the little cog in the wheel,Tuckernuck Island's natural systems contribute a rich mix to the region's coastal biodiversity.

Sparsely populated, Tuckernuck is a coastal island 25 miles south of Cape Cod. The Island's 860 acres support plant communities distinctive to the North Atlantic Region. It hosts several state-rare plant and animal species which thrive in the harsh maritime conditions. Along with its nearby sister-islands of Nantucket and Muskeget, and Martha's Vineyard a bit farther to the west, it forms a boundary that distinguishes Nantucket Sound from the Atlantic Ocean.

From a bird's-eye-view, Tuckernuck and its neighboring islands are like stepping stones along the coastal flyway. Sandy beaches, gnarled oak forests, and coastal sandplains provide respite and sources of food for neotropical songbirds weary from the their long-distance travel.

The natural dynamics of erosion and accretion along Tuckernuck Island's shoreline are the source of its miles of beach, ever-shifting shoals, and nearshore sandbars that are haulout points and rich feeding grounds for thousands of seals, sea ducks and shorebirds. The entire island of Tuckernuck has been identified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Core Habitat and is a critical component for protecting statewide biodiversity.

Annual Report 2015

Fall 2015 Newsletter


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The Tuckernuck Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
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