Food for Thought: Coatue: “Land at the Pine Woods” with Neil Foley

Coatue: “Land at the Pine Woods”. The Past, Present, and Future of the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge.

With Neil Foley, Interpretive Education Coordinator & Ecologist at the Nantucket Conservation Foundation.

Protecting and sheltering the North side of Nantucket Harbor, the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge plays a key role in the ecological balance of Nantucket. Sharing his experience and perspective as the former Coatue Ranger for 6 summers, Neil Foley will tell us the story of Coatue from the geological, ecological, and historical scale. Learn how this iconic piece of the island has changed and formed over the years, the value it holds, and the future of the refuge when faced with rising seas.

Neil Foley is the Interpretive Education Coordinator & Ecologist at the Nantucket Conservation Foundation. Growing up in Upstate New York, Neil first arrived on the island in 2014 to serve as the Coatue Ranger & Shorebird Monitor for 6 seasons. Earning a BS in Environmental Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry (2012) and years of field ecology jobs helped Neil complete his Master thesis in Conservation Biology from Central Michigan University (2018) on the nesting ecology of Nantucket’s Double-crested Cormorants. His year-round work at NCF focuses on building community connections and engaging people of all ages around the fascinating natural and cultural history of the island.



The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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