Food for Thought: Gardening with Native Nantucket Plants to Sustain Island Biodiversity with Kelly Omand

Kelly Omand, Nantucket Conservation Ecologist, explores the connection between native plants and a healthy island landscape, and offers an up-close look at how native insects and wildlife depend on a habitat filled with native wildflowers, shrubs and trees. She’ll also give us a sneak peek at the new native plant landscaping project at the NCF office.

Kelly Omand is an Ecologist and Botanist for the Science and Stewardship Department of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation. Her research interests include the Nantucket flora, forest ecology, restoration of native plant communities, invasive plant ecology and management, and island ecology. Kelly, a New Hampshire native, holds a Masters of Science from Antioch University New England, and Bachelors of Science from University of New Hampshire. She previously worked at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, and Acadia National Park, before joining the NCF staff in 2008.

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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