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Donations to the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative help support research into the unique biodiversity of Nantucket, Tuckernuck and Muskeget as well as our annual Biodiversity events.

Donations at all levels are highly appreciated. Please contact:

Andrew McKenna-Foster, Director of Natural Science, Maria Mitchell Association

Checks can be made out to: Maria Mitchell Assocation, Subject line: NBI Contribution

and mailed to:

Maria Mitchell Association
ATTN: Andrew Mckenna-Foster
4 Vestal St.
Nantucket, MA 02554


Henry Bancel "Bam" LaFarge Biodiversity Science Grant

A grant in memory of Bam LaFarge has been established with the intention to support research and exploration on Tuckernuck Island, a place dear to Bam's heart. If you are making a donation in Bam's name, please follow the instructions above and include a subject line:

NBI - Bam LaFarge

Mile-A-Minute Vine Alert!

A new weed has been detected on Nantucket, and we want to know if you've seen it!

Printable ID Card

Nantucket Chronicle: Mile-A-Minute Weed

If you think you see this weed - contact either of these IPSC reps:

Sarah Bois

Kelly Omand


NBI is working with the Nantucket DPW in a Cooperative Weed Management Project to control invasive species along Nantucket road sides and bike paths.


Visit our Invasive Species Committee website to learn more about this new initiative and to see a list of invasive species on Nantucket


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The Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative (NBI) seeks to conserve the native biodiversity of Nantucket through collaborative research, monitoring and education.

NBI is a collaborative effort between many local, state and federal conservation, science and research organizations.



Save the Date!

NBI's Citizen Science Weekend

Friday, June 10th – Sunday, June 12th


Join our Keynote Speaker Tobias Landberg and learn about the "Behavioral Ecology and Conservation of Snapping Turtles"

Friday, June 10th 6:30pm
Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall

Dr. Landberg is an integrative biologist at Arcadia University studying organisms at the intersection of ontogeny, ecology and evolution. His work on amphibian life history focuses on the ways development is affected by the environment and how developmental responses can evolve.

“Using National Geographic Society's crittercam Dr. Landberg and fellow researchers have studied snapping turtles in Connecticut for over 8 years. This remote imaging technology has allowed them a unique view into the lives of snapping turtles that had never been seen before. They use the footage that the turtles themselves film to analyze their diving and breathing behaviors as well as their interactions with other creatures in ponds and lakes that were previously inaccessible to researchers. In addition to the science of studying wild turtles, this collaborative effort with Mystic Aquarium and the Tributary Mill Conservancy, they have made education and outreach a priority. This has led to a collaboration with CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Together they are collecting data on toxins and pollutants in the turtles and using that to gain protection for this magnificent and fascinating creature”.


Landscaping with Native Plants on Nantucket

What should you plant in your garden?

The NBI is pleased to release a new brochure, Landscaping with Native Plants on Nantucket. The brochure was designed by the Invasive Plant Species Committee, a standing committee of the NBI, in order to provide the community with a comprehensive list of native species that can be used successfully in a landscaping or habitat restoration project. Why choose natives? Selecting natives will save water, save time, reduce pesticide and fertilizer use, enhance wildlife habitat, and protect Nantucket's distinctive landscape and fragile ecosystem.

Pick up your FREE copy today at any of the organization offices or download this online version.

NBI Research Grants

The Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative supports biodiversity related research on Nantucket, Tuckernuck, and Muskeget Islands through and annual Small Grants program. This program awards grants of $1,500 or less to researchers from all areas of the sciences. Funding is available for the purchase of research equipment, travel to the Islands for research, field supplies, sample processing, etc necessary to complete a specific research project.

Thank you to all of our 2016 Grant Applicants!


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