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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. For mroe information, please contact:

Karen Beattie: current NBI Chair


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.



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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.



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.


We are currently accepting applications for research in 2017. Please visit our Grants page for the RFP and application instructions- application deadline is: March 15th 2017



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.



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Copies of the NBI brochure are available through participating members or here



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