The Nantucket Biodiversity
Initiative (NBI) seeks to conserve the native biodiversity
of Nantucket through collaborative research, monitoring and
is a collaborative effort between many local, state and federal
conservation, science and research organizations.
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”.
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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
Pick up your FREE copy today
at any of the organization offices or download
this online version.
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
Thank you to all of our 2016 Grant
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