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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.



Trying to get rid of invasive plants on for your clients or on your own property? And want to dispose of them properly?!

The Invasive Plant Species Committee of NBI has worked with the Nantucket Environmental Park and the Department of Public Works to figure out a safe and easy way to get rid of these plants.


A special dumpster is now at the Town Landfill specifically for invasive plant species disposal. Look for the sign below or ask a Waste Options Employee!


Visit our Invasive Plant Species Commitee page for more information!



Thank you to everyone who participated in our Citizen Science Weekend.


Missed and want to learn more? Visit our Events Page


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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