Exploring the Microwilderness
Museum of Comparative Zoology
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Delivered at 2008 Boston Harbor Islands Science Symposium.
The Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University and the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership are collaborating to conduct an All-Taxa biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) of Boston Harbor Islands. In its first phase, the project focuses on the "microwilderness" of the islands, namely, insects and other arthropods. This extremely diverse group of animals is easily sampled, yet often overlooked.
Primary objectives of the first phase of this ATBI are to:
Did You Know?
Worlds End was a proposed site for the United Nations Headquarters in 1945 and a nuclear power plant in 1965. Now part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, it includes 251 acres of undisturbed grasslands and over 4 miles of footpaths.