• Lush vegetation on the top of Spectacle Island's North drumlin dominates the foreground. Boston's skyline can be seen in the distance.  The park's logo with tag line minutes away, worlds apart empashises the stark contrast between the city and islands.

    Boston Harbor Islands

    National Recreation Area Massachusetts

Island Research: On-Line Documents

The following Boston Harbor Islands research reports are available on the Web. Also see, "Park Planning: On-Line Documents."

 

Bell, R., M. Chandler, R. Buchsbaum, and C. Roman. December 2002. Inventory of Intertidal Habitats: Boston Harbor Islands, a national park area. Technical Report NPS/NERBOST/NRTR-2004/1. National Park Service. Boston, Massachusetts. [PDF, 9.02MB]

Flora, M.D. December 2002. Boston Harbor Islands – A National Park Area, Massachusetts, Water Scoping Report. Technical Report NPS/NRWRD/NRTR-2002/300. National Park Service. Denver, Colorado. [PDF, 954KB]

Himmelstoss, E., D. FitzGerald. Bluff evolution of coastal drumlins; Boston Harbor Islands, Massachusetts. Masters of Arts Thesis. Boston University. [PDF, 9.1MB]

Jacobson, B., J. Pederson. 2003. Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area 2002 Islands Biodiversity: Proceedings of a Seminar, May 30, 2002. MIT Sea Grant College Program Publication No 03-22. [PDF, 978KB]

Jacobson, B., C.T. Roman. 2008. Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area: Natural Resources Overview. Northeastern Naturalist. 12: Special Edition 3. [Abstracts]

Leung, Y., K. Meyer. May 2004. Research to Support Development of Resource Indicators and Standards for Visitor Experience and Resource Protection (VERP) Implementation in Boston Harbor Islands, a National Park Area. North Carolina State University. Cooperative Agreement 4000-7-9003 SA8. Raleigh, North Carolina. [PDF, 6.63MB]

Manning,R., M. Budruk. October, 2006. Research to Support Carrying Capacity Analysis at Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Technical Report NPS/NER/NRTR-2006/064. National Park Service. Boston, Massachusetts. [PDF, 844KB]

Tiner, R.W., J.Q. Swords, and H.C. Berquist. 2003. Wetlands of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wetlands Inventory Program, Hadley, Massachusetts. NWI technical report. [PDF, 1.02MB]

Trocki, C.L. N.W. Talancy, and P.W.C. Paton. August 2007. An Inventory of Amphibians, Reptiles, Nonvolant Mammals, and Select Bird Species on Islands in Boston Harbor. Technical Report NPS/NER/NRTR--2007/094. National Park Service. Boston, Massachusetts. [PDF, 933KB]

Trocki, C.L., P.W.C. Paton. October 2007. BostonHarborIslands Coastal Breeding Bird Monitoring: 2007 Field Season Summary. Natural Resources Report NPS/NER/NRR—2007/16. National Park Service. Boston, Massachusetts. [PDF, 747KB]

Trocki, C.L., April 2009. BostonHarborIslands Coastal Breeding Bird Monitoring: 2008 Field Season Summary.NPS/NETN/NRTR—2009/209. National Park Service. Boston, Massachusetts. [PDF, 752KB]

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Massachusetts Water Resource Authority on Deer Island has transformed the water quality surrounding Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. Once claimed to be one of the dirtiest harbors in America, the waters and shores are clean again. More...