• 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

All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory

Grasshopper captured on Boston Harbor Islands

A grasshopper volunteers to be counted on Boston Harbor Islands.

Volunteers Work With Scientists on a Very Ambitious Inventory
The Boston Harbor Islands Partnership and the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology are working on an inventory of the insect and other invertebrate species that inhabit the "micro-wilderness" of the islands. Scientists and naturalists are needed to assist in this All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI). Volunteer Citizen Scientists can help in the field or the lab to identify the myriad of species we are collecting.

If you are a scientist or naturalist interested finding out more about how you can help, contact us.

Did You Know?

Boston Light

Constructed in 1716, Boston Light on Little Brewster Island is the oldest lighthouse site in the country. British forces burned down the original lighthouse when they fled Boston in 1776. It was rebuilt in 1783 and is now open for visitors to Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. More...