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We hope you visited us at the Harvard Museum of Natural History's Insect Planet Family Festival!

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News pictureWhat can pollinators tell us about climate change? We initiated a volunteer-based pilot bee monitoring project in the Boston Harbor Islands national park area...More

Long-lost beetle rediscovered after more than 100 years

A tiny ground beetle, Bembidion nigropiceum, not seen in North America since the late 1800s, has resurfaced on the Boston Harbor Islands...More

News & Archives: 2008



Long-lost beetle rediscovered after more than 100 years

A tiny ground beetle, Bembidion nigropiceum, not seen in North America since the late 1800s, has resurfaced on the Boston Harbor Islands. Researchers originally thought that the beetle, labeled only as being from "Massachusetts," was a species new to science. But it turns out that the species is native to gravel beaches in Europe, and so likely came to Massachusetts in the ballast of a ship—perhaps more than once—and populations have persisted out on the islands.

Read the full article in volume 61 of VES News: The Newsletter of the Vermont Entomological Society (see pages 7-8)

View a specimen in our database

ATBI products win American Graphic Design Awards!

October 1, 2008—We are proud to announce that both the PredatORPrey game cards and the associated "Bug off" t-shirt won awards in the packaging category of the prestigious 2008 American Graphic Design Awards. This award competition, presented by Graphic Design USA, has been in place for nearly 40 years and receives thousands of submissions each year.

From GD USA: "The deck is the outgrowth of an ambitious inventory being conducted by Harvard University and the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership to identify all species within the national park area — beginning with the "microwilderness," i.e., insects and other invertebrates. The cards...invite young and old to play a guessing and matching game, to marvel at the natural world, and to take an interest in the Islands. The primary challenge, says Caryl Hull of Hull Creative Group in Brookline MA, was to take a subject like insects... and create something that becomes a catalyst for curiosity, learning and action."

Thank you Hull Creative Group for your work on these projects!

 

Cheering students wearing the "Bug Off" t-shirt

Children playing PredatORPrey

Game cards side by side

Summer, 2008"Boston Harbor insect census: Looking to tiny creatures to tell the big story on the environment"

Gulf of Maine Times newspaperThe Boston Harbor Islands ATBI is featured in the Summer 2008 issue of the Gulf of Maine Times! Read the article by Lori Valigra online, or download the PDF. (each link opens in a new window)