Recent events

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

Recent explorations

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: 2010

August 7, 2010—Public collecting on Spectacle Island
June 2010—Daycare visit
April 24, 2010—Cambridge Science Festival

2010 Cambridge Science Festival logoJoin us and discover the microwilderness of the Boston Harbor Islands! Harvard University and the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership have joined forces to document every living thing on the 34 islands that make up the Boston Harbor Islands national park area. To start, we are focusing on BUGS and many of their spineless relatives. So far, we have identified almost 1400 species of local insects and other invertebrates, and many of them are on display: pinned bugs, bugs in plastic cubes to try and identify (win prizes!), posters of bugs, a card game of bugs (Bug Off!), recordings of bugs, and best of all, 3-D bugs! Come learn about the biodiversity you can find in your own back yard.

We will be at the Festival's free Science Carnival on:

Saturday, April 24, Noon-4pm
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway

There is a free shuttle from Harvard Square (Red Line)

April 2010—Bee monitoring project commences!

sign on the islands about the bee projectWhat can pollinators tell us about climate change? In late April, 2010 we initiated a volunteer-based pilot bee monitoring project in the park. Over the spring, summer, and fall we used 16 "bee bowl" transects on nine islands to capture bees and other pollinators. By establishing baseline data on bee diversity in the park (more than 150 species!) we can then monitor change in abundance and diversity over the next several decades. As climate conditions change over time, we can let the bees inform us about potential effects on plant pollination. More...