Martha's Vineyard Atlas of LifeResourcesBest Practices and Responsible Nature Study

Best Practices and Responsible Nature Study


Martha's Vineyard Atlas of Life: Suggested Best Practices for Observers

Responsible study and appreciation of nature means trying to produce high-quality data while minimizing the negative impacts on wildlife that your presence in the field can cause. “Best Practices for MVAL Participants” presents our thoughts on how to achieve these goals.

Species Listed Under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA)

Species protected under MESA require and are legally entitled to special protection. They should not be damaged, disturbed, or collected. Familiarize yourself with what species are listed under this act.

Ethical Study Methods for Wild Plants

Prepared by botanist Elizabeth Farnsworth for the New England Wildflower Society, this 2005 guide is essential reading for anyone interested in serious research on plants.