Recent News

Helping Rare Wildlife on a Retired Army Shooting Range

By Bridget Macdonald, in Conserving the Nature of the Northeast, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service North Atlantic-Appalachian Region blog

The Army National Guard aims to support rare species in retired shooting ranges and artillery practice zones at Camp Edwards on Cape Cod

Web-Based Storytelling Outlines NEC Conservation

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), a key partner in the initiative to restore the New England cottontail, recently produced an attractive ArcGIS storymap journal outlining conservationists’ efforts to help New England’s only native rabbit.

To view this lively and up-to-date outreach and communications product, click HERE.

Researchers Hope to Reveal Why Rare Cottontails Don’t Breed Like Rabbits

By Todd McLeish, URI Communications, in Westerly Sun

KINGSTON — While viewing hundreds of hours of infrared video footage of captive New England cottontails at Roger Williams Park Zoo, University of Rhode Island senior Hannah Petit watched for signs of breeding behavior.

CT Town Working to Conserve 224 Acres

By Joe Wojtas, The Day (New London, CT)

Stonington — The town of Stonington is partnering with the Trust for Public Land to purchase and preserve 224 acres of forest and farmland. The trust and the town have 12 months to raise the $1.1 million needed to acquire the three parcels, off Al Harvey Road, from trustee Katherine Anne Brewster-Duffy of Los Altos, Calif.

New Wildlife Refuge Unit in Maine

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acquired the first parcel of land in Maine for the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge with the purchase of a 48-acre property in South Berwick and Berwick.

Virus May Threaten Cottontails in Northeast

(The following is excerpted from ecoRI by Todd McLeish)

It hasn’t yet reached Rhode Island, but local scientists are on the lookout for a disease that rapidly kills wild and domestic rabbits before it wipes out the rarest rabbit in the Northeast, the New England cottontail.

Will Tropical Storm Isaias Help Wildlife?

Robert Miller in the New Haven Register

The morning of Tropical Storm Isaias, the sky turned witchy gray-green, “the way it looked in ‘The Wizard of Oz,’” said Jim Arigoni, conservation biologist at Deer Pond Farm, the nature sanctuary in Sherman owned by the Connecticut Audubon Society.

Grants to Benefit Fish and Wildlife in New England

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has announced $1.8 million in grants to restore and sustain healthy forests and rivers that provide habitat for diverse bird populations, as well as freshwater and diadromous fish populations, in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and portions of the Lake Champlain and Upper Hudson River watersheds in New York.

How Beavers Change Forests: New Understandings

From New York Almanack

Aside from humans, perhaps no other species can modify its surroundings for its own purposes as much as beaver.

Throughout much of North America, these busy critters take down trees and dam streams to create waterways safe from predators and to lay up enough woody food stores to last the winter.

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