Recent News

Federal Government Takes New England Cottontail Off List of Species Considered for Protection

The Associated Press, Published 9/11/15 5:08 PM

DOVER, New Hampshire — Public and private conservation efforts have helped the New England cottontail rebound to the point where it can be taken off the list of species under consideration for protection, the federal government said Friday.

University of Arkansas Scientists Study Woodcock Migration

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Biologists are using a federal grant to continue tracking the migration of the familiar American woodcock, a bird that is slowly disappearing across eastern North America.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded nearly $50,000 to the U.S. Geological Survey Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, housed in the University of Arkansas Department of Biological Sciences, for a woodcock-monitoring project that began in 2013.

Songbird Projects Could Pay Off for Hunters in WV

By Chris Lawrence, West Virginia Metro News

FLATWOODS, W.Va. — Wildlife can be a very intricate web. The balance of an ecosystem is among the most perfect balances in all of nature. Therefore, it shouldn’t be shocking when a program which is designed to benefit the tiny cerulean warbler should be of utmost interest to guys trying to kill a wall hanger buck each fall.

Dances With Woodcock: Mating Ritual Predictable, Exciting

By John Holyoke, Bangor Daily News
(for photographs and video, visit the Bangor Daily News.

TOWNSHIP 32, MAINE — Brad Allen knows quite a bit about a lot of different birds. But thanks to the predictability of one of his favorite species — the American woodcock — the longtime wildlife biologist sometimes stuns unsuspecting spectators with what amounts to an outdoor parlor trick.

Hunters Petitition Forest Service to Expand Logging, Improve Habitat

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter

The Forest Service should allow more intensive logging in eastern and southern forests to create habitat for ruffed grouse and American woodcock, according to a legal petition announced Friday by the Ruffed Grouse Society.

5K Race Benefits New England Cottontails

Article appeared in Outdoor News Daily

CONCORD, N.H. – Participants in Stonyfield Farm’s 5K walk/run and free Earth Day Fair on Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Londonderry were helping bring a native rabbit back to New Hampshire’s landscape.

Biologist Interviewed by NPR

Ted Kendziora is a habitat biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s New England Field Office in Concord, New Hampshire. Through the Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, Ted visits private landowners across the range of the New England cottontail, evaluating habitat and suggesting ways that landowners can make their holdings more hospitable to New England’s native rabbit.

Major Grant Funds Wildlife Habitat Projects Across Northern Wisconsin

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), a conservation grant-maker created by the U.S. Congress, recently awarded $400,000 over two years for a project characterized as “Creating Early Successional Forest that Maximizes Forest Productivity for Wildlife.” The grant – which has attracted matching commitments of $920,432 from conservation partners – will be used to make much-needed young forest in Minnesota and Wisconsin, improving forest health and tree diversity while helping wildlife.

Farm Bill Funds Wildlife Habitat, Healthy Forests in Great Lakes States

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, announced in January 2015 that a robust grant program will pay for young forest habitat creation in the Great Lakes States starting this year and running through 2019. The project is part of a nationwide Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) funded through the 2014 Farm Bill.

Wisconsin Young Forest Partnership Launches

Seeing a steady decline of young forest habitats and associated wildlife species in Wisconsin over several decades, a group of county, state and federal agencies, non-profit conservation organizations and forestry companies have formed a partnership to enhance young forest habitat.