Identify NE Species of Greatest Conservation Need Data Gaps, Design Data Collection Protocols, and Collect Data

Conservation genetics of the Wood Turtle from ME to VA

The Northeastern USA supports five species of Emydine turtle, more than any other region globally (Figure 1). This taxonomic group includes Blanding’s, Spotted, Eastern Box, Wood, and Bog Turtle, all of which exhibit late sexual maturity, small clutch size, extremely long reproductive lifespan, and a range of semi-terrestrial habitat preferences. These life history characteristics have rendered populations susceptible to decline associated with habitat loss and fragmentation.

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Assessing the Status of Land Snails in the Northeast Region

This project informs the important conservation needs and opportunities associated with 245 land snail species of the northeastern United States, many of which are listed as Species of Greatest Conservation Need or Data Deficient by many of the 14 State Fish and Wildlife Agencies. This project will fill gaps in state wildlife agency capacity and provide targeted, technical expertise to enhance state agencies’ abilities to conserve these species by collecting, organizing, and communicating information.

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Facilitate State SWAP Data Delivery and Population of RCN Regional Database

The goal of this project is to facilitate and support regional collaboration on shared priorities identified in state wildlife action plans by compiling key information from the remaining NEAFWA Wildlife Action Plans in a database with simple query and report functions. This effort will allow identification of regional patterns and priorities of species of greatest conservation need, habitats, threats and conservation actions.

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Regional SWAP Database Framework

In support of State Fish and Wildlife Agencies identifying regional priorities through access to 14 Northeast (NE) State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) data


The objectives of this project were to:  

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Distribution and Conservation Status of the Newly Described Species of Leopard Frog in the Coastal NE

The recent discovery of a cryptic species of leopard frog in the Northeast means that nine states (CT, DE, MA, MD, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA) may have to redefine their faunal checklists and/or lists of Species of Greatest Conservation Need.

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Developing a Coordinated Research Approach for Hellbender Conservation in the Northeast with benefits to Wild Mudpuppy Populations

Although the hellbender has been identified as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need by the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, there remain substantial data gaps in its distribution. The common mudpuppy shares a significant portion of its habitat with the hellbender, and has been identified as a Species of High Conservation Concern by the Northeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.

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