Current Projects

The following Projects were supported by State Wildlife Grant Funding awarded through the Northeast Regional Conservation Needs (RCN) Program. Active Projects from the most recently funded year are shown below, but all Projects can be found using the Advanced Search.

RCN Topic: Design and Implement Conservation Strategies for NE Species of Greatest Conservation Need

Even before the widespread incidence and threats of White-nose syndrome (WNS) were known, human disturbance to bats while they hibernate has been a well-documented threat in the Northeast.  Many of the pre-WNS conservation efforts focused on better protection of critical winter habitat for bats, which can include caves, abandoned mines, sinkholes, aqueducts and other locations natural or man-made where bats overwinter.  Management actions can improve the structures for bats while preventing...

RCN Topic: Identify and Assess Threats to NE Species of Greatest Conservation Need

The timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) was historically widespread throughout eastern North America but now persist in four New England states in small, isolated populations. The goal of this study was 1) assess the population viability of New England timber rattlesnake populations, 2), describe the population genetics structure of timber rattlesnakes in New England and provide recommendations for genetic management and monitoring, and 3) develop a standardized protocol for...

RCN Topic: Design and Implement Conservation Strategies for NE Species of Greatest Conservation Need

Since 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has received numerous listing petitions for potentially imperiled species. More than 25% of the species on the complete list occur in at least one state of the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (NEAFWA). Many of these species have been included as Species of Greatest Conservation Need in one or more Wildlife Action Plans developed by NEAFWA state members.

 A preliminary evaluation by state fish and wildlife...

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

This study uses genetic data to identify genetic diversity across the study area (Maine to Virginia), to identify the number of populations in the study area and determine the success of genetic assignment of individuals to sites of origin. Tissue samples were collected as blood, tail tips, toenails and shell shavings or scutes from 1,895 Wood Turtles. Tissue samples were genotyped at 16 microsatellite markers for 1,244 individuals. Genetic data were analyzed for genetic diversity, genetic...

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

Land snails are an integral part of native habitats throughout the Northeast, playing important roles in cycling organic material and creating soil, moving energy and nutrients in food chains, and hosting major wildlife parasites. 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...

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

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.

​The purpose of the database tool is to capture, organize...