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Glyptemes insculpta

Wildlife biologists throughout the Northeast have expressed concern for the conservation status of wood turtles and have suggested that the species warrants federal listing consideration. More recently, wood turtles have been identified by the Northeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NEPARC) as a species of regional conservation concern, because it is listed in >75% of northeastern State Wildlife Action Plans....

State fisheries and wildlife agencies need a consistent habitat classification system to build current, digital habitat maps to effectively implement State Wildlife Action Plans that help protect wildlife and their habitats. In response to this growing need, the Northeast Terrestrial Wildlife Habitat Classification System (NETWHCS) was developed with financial support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through the...

Laterallus jamaicensis jamaicensis

The eastern Black Rail (Laterallus jamaicensis jamaicensis )is the most endangered bird in the Northeast region of the U.S. and along the Atlantic Coast.  Populations have declined by 85% in the Northeast since 1992 and have reached dangerously low levels.  Black Rails now breed in only a dozen or fewer locations per state within its breeding range.  It is unlikely that Black Rails will persist in the Northeast without timely and appropriate conservation actions.  Funds from this...

We will conduct the first Region-wide conservation assessment for an invertebrate taxon: the order Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies). Over 230 species occupy a wide range of forested lentic and lotic habitats in the northeast region and this project will follow a procedure similar to assessments already conducted in the northeast for certain vertebrate taxa (e.g., birds, reptiles and amphibians). It includes measures of regional responsibility, conservation concern, and vulnerability in...

Scolopax minor

This project enhanced the conservation status and increased awareness of shrubland habitat-dependent Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) in Northeast Region, with a focus on the Appalachian Mountains.   State Wildlife Action Plans in VA, MD, WV, PA and NY collectively identify 87 Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) that are dependent upon shrubland habitats in Bird Conservation Region 28 – Appalachian Mountains.  Within the 87 shrubland dependent SGCN, there are 40 birds,...

State fisheries and wildlife agencies need a consistent aquatic habitat classification system to build current digital habitat maps to effectively implement State Wildlife Action Plans that help protect wildlife and their habitats. In response to this growing need, the Northeast Aquatic Habitat Classification System (NEAHCS) was developed with financial support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through the...

The Regional Monitoring and Performance Reporting Framework is a collaborative effort of Northeastern states, federal land management agencies, non-governmental organizations and academics. The Framework was designed to help Northeastern states meet the monitoring and performance reporting requirements of State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs). Action Plans assess the condition of each state's wildlife, identify the problems they...

This project will evaluate and summarize the current condition of terrestrial and aquatic habitats across a region of thirteen states using region-wide habitat maps of streams (Northeastern Aquatic Habitat Classification System) and terrestrial ecosystems (...

This project, in collaboration with another RCN Project, Conservation Status of Fish, Wildlife and Natural Habitats in the Northeast Landscape, reported on the status of approximately 30 key indicators and measures specific to eight habitats and two regional species groups in the northeast.  The final report, provided below, will help the Northeast...

Sylvilagus transitionalis

This project developed new noninvasive tools for monitoring the status and effectiveness of conservation actions for the New England cottontail, a Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) in several  northeastern State Wildlife Action Plans. This project addresses RCN Priority 6: Development of Regional Indicators & Measures. Our specific objectives were to 1) conduct a systematic study of detection rates and factors that influence detection of New England cottontail occupancy in...

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