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New York's Young Forest Initiative Making a Difference

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is doing big things for wildlife: The goal of the agency’s Young Forest Initiative, launched in 2016, is to manage forests on over 90 wildlife management areas (WMAs) across the state to create more than 12,000 acres of new young forest habitat.

Bobcats Back from the Brink

By Jesslyn Shields in howstuffworks

If you live in the United States, you might never see a bobcat in the wild, but that doesn't mean they're not there. In fact, just because you haven't seen one in your neighborhood yet, doesn't mean there's not a bobcat sighting in your future.

Two New NEC Science Papers Published

Two recently published scientific papers by wildlife biologist Amanda Cheeseman and her colleagues report on longterm studies carried out on New England cottontails in eastern New York State.

“Ugly Effect” Brings Balance to CT Woodland

By Julia Werth, in the Connecticut Examiner

LYME – With hardly any tall trees, the ground covered in grasses and sedges and a few large piles of brush in sight, it seems almost like something has gone wrong. As though something happened here that shouldn’t have. Gone are the rows upon rows of tall oaks and maples, the shade they provided and the quiet commonly associated with New England forests.

Fracking Causes Some Songbirds to Thrive While Others Decline

From phys.org news

A new paper in The Condor: Ornithological Applications, published by Oxford University Press, finds that some songbird species benefit from the spread of fracking infrastructure while others decrease in population.

Native Plants Come Back When Invasives are Removed

By Marcus Schneck, Pennlive

When invasive shrubs are removed from the forest, native plants can rebound more strongly than expected, according to research conducted at Penn State University.

Rabbits Released on Small Island Near Martha’s Vineyard

By Ethan Genter, Cape Cod Times

For decades the federal government dropped bombs on Nomans Land. These days, it is dropping off something a little fluffier on the small island off the coast of Aquinnah: bunnies.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials ferried 13 New England cottontails through Vineyard Sound and released them on the 628-acre island wildlife refuge, which was once a naval bombing site.

Trail Cameras Capture Secret Lives of Animals

Amanda Cheeseman, a postdoctoral associate with the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, studies New England and eastern cottontails in the Lower Hudson Valley. She developed a program called Canid Camera that enlists citizen scientists to help identify animals whose photos have been captured on trail cameras. The aim is to quantify wildlife diversity in different types of forests, particularly young forests where New England cottontails are found.

Controlled Burns Planned on Cape Cod

By Tanner Stening, Cape Cod Times

MASHPEE, MA — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Northeast Regional Fire program, in collaboration with other agencies, will conduct a series of controlled burns this spring on the Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge and on property at the Falmouth Rod and Gun Club.

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