Recent News

New Habitat Guidelines for Six Species of Eastern Wildlife

The American marten, Bicknell’s thrush, Canada warbler, rusty blackbird, scarlet tanager and wood thrush – six beleaguered northeastern forest animals – should get a boost from a new series of publications explaining how best to create and manage habitat for them.

Grants Help MA Landowners Improve Habitat, Boost Recreation

By Joel Martinez and Tashanea Whitlow, WWLP

WARE, Mass. – Private landowners Brian and Martha Klassanos of Ware received a $26,750 grant to treat invasive plants, establish grassland habitat and improve shrublands on their Muddy Brook Valley property.

The couple told 22News they applied for the MassWildlife Habitat Management Grant in the fall, saying, “There is a lot of natural biodiversity here, and what we’re trying to do is make sure that is stays the way it’s supposed to . . . . We’ve got a lot of rare species and we just want to steward it the proper way.”

New Plans for Young Forests in New York

by H. Rose Schneider for the Altamont Enterprise

Prescribed burns are scheduled every year at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, once every 10 years for each habitat site. They promote the health of the preserve.

ALBANY COUNTY — It may seem counterintuitive, but the state Department of Environmental Conservation is looking to remove trees in various protected areas across New York State.

Devastating Wildfires Likely in Eastern Forests

By Jeff Mulhollem, Penn State News

The intense wildfires that swept through the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee in November 2016 were a tragic melding of the past and the future, according to a researcher at Penn State University.

Restoring a Natural Pine Barrens on Cape Cod

By Andrea Ray, Wareham Week

Not many people know what Cape Cod should look like, sighs Diane Lang. The Trustees of Reservations South Coast Superintendent remembers how, as a child, she knew that she’d reached the Cape: “All of the trees were really scrubby, so you could see everything.”

Newest National Wildlife Refuge Starts in NY’s Hudson Valley

By Allison Dunne, WAMC/Northeast Public Radio

Federal, state and local officials gathered Wednesday in Dutchess County to mark the establishment of the nation’s newest wildlife refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s first land acquisition for the six-state refuge is a 144-acre preserve donated by The Nature Conservancy.

Great Thicket Wildlife Refuge Gets Its Start in New York

Dover, NY – Federal, state and local officials gathered today in Dover, New York, to mark the establishment of the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s first land acquisition for the six-state refuge, the 144-acre Nellie Hill Preserve donated by The Nature Conservancy.

Volunteers Needed to Conduct Winter Rabbit Surveys in NH

DURHAM, NH – Looking for an intriguing way to spend time outdoors this winter? Wildlife biologists need help from citizen science volunteers to conduct surveys for eastern cottontail rabbits in southern New Hampshire.

Audubon Report Finds CT Birds Need Humans’ Help

By Angela Carella, Stamford Advocate

STAMFORD — Winter officially started last week, when people tend to take pity on birds and set up feeders to help them survive the biting cold.

Birds in the state could use an abundance of human compassion.

NRCS Adds New Target Species to Working Lands for Wildlife

The Working Lands for Wildlife program of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is adding dozens of new target species to its premier wildlife conservation effort that helps agricultural producers restore and protect habitat on privately owned farms, ranches and working forests.