Science & conservation stories

For the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Beyond the coin: Answers to your questions about Block Island National Wildlife Refuge, Conserving the Nature of the Northeast – The newest America the Beautiful quarter featuring Block Island National Wildlife Refuge provides a glimpse of the island’s many treasures: a historic lighthouse, scenic coastline, and one quirky wading bird.

The elfin has landed: How military aircraft helped a rare butterflyConserving the Nature of the Northeast –  In 2001, the New Hampshire Army National Guard undertook a major infrastructure project to accommodate new helicopters, and ended up making room for two imperiled species of butterflies as well.

A new reality for plovers on the Jersey shore, Conserving the Nature of the Northeast – In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, scientists found a promising sign for the future of coastal communities of people and wildlife in New Jersey.

For anglers in Lake Champlain Basin, salmon fishing is a science, Recreation Stories, In the decades-long effort to restore native Atlantic salmon populations to Lake Champlain, the support of those whose hobby requires tireless observation and patience has turned out to be invaluable.

A New American DreamNature’s Good Neighbors, After living in a refugee camp in Nepal for 18 years, Chuda Dhaurali found an opportunity to nurture his community and the land as the pilot goat farmer at Pine Island Farm in Vermont.

Search party, Open Spaces – In Maine, partners are using a regional stream-temperature database to look for sweet spots for Atlantic salmon and Eastern brook trout, species that depend on cold-water to survive.

Beyond the storm, Conserving the Nature of the Northeast –  New research is helping coastal resource managers look for the silver lining in tidal marshes that are threatened by sea-level rise.

Mission impossible: New app makes shorebird data collection easy and fun, Conserving the Nature of the Northeast – Right now in offices all along the eastern seaboard, shorebird technicians are hunched in front of computer monitors tapping numbers into spreadsheets. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Driven by instincts and a pickup truckConserving the Nature of the Northeast – This five-part series follows an Atlantic salmon on its journey upstream to spawn in a tributary of Lake Champlain driven by its instincts, and a pickup truck. Learn why this species disappeared from the lake in the 19th century, and how it is making a comeback today thanks to scientific collaboration in the basin.

Invasion of the Body Fluid Snatchers, Conserving the Nature of the Northeast – The sea lamprey control effort in the Lake Champlain basin has all the elements of classic science fiction — bodily transformation, bloodsucking parasites, an alien-like invasion, and of course, a bold mission to restore order to the system again.

Your Commute to Work: Does a River Run Through It?, Conserving the Nature of the Northeast – Ever considered how often you cross over moving water in the course of a day? In the Northeast alone, there are an estimated 210,000 bridges, culverts, and dams spanning 280,000 miles of river. That’s an average of one every 1.3 miles.

It’s Back to the Future for Loons in Massachusetts, Conserving the Nature of the Northeast – One of the leading authorities on loon conservation is spearheading a project to test out a new restoration approach that could help agencies like the US Fish and Wildlife Service respond more effectively to threats to this iconic yet vulnerable species.

Science in the Stream, Conserving the Nature of the Northeast – A new tool takes some of the guess work out of conservation by allowing users to establish and rank conservation priorities, predict how species like brook trout will fare under various management scenarios, and evaluate long-term benefits of restoration projects in the context of climate change.

The Spy Who Came in From the Marsh, Conserving the Nature of the Northeast – New sensors are gathering scientific intelligence on storms like Joaquin to help resource managers prepare for future impacts of climate change on coastal systems.

Some Like it Cold, Conserving the Nature of the Northeast – Which rivers and streams in the Northeast can continue to meet the needs of Eastern brook trout in the face of climate change? How a new model is helping decision makers identify prime habitat for cold-water dependent species based on predictions about future change.

Connecting Partners to Reconnect Streams in the Northeast, Conserving the Nature of the Northeast – Physical and logistical barriers to aquatic connectivity are coming down across the region, thanks to a growing network of partners sharing science and information.

Mapping the Future of Conservation, Conserving the Nature of the Northeast – A partnership of land trusts in Massachusetts is using a new data-driven map to direct their conservation efforts toward sites that are most likely to withstand climate change.

For ecoRI News

Technology reveals hidden New England heritage, ecoRI News – Researchers are using remote sensing to find clues about the impact of early settlement on the landscape.

Rising seas threaten Cape’s groundwater, ecoRI News – New study finds rising challenges at at the intersection between climate change and groundwater.

Food hubs: Heart of local food movement, ecoRI News – Food hubs are changing the conservation about local food to help reconcile supply and demand.

Forecast calls for more wind, ecoRI News – Scientists are trying to put a new spin on a fledgling type of wind energy.

Science Writer