Rattling Support for the Eastern Massasauga
Three years of research, more than $60,000 in funding, and a lifetime of habitat manipulation is the secret to resurrecting a degraded swamp into basking habitat for a slithering resident of the Empire State. Read More
Restoring a Rare Fern in New York
New York is home to the largest population of American hart’s-tongue fern (Asplenium scolopendrium var. americanum) in the entire country. This rare plant was placed under the protection of the Endangered Species Act in … Read More
Big Partnerships Help Even the Smallest Creatures
A unique union formed between a utility company, a land preserve and two government agencies has created an impressive opportunity for conservation in New York. National Grid, an electric ... Read More
Featured Species in New York
At only about four inches long, the bog turtle is North America's smallest turtle. The northern population of bog turtles in known to range from New York and western Massachusetts south to Maryland.
Photo credit: USFWS
The Canada lynx is a medium-sized cat, similar to the bobcat. It has longer legs and very large well-furred paws, impressive adaptations for maneuvering through deep winter snow. While their name suggests otherwise, the historical and present North American range of the Canada lynx includes Alaska, Canada, and many of the other northern 48 states. More »
Photo credit: Michael Zahra
Great Lakes piping plover
The Great Lakes population of the piping plover was at a perilously low level. But intensive conservation efforts have seen the number of breeding pairs steadily climb from a low of 12 in 1983.
Great Lakes piping plover.
Photo credit: Gene Nieminen, USFWS
New England cottontail
The New England cottontail population has plummeted over the last several decades, disappearing from 86 percent of its historical range.
New England cottontail.
Photo credit: Pam Wells
Karner blue butterfly
The Karner blue is a small blue insects with a wingspan of about one inch. Habitat throughout the range of the Karner blue has been lost through human activity to suppress wildfire, cultivate forests and develop communities.
Karner blue butterfly.
Photo credit: Paul Labus, The Nature Conservancy, Indiana
Partnership Stories in New York
Chittenango ovate amber snail
The Chittenango ovate amber snail, an endangered species, is found only at the Chittenango Falls in Cazenovia, New York. Scientists have been working together for the past decade to protect and monitor the little invertebrate's population. More »
Found in New York
The Chittenango ovate amber snail (Succinea chittenangoensis) is only found in one place — Chittenango Falls State Park in Madison County, New York. The primary threats to the snail in its existing habitat are considered to be the small population size and limited distribution of the species and the negative interaction with an introduced snail, Succinea sp. B. for food and habitat.
Photo credit: Kirstin Breisch Russell
Seabeach amaranth (Amaranthus pumilus) is an annual plant found on the dunes of Atlantic Ocean beaches. It appears to need extensive areas of barrier island beaches and inlets, functioning in a relatively natural and dynamic manner. The most serious threats to the continued existence of Seabeach amaranth include the construction of beach stabilization structures, beach erosion and tidal inundation, beach grooming, herbivory by insects and feral animals and, in certain circumstances, by off-road vehicles.
Photo credit: Gene Nieminen, USFWS