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Service, North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative to lead collaborative study of beach habitat resilience

PHOTO: Piping plover and chicks at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.June 23, 2014 - The Department of the Interior has awarded a $1.75 million grant to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to lead a collaborative study into the effects of sea-level rise and increasingly frequent and severe storms on Atlantic Coast beach habitats. The project, facilitated by the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) and Northeast Climate Science Center (CSC) expands on an LCC-funded study of how piping plover breeding habitat will change as a result of sea-level rise and intense storms predicted with a changing climate. One part of the project already underway is the development and application of an iPhone app (iPlover) for plover stewards to use to record key attributes of plover nesting habitat on beaches throughout the Northeast region. Pilot efforts with this application are taking place on national wildlife refuges and national parks in 2014.

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PHOTO: Piping plover and chicks at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.
Credit: Kaiti Titherington/USFWS


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