Northeast Region
Conserving the Nature of America
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Hurricane Sandy aerial tour 2014 over Forsythe Refuge. The salt marsh system is an important storm protection for the many coast communities along the New Jersey shore.
Hurricane Sandy aerial tour over Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. The salt marsh system is an important storm protection for the many coast communities along the New Jersey shore. Credit: Lia McLaughlin/USFWS

Blog series: Hurricane Sandy aerial tour

Follow Rick Bennett, Regional Scientist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region, as he flies with a team over some of the Atlantic Coast locations from New York to Virginia that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Each day, Bennett will be sharing observations of the sites and projects on the ground funded by the Department of the Interior through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, and how the Service is working to ensure the coastline and surrounding communities are #StrongAfterSandy.

Blog Series
More on Hurricane Sandy projects led by the Service

Piping plover
Piping plovers return to the Northeast in the spring to breed and raise their families over the summer. Credit: Kaiti Titherington/USFWS

Conserving piping plovers on the shores of Massachusetts

Thanks to the efforts of the states, municipalities, Audubon and other partners--and the help of beachgoers--we're wrapping up another breeding season for threatened piping plovers in the Northeast. Check out this video to see how some of our Massachusetts partners protect this rare shorebird. Due to their dedication and that of others, the plover population has come a long way since the shorebird was protected under the Endangered Species Act, from around 140 pairs when it was listed in 1986 to more than 650 pairs in 2013.

Learn more about piping plovers on the Atlantic Coast

Puritan tiger beetle
The 2,200 feet of eroding cliffs on the Girl Scout property provide the unique habitat needed by the beetle, a creature smaller than the tip of a fingernail yet a fierce predator in the insect world. Credit: Susi von Oettingen/USFWS

Service works with Girl Scouts and other partners to recover threatened beetle

The Girl Scout mission is to develop girls who “make the world a better place.” Did you know that includes a better world for bugs, too? With an easement providing permanent protection on a Girl Scout camp in the Chesapeake Bay area, Girl Scouts are giving the federally threatened Puritan tiger beetle a strong boost toward recovery. Funding for the easement was provided through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Recovery Grant Program and Maryland’s Program Open Space funds.

News release
Puritan tiger beetle video

Northern long-eared bat
Some populations of the northern long-eared bat in the Northeast have declined by 99 percent since symptoms of white-nose syndrome were first observed in the winter of 2006-2007. Credit: USFWS

Tune in to online information webcasts on the northern long-eared bat

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold three public information webcasts August 19-21 to provide information and answer questions about our proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Webcasts will be Tuesday, August 19, at 1 p.m. Eastern; Wednesday, August 20, at 4 p.m. Eastern; and Thursday, August 21, at 7 p.m. Eastern. People can join the 1-hour information sessions by calling a toll-free number and joining a web conference to view a presentation and participate in a facilitated question-and-answer session.

Meeting advisory
More on the northern long-eared bat

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Last updated: August 20, 2014