New York Field Office
Northeast Region

Welcome to the New York Field Office of Ecological Services website. We are located in Cortland, New York, including the Long Island Field Office located in Shirley, New York. The Ecological Services function of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for the conservation and restoration of fish and wildlife habitat, especially wetland habitat. Field office biologists investigate the effects of contaminants and the measures and costs of contaminant clean-up, help recover threatened and endangered species, review proposals for wetland alterations from construction, and recommend measures to enhance fish and wildlife resources in conjunction with the licensing of power facilities and other Federal projects such as shoreline protection, storm flooding, etc. Our work with private individuals, organizations, and other State and Federal agencies protects and enhances fish and wildlife habitat on private, State, and Federal lands. The Offices also provide public information about the value and benefits derived from the conservation and restoration of fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats.

Now introducing our 2012 Strategic Habitat Conservation Plan (7.4 Mb) to the public! This is a planbook of office events and goals for various focal areas in New York, each containing representative species that we are working to protect and/or enhance.

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White-Nose Syndrome In Bats

White-nose syndrome example

3/10/2014 Commencing Eel Behavioral Research The Eel Passage Research Center Technical Team met to review study proposals. The team tentatively selected a proposal to update the 2009 white paper on use of light to guide American eels and another proposal to test various behavioral cues (such as electricity, electromagnetic fields, sound and vibration, and velocity gradients) to determine their applicability to American eels. After some minor modifications, the Executive Team is expected to sign off on the proposals and EPRI will award the contracts so that work can commence in 2014. This is the culmination of 10 years of cooperation between the Service, NYSDEC, and our Canadian partners and utilities to address downstream eel passage issues on the St. Lawrence River.

Beauharnois Dam

Beauharnois Dam

10/31/13 Onondaga Potential Restoration Projects The Onondaga Lake Natural Resource Trustees have released a database of potential restoration projects in the watershed. We invite the public to take a look at restoration projects suggested by a range of organizations and individuals. Please go to our Onondaga Lake NRDA page.

Onondaga Lake

10/17/13 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes listing the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species:

3/26/13 Public, Environment to Benefit from $20.3 Million from Two Settlements for Natural Resource Damage in St. Lawrence River Area The federal government, the State of New York, and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe have announced a $19.4 million settlement with Alcoa Inc. and Reynolds Metals Company for injuries to natural resources, recreational fishing, and Mohawk culture resulting from the release of hazardous substances into the St. Lawrence River since at least the late 1950s. More information is available on this website.

Ship on the St. Lawrence River



4/4/2014 Proposal to Protect Red Knot Reopens for Comment While the rufa red knot population has been relatively stable for the last ten years, it is at a low level and vulnerable to the effects of climate change, as are many other migratory birds. Knot numbers have dropped by about 75 percent in key wintering and stopover areas since the 1980s, with the steepest declines occurring since 2000. Due to such population decline, the Service proposed listing the red knot as threatened under the Endangered Species Act on September 30, 2013.

The reopened comment period from April 4 through May 19 will provide an additional opportunity for the public to submit information on the knot and its habitat and to also provide a review of the Service’s analysis. This process is important so that any final decision made by the Service reflects all of the best science and information available. The Service expects to take final action on the listing rule by the end of September 2014. Read more at

red knot

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2/8/2014 Ithaca Children's Garden's Festival of Fire and Ice Outreach Coordinator Andrea Bruns assisted in planning for and producing media coverage at the Ithaca Children's Garden's second annual Festival of Fire and Ice. This event, designed to bring children outdoors during the winter, drew over 500 people to an afternoon of play in the snow-covered gardens.

S'mores around a fire

1/6/2014 Northern Long-Eared Bat News!! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released the Northern Long-Eared Bat (NLEB) Interim Conference and Planning Guidance available online at our NLEB website (last document on page).

10/17/13 Endangered status proposed for long-eared bat:






4/14/2014 North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative

Find out about what the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative has been doing.  They just released their 2013 highlights report:


The Service met with Brookfield Hydro and their consultants regarding design of New York's first natural channel fishway, part of the Eel Weir development (part of the Oswegatchie River Project). Species such as
American eel, lake sturgeon, walleye, muskellunge, northern pike, white sucker, and redhorses are expected to utilize this fishway for both upstream and downstream passage.

10/17/13 Service Proposes to List Red Knot as a Threatened Species Under the Endangered Species Act

6/11/13 Mattiace Petrochemical The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting comments on the Mattiace Petrochemical Superfund Site Draft Restoration and Environmental Assessment Addendum.  Comments should be sent to Anne Secord at by July 15, 2013. Comments may also be conveyed to Anne Secord by phone at (607) 753-9334.

1/22/13 Hudson River NRDA Update The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees released a report, "PCB Contamination of the Hudson River Ecosystem," showing that the Hudson River, for greater than 200 miles below Hudson Falls, New York, is extensively contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Surface waters, sediments, floodplain soils, fish, birds, wildlife, and other biota are all contaminated with PCBs. The report demonstrates decades of high levels of PCB contamination and likely adverse effects on living organisms exposed to the contamination in the Hudson River.  The report, and other information on the Hudson River NRDA, is available at:

6/13/13 Protecting New York's Thumb-sized Snail The Chittenango ovate amber snail is unique to New York State -- it can only be found one place in the world. Biologists call this snail "the Chit" and they're working to ensure its future at Chittenango Falls. Please see more information on this unique critter here.


2/14/13 Restoration using toe wood and log vanes on East Branch of AuSable and construction during August of 2011, with three flood events since:

Log vane on the AuSable

See the visual presentation (pdf). See more on the stream restoration page.

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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Last updated: April 15, 2014
All images by FWS unless otherwise noted.