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News Archive 2011

12/6/2011 Comments on the Draft Onondaga Lake Natural Resource Damage Assessment Plan Addendum plan (3.4 MB pdf) will be accepted until January 20, 2012 and should be sent to anne_secord@fws.gov. The linked document is a damage assessment plan addendum prepared by the Onondaga Lake Natural Resource Trustees. The document provides updates on the cleanup and injury investigation activities in and around Onondaga Lake and describes the Trustees' plans for future work.

10/18/11 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public comment on draft habitat conservation plan and environmental assessment for National Grid project:

National Grid Draft HCP News Release!

NEW: National Grid Draft HCP including Appendices B and H (pdf)

National Grid Federal Register Notice

NEW: National Grid HCP Draft Environmental Assessment

For more information on the Karner blue butterfly visit our website here.

7/13/11 NiSource Natural Gas Pipeline Federal Register Notice

Draft habitat conservation plan and environmental impact statement for NiSource natural gas pipeline project is available for public comment.
Comments will be received through October 11, 2011. More information can be found here.

5/23/11 American Eel Embryos 

American eels, Anguilla rostrata, do not reach full maturity until after they complete their migration to their spawning areas, in the Sargasso Sea.  In fact, the exact locations of the spawning areas are unknown and researchers have never seen or collected sexually mature adult American eels and eel larvae.  In addition, researchers have had limited success in raising eels in a laboratory setting until recently.  In 2007, researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth were able to mature adult American eels in the laboratory and get them to reproduce!  Now that researchers have been able to rear American eel larvae in the laboratory, we can begin to explore factors that may be impacting reproduction in this elusive species.  A NYFO/University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Environmental Contaminants Off-Refuge Investigation, “Reproductive effects of contaminants on artificially matured and fertilized American eels, Anguilla rostrata” is currently investigating the role of parentally transferred contaminants on embryo and early larval development. The photo below shows embryo development at 17 days. 

Eel Larvae

2/21/11 Stream Restoration Stabilizes Utility Pole and Helps Habitat

New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) contacted Carl Schwartz of the New York Field Office for technical assistance on a restoration project on Cayuga Inlet in the Town of Newfield, Tompkins County.  The project is on land owned by the Finger Lakes Land Trust.  Local stream instability had undermined one NYSEG power line pole and was threatening another along a 1,000-foot reach.  Rather than armoring the banks with riprap, potentially exacerbating the problem, Carl incorporated natural channel design principles to develop a restoration plan that would not only protect NYSEG’s poles but would also restore dimension, pattern, and profile through the reach and provide excellent fish habitat in this cold water stream. 

Biologist sharpening log with chain saw

2/1/11 New York State Wetlands Forum Call for papers! 2011 Annual Conference and Meeting, April 13 & 14, 2011. Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club, Lake Placid, New York

 

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11/1/11 Hudson River Trustees Release USGS Report on Organochlorine Contaminants The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees have released a data report, dated August 1, 2011, entitled "Organochlorine Contaminants in Tree Swallow Nestlings and in Adipose Tissue from Great Blue Heron Nestlings." This data report contains U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Final Report FY-00-31-05 dated November 30, 2000, corrected June 2011, entitled, "Chemical Contamination of Nestling Tree Swallows, Great Blue Herons, and Resident/Nesting Bald Eagles Along the Hudson River." This report addresses tree swallow and great blue heron samples collected from the Hudson River in 1998-1999 and analyzed by the U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Columbia Environmental Research Center in Columbia, Missouri. This work was conducted as part of the Hudson River Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). Natural resources of the Hudson River have been contaminated through past and ongoing discharges of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees -- New York State, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of the Interior -- are working cooperatively to conduct this NRDA to assess and restore those natural resources injured by PCBs. Please visit this website to read the data report.

10/5/11 New Ruling for Hellbenders

The final listing rule of Endangered Status for the Ozark Hellbender Salamander, and the final rule of Inclusion of the Hellbender, including the Eastern Hellbender and the Ozark Hellbender, in Appendix III of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is now posted on the FWS website. You can find more information here.

10/4/11 Elbow Creek Video on Partners for Fish and Wildlife Project

9/28/11 90-Day Finding on 404 Species

The Service is seeking to add a total of 404 species to the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants under a decision known as a 90-day finding. More information can be found here.

6/29/11 Long-eared bat and Eastern small-footed bat Federal Register Notice

The substantial 90-day finding on a petition to list the northern long-eared bat and eastern small-footed bat as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act was published in the Federal Register on June 29, 2011. The actual finding is now available on the Federal Register's online public inspection desk (pdf).

6/6/11 Golden Winged Warbler Federal Register Notice:

The 90-Day Findings for the golden-winged warbler has been published in the Federal Register. Please use the link below to view the Findings.

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-02/pdf/2011-13731.pdf

The Federal Register notice describes how you may submit information/data for the status review initiation. Information is requested by August 1, 2011.

Additional information on golden-winged warblers can be found at: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/MidwestBird/
birds_golden_winged_warbler.htm

3/2/11 New England Cottontail Landowner Outreach

Endangered Species Biologists, Noelle Rayman and Robyn Niver, participated in a New England Cottontail (NEC) Landowner Outreach meeting on March 2nd.  This meeting was developed and held by the New York NEC Working Group which includes biologists from the Service, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Our goal is to work with private landowners to restore and manage NEC habitat. We provided information on NEC biology and status, Endangered Species Act regulatory issues, and NRCS/FWS habitat restoration programs. This was the first landowner outreach effort conducted in New York for NEC to date and the meeting went quite well. 

Landowner viewing maps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/24/11 Karner Blue Butterfly Recovery Plan Update

The USFWS has updated the Karner Blue Buttterfly Recovery Plan (2003). The update involves the addition of the Michigan Oak Openning Potential Recovery Unit (PRU) in southeast Michigan. A KBB reintroduction project is underway at Petersburg State Game Area in this PRU.

More information is available here:
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/
insects/kbb/index.html

Please also see our karner blue butterfly site.

 

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10/24/11 Hudson River Trustees Release USGS Report (samples from 1995)

The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees have released a data report, dated August 1, 2011, entitled "Congener-Specific Analysis of Polychlorinated Biphenyl Residues in Tree Swallow Chicks, Eggs and Other Biota from the Hudson River." This data report contains U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Final Laboratory Report FY-97-30-01 dated November 25, 1996. This report addresses samples from tree swallows (eggs, pre-fledgling chicks and adults), wood ducks (eggs and adults) and mallard ducks (eggs and adults) collected from the Hudson River in 1995 and analyzed by the USGS, Biological Resources Division, Columbia Environmental Research Center in Columbia, Missouri. Insect samples were also collected and analyzed. This work was conducted as part of the Hudson River Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA).

Natural resources of the Hudson River have been contaminated through past and ongoing discharges of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees -- New York State, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of the Interior -- are working cooperatively to conduct this NRDA to assess and restore those natural resources injured by PCBs.

Please visit this website to read the report:

Other documents for the Hudson River NRDA are also available at that web site.

9/19/11 Hudson River Trustees Release Report for PCB Dosing Solutions for Avian Egg Injection Studies

The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees announce the release of the document, "Preparation of Individual and Custom PCB Mixture Dosing Solutions for Avian Egg Injection Studies Associated with Injury Determinations under the Hudson River NRDA." This report addresses the preparation by the USGS of dosing solutions used in the Trustees’ avian egg injection studies in years subsequent to 2006, including dosing solutions of PCB 77, PCB 126, the spotted sandpiper PCB mixture, and the tree swallow PCB mixture.

Past and continuing discharges of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have contaminated the natural resources of the Hudson River. The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees -- New York State, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of the Interior -- are conducting a natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) to assess and restore those natural resources injured by PCBs. As part of the Hudson River NRDA, the Trustees are conducting an avian egg injection study. This report provides the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report on the preparation of dosing solutions used in the Trustees' avian egg injection studies as noted above.

Please visit the following website for a copy of the dosing solution report: http://www.fws.gov/contaminants/restorationplans/HudsonRiver

7/5/11 Hi View Terrace Natural Resource Damage Settlement Restoration

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Region 5 Director has approved the Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Addendum for the Hi View Terrace Superfund Site. Pursuant to this document, the Preferred Alternative for the natural resource damage settlement for the Hi View Terrace site is the Oxbow Property Western Arm, West Seneca, New York. Through a Cooperative Agreement between the USFWS and the Town, funds (about $29,000) will be provided that will enable the Town to purchase the approximately 14 acre parcel that will be protected for conservation. See the Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Addendum (pdf).

Hi View Terrace Settlement Photo

3/3/11 New England Cottontail Pellet Survey 

Endangered Species Biologist, Noelle Rayman, assisted New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) State Wildlife Grants Biologist Paul Novak (NYSDEC Region 4) with collecting rabbit pellets in eastern New York in an attempt to determine the presence of the elusive New England Cottontail.  Currently, genetic analysis of the pellets is the only reliable way to determine the presence of New England Cottontail and its likely nemesis, the eastern cottontail.  Winter is the best time to do this work as pellets and rabbit tracks stand out in the snow better than on bare ground. 

Stands of multiflora rose

 

 

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