As part of the natural resource inventory of refuge lands, refuge biologists, with the help of student interns and volunteers, collect data on the presence and abundance of invasive species. Then an assessment will ensue to determine which of those invasive species threaten the health of valuable wildlife habitat or other important resources. A plan is then developed that lays out a course of action. Invasive plant control work is already underway on several refuge properties.
Invasive species know no property boundaries. They impact all kinds of public and private lands and waters. To help address this situation, the Conte Refuge is involved in partnerships with many other agencies and organizations. Together, they work collaboratively to educate and engage citizens to take action, prioritize control activities control some of the watersheds most serious invaders.
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The Watershed on Wheels (WoW Express) is the mobile visitor center for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. In addition to attending local fairs and festivals throughout the Connecticut River watershed, the WoW Express has a free environmental education program tied to state and national science standards for 3rd-5th grades that focuses on watersheds, rivers, adaptations, and habitats.