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A piping plover with chicks. Credit: USFWS

April 17, 2017 - This time of year, piping plovers are returning to beaches up and down the East Coast, preparing to lay eggs and raise chicks in their summer homes. But where have these shorebirds been all winter? Biologists are gradually gathering answers through shorebird surveys in the Caribbean.

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A piping plover with chicks.
Credit: USFWS


Infrastructure project at Great Dismal Swamp Refuge benefits wildlife and people

New half-moon water control structures like the one shown here will allow staff at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge to manage water levels to rehydrate peat soils and reduce flooding of nearby communities. Credit: USFWS

March 31, 2017 - Managers at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge are feeling anything but dreary about a nearly completed project designed to manage water levels at the northern end of the refuge. The $3.1-million undertaking was supported by federal funding for hurricane sandy recovery and will improve fire suppression, flood control, and habitat management abilities. This is good news for refuge staff and local communities alike.

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New half-moon water control structures like the one shown here will allow staff at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge to manage water levels to rehydrate peat soils and reduce flooding of nearby communities.
Credit: USFWS


Dam Removal on Shawsheen River Is Win-Win

Workers restore the riverbank after removing the Marland Place Dam on the Shawsheen River in Andover, Mass. Credit: Greensmith PR

March 15, 2017 - The recent removal of the Marland Place Dam on the Shawsheen River in Andover, Mass., has re-opened the waterway to fish migrating upstream and increased safety for people living downstream. The project was supported by federal funding for Hurricane Sandy recovery.

According to Service Biologist Bill Bennett, “Dam removal is a preventative measure that will improve safety as well as water quality and fish passage – it’s a win-win situation.”

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Workers restore the riverbank after removing the Marland Place Dam on the Shawsheen River in Andover, Mass.
Credit: Greensmith PR


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Last updated: April 24, 2017