New England Field Office
Conserving the Nature of New England



Endangered Species Consultation
Recovery Activities

The ultimate goal of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is the recovery (and subsequent preservation) of endangered and threatened species and the ecosystems on which they depend. A variety of methods and procedures are used to recover listed species, such as protective management measures (fencing nests, propagating young, preserving seeds), habitat acquisition and restoration, monitoring individuals or populations and augmenting or introducing populations.

Generally a recovery plan is developed for each listed species. This plan includes a life history description, a discussion on the threats to the species, conservation strategies and goals for the recovery of the species. Targets are set that will, once met, signal that the threat of extinction for the species has been eliminated and that the species no longer needs federal protection. At this point, the species will be delisted (pdf size 5.4MB). A period of post-delisting monitoring ensures that the species is, indeed, doing well.

For additional information, visit our National Endangered Species Program web site.

Success Stories- These species that occur in our area have been delisted:
Peregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus anatum
Robbin’s Cinquefoil - Potentilla robbinsiana

Current Highlights

Fish and Wildlife Service, MassWildlife release proposal for long-term plover conservation and increased flexibility for recreation on Massachusetts beaches

Isle of Shoals - New Hampshire Audubon’s Article on the return of Roseate Terns to Seavey Island (pdf size 282KB)

Vermont Bald Eagle Restoration Website at CentralVermontPublicService and don’t forget to visit the Eagle-cam !!

Roger Williams Park Zoo’s webpage for the American burying beetle

New Hampshire Fish and Game Article Karner Blues   (pdf size 70KB)
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Last updated: September 11, 2009