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Red clover at Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Maddie List/USFWS

Changes at Walden Pond

Walden Pond has changed from the days when Henry David Thoreau documented the wildlife around him. Is climate change to blame?
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Cerulean warbler

Cerulean Warbler: The Coal Connection

While cerulean warblers are losing habitat in their wintering grounds, the threats in their breeding grounds are significant as well.  The areas with the highest densities and largest proportion of the breeding population of cerulean warblers are also the areas where mountaintop removal mining is used as the primary method for coal extraction.

Adult Canada lynx in the winter. Credit: USFWS

Canada Lynx and Climate Change

Rising temperatures and declining snow fall spell trouble for Canada lynx.

Bicknell's thrush. Credit: Steve Faccio, Vermont Center for Ecostudies

Shrinking Islands and Red Squirrel Population Explosion: Impact to Bicknell’s Thrush

Climate change is likely to alter population size and distribution patterns of migratory birds and other wildlife species, as they respond to environmental and related changes to their habitats.

View of Atlantic City, NJ from Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS

Biological Toolbox for Climate Change

The Service is developing tools to plan for and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Hemlock branch infested with woolly adelgid. Credit: Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station,

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Climate change invites invasive insect north.

People in beach chairs at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Chincoteague Alternative Transportation Study

Hail Cove. Credit: USFWS

Chesapeake Bay Restoration

Cerulean Warbler

Cerulean Warbler

The coffee we drink is intrinsically connected to the survival of a little blue songbird. The Cerulean Warbler winters in the forests of the northern Andes Mountains, many of which have been cleared for sun-grown coffee crops. The deforestation also contributes to global warming.

Sunset at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Sea level rise at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Rising sea levels threaten to reshape coastal habitats – swallowing coastlines, submerging marshlands, and radically altering habitats further inland. For coastal refuges like Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and its robust shorebird populations, sea level rise will produce dramatic changes to both the refuge’s landscape and management efforts to protect wildlife within its bounds.

Oak tree in plastic protection tube

The Power of planting trees

Nearly 5,000 tree seedlings have been planted at national wildlife refuges in New Jersey and Virginia as part of The Conservation Fund’s national Go Zero® carbon offset program.

Center at the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, Nulhegan Division. Photo courtesy of Oak Point Associates

“Green” buildings, a natural choice

As an environmental agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service strives to model the way for green government in our energy-efficient, environmentally sustainable buildings.

Chesapeake bay

Adapting to Climate Change in the Mid-Atlantic

Representatives from government agencies, academic institutions and conservation organizations participated in a conference in March to come to a common understanding about climate change issues in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

USET board of directors. Credit: USET

Working with Tribes to address climate change

The board of directors of the United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. recently passed a resolution in support of landscape conservation cooperatives.

A picture of a Northern Gannet, a white bird with a blue eye lid.

The State of the Birds: 2010 Report on Climate Change

Already under stress from habitat loss, invasive species and other threats, a new report shows that hundreds of kinds of migratory birds face further peril from a changing climate.
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Picture of kudzu, a green leafed invasive plant.

Invasive Plants Move North

If warming trends continue, invasive species like kudzu, known as "the vine that ate the South," will creep further north, harming native plants and animals.

Picture of Atlantic Salmon embryos.

Atlantic Salmon

A pictur of the bird Red Knot on the beach.

Red Knot

A picture of the mountains on the island of Hispaniola, the bird Bicknell's Thrush winter habitat.

Bicknell's Thrush

A picture of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge at dusk.

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

A picture of the Conte National Wildlife Refuge during the fall.

North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative Development and Operations Plan

A picture of the North Atlantic LCC Scoping Meeting attendees.

NALCC Scoping Meeting

In November 2009, in Hadley, Massachusetts, the USFWS held it's first scoping meeting with regional landscape conservation cooperative partners. Follow this link to watch several of our partners talk about the benefits of landscape conservation cooperatives.

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