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Strategic Habitat Conservation

Supporting programs, tools, research and projects that integrate and apply the best available science and practices for conserving the nature of the Northeast.

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The Science Seminar Series provides FWS employees and partners with learning opportunities to keep pace with the changing nature of conservation science.

Conservation Science News and Updates is part of our agency's ongoing commitment to integrating and applying the best available science tools, information and practices toward common species and habitat goals at landscape scales.

Strategic Habitat Conservation is our approach for working with partners and the public to conserve large, connected natural systems – and the benefits they provide to people – at scales large enough to support self-sustaining fish, wildlife and plant populations.

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In the News

Dr. Richard Bennett. Credit: USFWS


White House recognizes U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scientist as 'Climate Change Champion'
September 8, 2016 - Dr. Richard Bennett, regional scientist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Northeast Region based in Hadley, Mass., has been named 2016 GreenGov Presidential Awards Climate Champion for his leadership in Hurricane Sandy recovery. Following the devastation left by the storm in 2012, Bennett led the Department of the Interior response team, overseeing $167 million in FWS project funding to help revitalize the Northeast and to protect it from future storms and sea-level rise. Bennett worked to launch more than 100 sustainability-focused projects, and led a team that developed performance metrics for climate resilience that are changing the way the federal government prepares for severe weather events.

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Appalachian communities often place value on
the unique sense of place that comes from living
in largely forested areas, but rapid urbanization,
energy development, and climate change can put
these values at risk.
Credit: Ralph Preston


Science Partners Launch “Ecosystem Benefits and Risks” Website
May 25, 2016 - The Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) and the U.S. Forest Service are releasing products from the first phase of an ongoing study assessing benefits of and risks to the region’s “ecosystem services” — natural assets valued by people, such as clean drinking water, outdoor recreation, forest products, and biological conservation.

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Nanotag tower. Credit: Pam Denmon
Caleb Spiegel using a spotting scope to identify and
count shorebirds from a distance.
Credit: Craig Watson


Plovers in paradise
March 10, 2016 - This winter, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Migratory Birds Division participated in the first ever comprehensive piping plover and shorebird census on the Turks and Caicos Islands, an island group located in the northern Caribbean just east of the Bahamas and Cuba. These efforts paid off, as scientists found more than 3,200 shorebirds of 17 species, including 96 piping plovers. Although 96 birds may not seem like very much, it is actually a significant number. Here’s why.

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Last updated: September 8, 2016