People have spread species from one geographic area to another throughout history, inadvertently as well as purposefully. Usually, this does not create a problem. However, there are a small percentage of species, that when removed from the insects, diseases, and competing species that control their numbers in their native area, become established, spread rapidly, displace native species, and may even change the way an ecosystem works.
These non-native "invasive"
species pose a severe threat to the native biodiversity the refuge was
established to protect. In response, refuge staff actively join with partners
to educate people about the issues, as well as work on control, and early
detection and rapid response projects.
Invasive species on Refuge-owned landsInvasive species activities in the greater Connecticut River watershed Volunteer to help control invasive
The refuge is working with partners to help restore endangered Puritan Tiger Beetles to their native habits in New England. The project is made possible with funds from the Cooperative Recovery Initiative. Read more about Puritan tiger beetles and our work in restoring their populations.
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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.