Skip Navigation

Resource Management

YCC crew puling water chestnut - Maddie List/USFWS.

Invasive Species

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 lands
Invasive species activities in the greater Connecticut River watershed
Volunteer to help control invasive species 

Endangered Species Management

Puritan Tiger Beetle Population Restoration  
Full Body Tiger Beetle

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.  

Last Updated: Nov 29, 2016
Return to main navigation