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 great threat to the native biodiversity the refuge was established to protect. In response, refuge staff are very active in joining with other partners to educate the public and specific target audiences about the issue, as well as working on control projects and early detection and rapid response.
Invasive Species on Refuge LandsInvasive Species Activities in the Connecticut River Watershed Volunteer Opportunities Concerning Invasive Species
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.