Partnering to save endangered animals: Massachusetts
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A few decades ago, an uncontrolled wildfire roared through an area of pine barrens on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, burning 8 square miles down to the sandy soil.
Today, the communities and businesses of the town of Mashpee border these fire-prone barrens, as well as lands protected by federal, state and local agencies. Not only do thousands of people live here, but the rare New England cottontail has also found a home in the pitch pines and scrub oaks of the barrens. Read the rest of the story.
Here are some other stories featured on Massachusett’s page:
- New England cottontail: This native rabbit’s population has plummeted over the last several decades, and though it’s disappeared from 86 percent of its historical range, the rabbit can be found in southeast Maine.
- Atlantic Coast piping plover: Find out how human activities affect this dainty, sand-colored shorebird on both its breeding and wintering grounds.
- Sandplain gerardia: This plant’s decline was so complete that it was thought extinct in the state until rediscovered on Cape Cod in 1980.
- Plymouth red-bellied cooter: Also known as northern red-bellied cooters, these turtles live in and around cool, freshwater ponds within just one county in Massachusetts—Plymouth.
Also, check back later this morning for a blog post from one of the biologists whose work is protecting these animals in Massachusetts!