Protecting endangered species on wildlife refuges
National wildlife refuges protect important land for wildlife. They restore and enhance habitat, and they engage visitors in the Service’s conservation mission.
During National Wildlife Refuge Week in October, we focused a series on how national wildlife refuges help recover threatened and endangered species and how they help accomplish the mission.
Here’s what you should check out:
- An introduction from Scott Kahan, northeast chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
- Refuge tracking surveys show evidence of Canada lynx in Vermont: Hear from Rachel Cliche, a wildlife biologist at the Nulhegan Basin Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, about winter tracking surveys to document the presence of Canada lynx in Vermont.
- Linking red knots from Monomoy to Cuba and beyond: Hear from Stephanie Koch, a refuge wildlife biologist, and Susi vonOettingen, an endangered species biologist, about red knot banding and the data collection that is critical to the recovery of this species.
- Acting, naturally: Hear from D’Andre Brown on his experience at the Service’s Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts, where he helped survey terns, band bats and monitor piping plover recovery.
- Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge joins partners to help breed rabbits: Hear how we’re working with partners to breed and grow rare rabbits in captivity.
- Bombay Hook Refuge celebrates 75 years of conservation: Hear why this is a hotspot for migratory birds and birdwatchers.
Now, get out to a wildlife refuge and experience it for yourself!