U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region


Amanda holds a bat while mist-netting with the National Park Service. Photo courtesy of Amanda.

Welcome to Amanda Selnick, a new member of the endangered species crew in our West Virginia Field Office!  What is your professional background and experience with the Service? I graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2012 with a degree in ecology, behavior, and evolution. I knew that I wanted to be a wildlife biologist, but I had to start somewhere. My first job after college was at the Cabeza… Read More

Alicia Protus, recent grad from the State University of New York, has joined our New Jersey Office.

Dr. Bryan Watts from the Center for Conservation Biology prepares an artificial cavity to receive a red-cockaded woodpecker in 2015. These woodpeckers live in mature pine forests, where trees may be up to 100 years old. The birds nest and roost in tree cavities that they dig and maintain. Around the cavities, the birds peck holes that weep resin. The resin protects eggs and young against snakes and other predators. © Robert B. Clontz / The Nature Conservancy.

We’re in phase two of re-establishing a population of red-cockaded woodpeckers at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife refuge. Biologists are ready to see nesting, a hopeful sign for a new population.