endangered species

New England Cottontail
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department says efforts to improve habitat for the endangered New England Cottontail seem to be working. 

Heidi Holman, a wildlife biologist with the department and leader of the cottontail restoration project, said five to 10 of the rabbits can be found through 11 acres of habitat around the Stonyfield Farm site in Londonderry. Only one or two had been documented in the area before work started to make space for young forest to grow at the site. 

Karner Blue Male
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A unique forest habitat in Concord that's home to the endangered Karner blue butterfly is getting a face-lift--and over $233,000 in funding --in an effort to increase the butterfly population.  The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service is getting the money to help maintain and restore the pine barrens, a mix of small trees, grassy areas and sandy soil, much of which has vanished nationwide to development.  The current population on the refuge is just over 1,500 butterflies. The goal is 3,000.

Sara Plourde

Consider the Giant Panda. Cute, fuzzy, and available for your 24/7 viewing pleasure on the National Zoo’s ‘Panda Cam’. It’s in the top five most popular species for conservation. But what about the endangered species that make your skin crawl, like the St. Lucia Racer Snake, or the Lord Howe Island Stick-Insect? Our guest is Christine Dell'Amore, environment writer and editor for National Geographic News. She asks the uncomfortable question of how do we decide which species to save as part of Nat Geo’s online series called “Last of the Last.”

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The Bicknell’s thrush is a migratory songbird that winters in the Caribbean but comes to northern New England to breed.

It's long been hard to find in the region – and conservationists say that’s becoming a big problem. In fact, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week it’s considering the Bicknell’s thrush for endangered species status.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Do environmentalists think the Endangered Species Act has been a success or failure with regard to protecting biodiversity in the U.S.?-- Ron McKnight, Trenton, NJ

While that very question has been a subject of debate already for decades, most environmental advocates are thankful such legislation is in place and proud of their government for upholding such high standards when it comes to preserving rare species of plants and animals.

A piping plover chick walking on the sand
Eva Powers / New Hampshire Fish and Game

Six pairs of piping plovers are nesting on the beaches of Hampton and Seabrook this summer. The birds are endangered in New Hampshire. For years, state Fish and Game officials have been trying to bring them back. This year, they’re roping off nesting areas and hiring volunteers to monitor the nests.

Brendan Clifford, a biological technician of the New Hampshire Fish and Game’s Wildlife Division, says the plovers have met with some obstacles.

Courtesy NOAA

It’s believed that the population of North Atlantic right whales off the New England coast is down to just 300-400.

The whales have been classified as endangered for decades, yet the remaining whales still face threats – including the often large threat of collisions with ships.

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping have developed an early warning system of sorts – through a smartphone app called WhaleAlert.