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    • Release of the 14th Edition Natural Heritage Atlas, August 1, 2017

      The 14th Edition of the Natural Heritage Atlas is now available for viewing and download.

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    • Report Bat Colonies

      Due to catastrophic mortalities of bats, MassWildlife is requesting reports of summer bat colony locations. 

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    • Cicindela limbalis, Bank Tiger Beetle. Photo by Mike W. Nelson.

      MA Endangered Species Act List Revised

      Revisions to the MA Endangered Species Act list were published on March 10, 2017 resulting in 9 species being removed from the list, 8 with changes in status and 4 additions.

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    • Northern Long-eared Bat Locations in Massachusetts

      The NHESP has published a map delineating regulatory habitat in Massachusetts for the Northern Long-eared Bat, federally listed April 2, 2015.

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  • The Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP), part of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, is one of the programs forming the Natural Heritage network . NHESP is responsible for the conservation and protection of hundreds of species that are not hunted, fished, trapped, or commercially harvested in the state, as well as the protection of the natural communities that make up their habitats. The Program's highest priority is protecting the vertebrate and invertebrate animals and native plants that are officially listed as Endangered, Threatened or of Special Concern in Massachusetts.

    The overall goal of the Program is the protection of the state's wide range of native biological diversity. Progress towards this goal is accomplished through the following:

    • Biological Field Surveys & Research
    • Data Management
    • Endangered Species Regulation
    • Rare Species Recovery and Ecological Restoration of Key Habitats
    • Land Protection
    • Education

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