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    • Jefferson Salamanders are known to emerge from their winter quarters and migrate to vernal pools even before the ice melts, as this individual from Lee, MA demonstrated on 16 April 2013.

      Spring is here! Report your observations online.

      Don't forget to submit vernal pool certification and rare species documentation electronically to the NHESP using the Vernal Pool & Rare Species Information System (VPRS).

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    • Save something on your taxes. Contribute to the endangered wildlife fund.

      Contribute on your state tax form

      Help save endangered wildlife. Please contribute on your MA Income Tax form to the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Fund. Look for line 32a. Endangered Wildlife Conservation.

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    • Prescribed fire at Southwick Wildlife Management Area

      Land Legacy & Key Sites: Protecting our Investment in Public Land

      MassWildlife is completing the largest habitat management effort the agency has ever undertaken.

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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. 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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