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    • Several web cameras around the state allow an up close look at the Peregrine Falcon during its breeding season!

      Falcon Cameras

      Several web cameras around the state allow an up close look at the Peregrine Falcon during its breeding season!

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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 Amphibian Season Is Here!

      Amphibian breeding migrations, 2014 Year of the Salamander Campaign, educational resources, and more...Get involved!

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    • Landscape of Maple Hill WMA

      200,000 Acres Protected

      The Dept. of Fish and Game and MassWildlife celebrate a milestone in protecting critical habitat. Learn more about our protection efforts.

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    • NatureServe Wins McArthur Award!

      NatureServe Wins MacArthur Award!

      NatureServe recently received an award for organizational excellence from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  The NHESP is part of the network of 82 natural heritage programs that make up NatureServe.

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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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