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Celebrate Bat Week this October 

10/04/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Bat week starts 10/24 and is designed to raise awareness about the need for bat conservation and to celebrate the role of bats in nature. Learn about recent efforts by MassWildlife and volunteers to give bats a boost and learn how you can get involved.

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Eaglet dies from rodenticide poisoning 

8/11/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

​​​​​​​Officials from MassWildlife and wildlife veterinarians from Tufts Wildlife Clinic confirmed that in late July, a young bald eagle succumbed to second-generation anticoagulant rodenticide poisoning.

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15th Edition Natural Heritage Atlas released August 1 

7/27/2021 MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program

Maps contained in the atlas help protect animals and plants listed under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act

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Spadefoot success at Southwick WMA 

7/20/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Six years ago, MassWildlife launched an effort to establish a secure population of the state-threatened eastern spadefoot at Southwick WMA. MassWildlife confirmed this population successfully bred for the first time in July 2021.

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In search of the black racer snake 

6/30/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Little is known about the abundance and distribution of northern black racers in Massachusetts. An upcoming Massachusetts Wildlife magazine article follows a group on Martha’s Vineyard as they research these snakes.

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The mighty oak  

6/29/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Oak trees play a substantial role in the forest food web, but they are not regenerating as successfully as they once did. MassWildlife is trying to change that.

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Celebrate Endangered Species Day 

5/13/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Endangered Species Day will be observed on May 21. Celebrate by learning more about the peregrine falcon, the fastest bird in the world.

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Draft Priority Habitat Map of rare species available for public comment 

5/03/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program is accepting public comments on its next edition of the Natural Heritage Atlas. The public can comment on draft priority habitat maps for rare, state-listed plants and animals through 7/3.

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First bald eagle death in Massachusetts from rodenticides confirmed 

5/02/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

MassWildlife officials recently confirmed that a bald eagle has died from second-generation anticoagulant rodenticide (SGAR) poisoning. While documented elsewhere, this is the first confirmed case of an eagle dying from rodenticide poisoning in MA.

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MassWildlife launches new bat house initiative  

5/01/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

MassWildlife has launched a new initiative to install bat houses across the state. Learn about the 9 different species of bats found in Massachusetts, and what you can do to help support bat conservation.

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Why cutting trees isn't always a bad thing 

5/01/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

From a young age, we're taught planting trees is good for the environment, so alternatively, cutting down trees is bad—right? Well, it's not that simple. 

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Why did the turtle cross the road? 

4/26/2021 MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program

Whatever the reason, watch out for them!

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MassWildlife Celebrates Bat Appreciation Day  

4/14/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

MassWildlife has launched a new initiative to install bat houses across the state. Learn about the 9 different species of bats found in Massachusetts, and what you can do to help support bat conservation.

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Watch for amphibians on the road 

2/28/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

This spring, be mindful of amphibians as they emerge from their winter retreats and travel to breeding sites. Use caution while driving on rainy spring nights.

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Report species observations, vernal pools, and more with new Heritage Hub system 

2/22/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

MassWildlife’s Heritage Hub replaces VPRS and allows users to easily report observations.

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