CT_Maine

Threatened and Endangered Species

Maine

Maine

Home to a diverse mix of industrial forest lands, scenic coastal areas, and numerous lakes and rivers, Maine provides suitable habitat for a variety of wildlife species. WS routinely provides direct or technical assistance on managing conflicts with more than 50 wildlife species, including beavers, black bears, white-tailed deer, gulls, and ospreys. To support these efforts, WS conducts scientific research across the Nation to develop answers to new problems posed by wildlife and to ensure the program benefits from the latest science and technology. One of the top five research projects of interest to Maine is the recovery of threatened and endangered species following the removal of predators.

Species Group
Species Protected
Fed Status
State Status
Total Amount Expended
Fish SALMON, ATLANTIC
F/E
Bird PLOVER, PIPING
F/T
S/E
Bird TERN, LEAST
S/E
Mammal LYNX, CANADA
F/T
Total Species

4

F/E - Federal Endangered
F/T - Federal Threatened
S/E - State Endangered

Highlight

Maine WS, the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife are working together to protect nesting piping plovers and least terns from predation. In addition to predation, other factors such as loss of habitat, weather events, and human interference have left piping plover populations at historic lows in the State. Over the past two nesting seasons, WS has helped increase average piping plover reproductive success above the species recovery goal of 1.5 fledglings per pair on beaches where the program operated.

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