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North Atlantic LCC staff and partners to present new research and tools at NEAFWA conference

The annual Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Conference in Annapolis, Md., will feature several presentations by North Atlantic LCC staff and partners, including a hands-on workshop designed to introduce biological and GIS staff from state agencies to new information and tools.

The annual Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies conference brings together natural resource professionals in the fields of wildlife biology, fisheries and fisheries management, information and education, and law enforcement to share information and ideas.

This year's conference at the Westin in Annapolis, Md., from April 3rd to April 5th, will feature several presentation by North Atlantic LCC staff and partners on new research and tools developed to help advance conservation science in the region. Here is an overview of what's in store: 

Sunday, April 3

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Workshop: Applying Information & Tools from LCCs in the Northeast Region (advance registration required; free to attend)

This workshop is intended to be a hands-on introduction to information and tools developed by LCCs in the Northeast Region that are now available. It is intended for biological and GIS staff from state fish and wildlife agencies and NGOs who are interested in using this information to guide conservation decisions within their agencies and organizations. Knowledge of GIS is not required. Attendees will be asked to bring their laptops.

Monday, April 4

PRESENTATION SESSIONS & SYMPOSIA

1:00 - 1:20 p.m.

[W 2-1]  Evaluating Changes in Beach-nesting Bird Habitat as a Result of Superstorm Sandy
Brooke Maslo, Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Todd Pover, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey; Karen Leu, Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

3:40 - 4:00 p.m.

[W 2-7] Validating Predictions of Upland Game Bird Space Use in Multiple Management Contexts
Zachary. G. Loman, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology, University of Maine; Daniel Harrison, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology, University of Maine; Cynthia S. Loftin, U.S. Geological Survey, Maine Cooper

POSTER SESSION

5:30 - 7:00 pm

[Poster 29] Using S-ranks to Identify and Prioritize Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need 
Steve Fuller, North Atlantic LCC; Elizabeth Crisfield, Terwilliger Consulting, Inc; Cathy Hafner, Pennsylvania Game Commission; Karen Terwilliger, Terwilliger Consulting, Inc.

[Poster 32] Stream Connectivity Assessments on National Wildlife Refuges in Northeastern USA 
Rebecca Kern, Janith Taylor, Lia McLaughlin, Laura Eaton, William Crouch, William Thompson, Nathan Bush - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Erik Martin, The Nature Conservancy

Tuesday, April 5

PRESENTATION SESSIONS & SYMPOSIA

9:00 - 9:20 a.m.

[W 3-4] Identifying Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas (PARCAs) in the Northeastern United States
Cynthia Loftin, U.S. Geological Survey; William Sutton, Tennessee State University; Phillip deMaynadier, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; Kyle Barrett, Clemson University; Priya Nanjappa, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

10:20 - 10:40 a.m.

[W 3-6]  Learning from the Northeast State Wildlife Action Plan Revisions: Species and Habitats of Greatest Conservation Need and the Key Challenges They Face in the Next Decade
Karen Terwilliger and Elizabeth Crisfield; Terwilliger Consulting, Inc.

10:40 - 11:00 a.m. 

[F 2-7]  Assessing, Prioritizing and Designing Road-stream Crossings Using Fish Passage and Flood Mitigation Objectives in the Housatonic River Valley, Connecticut
Michael Jastremski, Housatonic Valley Association; Paul Woodworth, Princeton Hydro LLC; Emmanouil N. Anagnostou, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UCONN

1:20 - 1:40 p.m. 

[IE-21] Speaking for Science: Supporting Science Delivery by Sharing Partners' Conservation Stories
Bridget Macdonald, North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region

[S 4-2]  The North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative: Unifying Stream Crossing Assessments Across the Region
Erik Martin, The Nature Conservancy Eastern Division; Scott Jackson, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Jessica Levine, The Nature Conservancy Canada; Alex Abbott, Gulf of Maine Coastal Programs of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

1:40 - 2:00 p.m.

[S 4-3]  Road-stream Crossing Assessments in Maryland: Working with Multiple Agencies to Set Fish Passage Priorities
Chris Reily, Kari Bradberry, and Julie Devers - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

2:00 - 2:20 p.m.

[S 4-4]  What Happens When Roads and Streams Meet? Connecticut’s Progress in Trying to Answer That Question
Mindy M. Barnett, State of Connecticut, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, Inland Fisheries Division, Habitat Conservation and Enhancement Program

To view the full schedule of programming for NEAFWA: http://www.neafwa.org/schedule.html

To register for NEAFWA: http://www.neafwa.org/registration.html

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