WILDLIFE

An American Robin is measured as part of federal research on urban wildlife in a backyard in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Federal researchers in western Massachusetts study ways to protect migrating fish, backyard birds and urban trees. The government shutdown is keeping them home and away from their research.

Aerial map of the Edward J. Dwyer conservation area in Easthampton, Mass., where three trees were tagged with racist and anti-Semitic graffiti in late December 2018.
Courtesy / The Pascommuck Conservation Trust

Bright orange racist and anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed on three trees sometime after Christmas can still be seen in the woods along the Manhan River in Easthampton, Massachusetts.

Bald Eagle Population In Massachusetts Is Rebounding

Dec 6, 2018
A bald eagle flies over Cranberry Pond in Sunderland, Massachusetts.
Bill Byrne / MassWildlife

The number of bald eagles nesting in Massachusetts appears to be steadily growing amid three decades of efforts to re-establish a natural population of the nation's animal here.

The Trump administration has approved a first step toward offshore oil and gas drilling on the Atlantic coast.

The National Marine Fisheries Service issued permits Friday for five private companies to conduct offshore seismic tests from New Jersey to Florida.

Nearly 60 percent of Connecticut is forest. But the state is also one of the most densely-populated in the country. And now, a new report says that provides unique opportunities for animals and people to co-exist.

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