Why are Species at Risk?
1. Narrow Niche – Highly Adapted
2. Restricted geographic range
3. Small populations
4. Low reproductive output; delayed
5. Dependence on other species for key
functions or portions of life history
6. Not tolerated by humans; overexploited
7. Require disturbance; intolerant of
Division of Fisheries
Admin & Realty
Foundation - Ocean
BS Wildlife Biology
Forestry Minor (UNH)
Pacific Forest Trust-
Earthwatch Institute -
Program Manager &
Crises Mgmt. Team
Habitat Protection Specialist
Deer & Moose Ecologist
Coastal Bird Biologist
Coldwater Fisheries Biologist
Recruitment & Retention
MA Endangered Species Act
Advisory to Other State
Fleet Manger (Boats, Cars,
Database Creation &
Federal Funding Coordinator
Any unattributed photos were taken by Bill Byrne, MassWildlife photographer or other MassWildlife staff or partners.
MA Endangered Species Act Mike Nelson, MADFW
Why are Species at Risk? Map: Northeast Blanding Turtle Working Group. http://www.blandingsturtle.org/ Lifecycle: US FWS.
Why are Species at Risk –
Fish kill: Dr. Vincent Haby, soil scientist with Texas A&M AgriLife Research. (Texas A&M AgriLife
Extension Service photo by Robert Burns), Flickr creative commons.
Top Center: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by Laura Bremer).
Flickr creative commons.
Bottom Center. Upper snake river. User = 3339 loggin. Flickr Creative Commons.
Ram’s Head LadySlipper Ram’s Head Lady Slipper. Robert Wernerehl, MassWildlife.
Fungus. Mark Brudrett 2008. https://mycorrhizas.info/
Halictid Bees. Photograph by Tim Lethbridge, University of Florida.
Deer Browse Background photo. “Support your Local Friendly Hunter” by Joan Ehrenfeld. Professor, Department
of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University.
Pre-Colonial to 1810s Native American Hunter: Georgia Studies Images. Ed Jackson.
Colonial Deer Hunt. “A boy hunting.” The State Historicial Society of Missouri.
Now-Massachusetts Deer in yard with mailbox. Flickr. User=slgckgc. “Deer in my neighbors yard” Creative Commons.
Deer with garden light. Flickr. User=GD Taber. “OS: Deer”. Creative Commons.
Presentation at Massachusetts Green Careers Conference on October 5, 2017