There are more than 5,000 freshwater habitats in Massachusetts that support a myriad of species, including plants, fishes, amphibians, birds, mammals, and insects, including many species under threat.
As the climate changes, some species are growing more dependent on aquatic habitats and adjacent forests, making it more important than ever to protect waterways and their surrounding lands.
Kestrel Land Trust will hold a Wildlife in a Changing Climate: Protecting Freshwater Species Beyond Fish virtual presentation on January 26th from 6 to 7:30 pm.
Rebecca Quiñones will explain how MassWildlife has developed metrics based on species populations and habitat characteristics to assess aquatic biodiversity in Massachusetts. A particular focus is on species that depend on cold water, like brook trout, as well as others that need cool waters or are already imperiled, like freshwater mussels.
MassWildlife uses those metrics to identify, conserve, and restore these important freshwater areas around the region.
To register for this program, go to Wildlife in a Changing Climate: Protecting Freshwater Species Beyond Fish – Kestrel Land Trust (kestreltrust.org)