NDW’s ecological conservation efforts

Though it’s the Navy’s smallest region, Naval District Washington has a robust roster of environmental initiatives. Wildlife biologists at NSF Dahlgren conduct Atlantic and Shortnose Sturgeon surveys, tagging the fish to track their movements in the Potomac River. Yearly bird surveys count Rufus red knots and great blue heron at NAS Patuxent River’s Bloodsworth Island Range. NSF Dahlgren, NSF Indian Head and NAS Pax are working together on a five-year survey of tricolored, little brown, Indiana, and northern long eared bats. Several facilities are creating pollinator habitats benefitting the rusty-patched bumble bee and the monarch butterfly. NDW bases also conduct bald eagle, spotted turtle and diamondback terrapin surveys. The Center for Conservation Biology from the College of William and Mary band eagles at Pax River (photo)to monitor the successes of the species on base and to know the impacts of eagles on the mission.

NDW’s ecological conservation efforts