Dr. Norbert Psuty, Director  


US Fish & Wildlife Refuge Surveys

Seamless Network

As a part of the seamless network agreement...

Our team has developed protocols for our shoreline surveys for the National Park Service. The US Fish and Wildlife Service has chosen to adapt these protocols. We have been traveling to several refuges along the northeastern coast to help refuge managers gather shoreline data in order to develop the best management plan for the habitat.
Each refuge involved (see above map) started our monitoring program with 1-dimensional shoreline location surveys. A few have progressed to include 2-dimensional beach profile surveys. Watershed coordinator Andrea Spahn has been traveling to each refuge throughout the year to teach the protocol to the refuge staff and establish monuments within the refuges.

Click here for the shoreline monitoring protocol.


The following are some photos of the refuges that are adapting the protocol and our involvement in this:

Dr. Psuty and Andrea Spahn training Fish & Wildlife staff from refuges along the northeast coast for our shoreline monitoring protocol.
Wildlife Group
Cape May
National Wildlife Refuge, NJ
Cape May

Edwin B. Forsythe
National Wildlife Refuge, NJ

Note how the natural dunes which are in the FWS-managed lands are migrating inward while the heavily developed shoreline of Beach Haven is being depleted because it cannot move inward.


Prime Hook
National Wildlife Refuge, DE

Prime Hook Refuge

National Wildlife Refuge, VA

Chincoteague Dune

Eastern Shore of Virginia
National Wildlife Refuge, VA

Eastern Shore of VA
Parker River
National Wildlife Refuge, MA
Parker River
Rachel Carson
National Wildlife Refuge, ME
Rachel Carson



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Last Updated: 7 January 2015
Original pages by Lindsay Modugno, Jeff Pace, and Dan Lidor.