Ecological Consulting
Habitat Restoration
Native Plant Nursery

Wetland Delineations

The scientist at Aqua-niche have completed hundreds of wetland delineations throughout the mid-Atlantic region on projects of all sizes from a few acres up to over 300 acres.  Our scientists hold masters degrees in Biology and have taken many advanced courses specific to botany, wetlands, and ecosystem science.  This academic training combined with years of experience allows us to accurately determine the boundaries of wetland communities and offer sound advice on how to minimize project impacts without compromising project goals.  We can work with your own surveying crew or if you would like us to have it surveyed we can handle that as well. 

Aquatic Macro Invertebrate Surveys

Aquatic macro invertebrate studies are often used to determine and monitor water quality of a particular stream or entire watershed.  Aqua-niche has been providing this service to our clients for over 24 years.  One of our most noteable projects is an annual macro invertebrate study for one of our industrial clients that is currently in it's seventeenth year.  This is done to monitor water quality in the streams running through property owned by the client and ensure they are not being degraded by the activities on the site.  Aqua-niche has experience with many types of methodologies and metrics calculations that are neccessary to determine water quality.  Our staff has the capability to complete a macro invertebrate study from start to finish including determing the most appropriate sampling sites, collecting and analyzing field data, and submitting the report to the neccessary agencies.

Habitat Restoration Design

Aqua-niche has not only been designing habitat restoration projects for the past 24 years, building them as well. We are able to incorporate the knowledge we have gained from years of on the ground experience into our designs.  This combination of experience allows us to determine the best approach, foresee problems ahead of time and avoid them.  This approach always results in a successful project that accomplishes the ecological and client goals and remain on budget.  We are able to accomplish this for any type of habitat restoration project that may be needed including wetland mitigations, stream restorations, stream relocations, dam removals, shorline restorations, salt marsh restoration, and reforestation projects. Please click on the links for Habitat Restoration and Projects to learn more details and see photos of some of the projects we have designed and built.

Threatened and Endangered Species Evaluations

Aqua-niche has gained extensive experience performing threatened and endangered species surveys.  These projects require site and species specific methodology to develop the best approach to determining if appropriate habitat exists and how and when to look for a specific species. Aqua-niche has completed evaluations for over 50 different species of special concern.  The table below list the species that Aqua-niche has completed evaluations for.

Scientific NameCommon NameStatus
Accipiter cooperiiCooper's hawkNew Jersey State Endangered (S3/S4)
Alasmidonta heterodonDwarf wedge musselMaryland State Endangered(S1)
Federally Endangered
Highly Globally Rare (G1/G2)
Ambystoma lateraleBlue-spotted salamanderNew Jersey State Endangered (S1)
Ambystoma tigrinumEastern tiger salamanderNew Jersey State Endangered (S2)
Globally Vulnerable (G3)
Anemone canadensisCanada anemoneNew Jersey State Extirpated (SX)
Aplectrum hyemalePuttyrootPennsylvania State Rank Vulnerable
Pennsylvania State Status Rare (S3/PR)
Arabis hirsutaWestern hairy rock cressPennsylvania State Endangered (S1)
Buteo lineatusRed shouldered hawkNew Jersey State Endangered (S1/S3)
Calystegia spithamaeaErect bindweedNew Jersey State Endangered (S1)
Carex polymorphaVariable sedgePennsylvania State Endangered (S2)
Federal Status Under Review
Globally Vulnerable (G3)
Chasmanthium latifoliumSea oatsPennsylvania State Rank Critically Imperiled
Circus cyaneusNorthern harrierNew Jersey State Endangered
Cistothorous platensisSedge wrenNew Jersey State Endangered (S3)
Clemnys insculptaWood TurtleNew Jersey State Threatened (S3)
Clemnys muhlenbergiBog turtleNew Jersey State Threatened (S2)
Pennsylvania State Endangered (S2)
Federally Threatened
Globally Vulnerable (G3)
Ellisia nyctelea Water podPennsylvania State Threatened (S2)
Eupatorium godfreyanumGodfrey's ThoroughwortPennsylvania State Threatened (S1/S2/N)
Fimbristylis annuaAnnual FimbryPennsylvania State Rank Imperiled/Pennsylvania State Status Threatened (S2/PT)
Helonia bullataSwamp pinkMaryland State Endagered (A2)
Federally Threatened
Hyla andersoniPine Barrens tree frogNew Jersey State Threatened (S3)
Juncus biflorusGrass rushPennsylvania State Rank Imperiled (S2), State Status Tentatively Undetermined
Lonicera hirsutaHairy honeysucklePennsylvania Status Tentatively Undetermined
Lygodium palmatumHartford fernPennsylvanina State Rare (S3)
Muhlenbergia capillarisLong-awned smokegrassNew Jersey State Endangered
Nycticorax nycticoraxBlack-crowned night heronNew Jersey State Threatened
Nycticorax violaceaYellow-crowned night heronNew Jersey State Threatened
Paepaema Sp. 1Fly poison borer mothNo official status
Penstemon laevigatusSmooth beard tongueNew Jersey State Endangered
Phermeranthus (Talinum) teretifoliusRound Leaved Fame-FlowerPennsylvania State Rank Imperiled/Pennsylvania State Status Threatened (S2/PT)
Phlox pilosaDowny phloxNew Jersey State Historical (SH)
Phyciodes batesiiTawny crescentPennsylvania State Historical (SH)
Pituophis melanoleucusNorthern Pine SnakeNew Jersey State Threatened (S3)
Platanthera ciliarisYellow-fringed OrchidPennsylvania State Threatened (S2/TU)
Podilymbus podicepsPied-billed grebeNew Jersey State Endangered
Pycnanthemum torreiTorrey's mountain mintNew Jersey State Endangered (S1)
Globally Rare (G2)
Quercus shumardiiShumard's OakPennsylvania State Endangered (S1)
Ranunculus pusillusLow spearwortNew Jersey State Imperiled (S2)
Rotala ramosiorToothcupPennsylvania State Rare (S3)
Ruellia strepensLimestone petuniaPennsylvania State Rank Imperiled/Pennsylvania State Status Threatened (S2/PT)
Sanicula trifoliateLarge-fruited sanicleNew Jersey State Endangered (S1)
Scaphiopus holbtookiEastern spadefootPennsylvania State Threatened (S2S3)
Scirpus ancistrochaetusNortheastern bulrushPennsylvania State Endangered (S3)
Federally Endangered
Scutellaria serrataShowy skullcapPennsylvania State Extirpated (S1)
Senecia anonymusAppalachian groundselPennsylvania State Rank Imperiled/Pennsylvania State Status Rare (S2/PR)
Speyeria idaliaRegal fritillaryPennsylvania No Official Status
Federal Status under review
Globally Vulnerable (G3)
Strix variaBarred owlNew jersey State Threatened (S3)
Stylosanthes biflora Pencil flowerNew Jersey State Rare (S3)
Symphyotrichum (Aster) depauperatumSerpentine asterPennsylvania State Rank Imperiled/Pennsylvania State Status Threatened (S2/PT)
Synaptomys cooperiSouthern bog lemmingNew Jersey State Undetermined
Tipularia discolorCranefly orchidPennsylvania State Rare (S1)
Tomanthera auriculataEared false-foxglovePennsylvania State Endangered (S1)
Federal Status under review
Globally Threatened (G2)
Triosteum angustifoliumHorse gentianPennsylvania State undetermined
Ephmeral (Vernal) PondsAmphibian breeding groundsNew Jersey State Habitat of Concern
Pennsylvania State Habitat of Concern

Ornithological Studies

This is a specialized area of study that not all consulting companies are able to offer.  Identifying bird species requires years of study and practice.  In depth knowledge of habitat and life history are also required to do any type of work that directly involves bird species.  Our lead scientist and owner Steve Goodyear completed his masters work studying bird ecology and wrote his thesis paper titled " Breeding Ecology Of Six Species of Colonial Nesting Wading Birds On Walker Marsh, Accomack County, Virginia"  Mr. Goodyear has been studying birds professionaly and recreationally for over 31 years and has completed many bird studies including evaluations for threatened and endangered species of birds.  The Black Crowned Night Heron seen above is one the the species Mr. Goodyear has searched for and located during one of his bird studies in New Jersey.

Herpetological Studies

The conservation of amphibians and reptiles has become an area of increasing concern over the past years due to their declining numbers.  For this reason it is important herpetological studies be done by professionals with a good understanding of their ecology and habitat requirements. Our scientists are well trained in the identification of reptiles and amphibians and recongnizing their habitat.  An area of special concern regarding herps is vernal (ephemeral) pond conservation.  Aqua-niche has located dozens of ephemeral ponds during our studies and documented amphibian breeding in them so the neccessary steps are taken to avoid impacts to these declining habitat areas.  The photo above is a picture of a wood turtle that was photographed by an Aqua-niche scientist during one of our herpetological studies.

Vernal pond located by Aqua-niche scientist during one of our habitat evaluations

Salamanders identified and documented in the vernal pool shown above

Aqua-niche can offer expert service for any ecological consulting needs you may have, please feel free to contact us regarding any ecological work you may need from us.  The following is a partial list of other services we can provide.

  • Comprehensive Wildlife Inventories
  • Vegetation Inventories, Botanical Studies and Tree Surveys
  • Post Construction Monitoring
  • Permit Support and Environmental Assessments