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Category Archives: Biology and Ecosystems

Elwha River: Rebirth of a River

Written on September 9, 2011 at 9:47 am, by

USGS is monitoring and analyzing river fish, waters and sediment before and after the removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon Dams.

Hide and Seek

Written on August 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm, by

Secretive and rare stream-dwelling amphibians are difficult to find and study. Scientists at the US Geological Survey and University of Idaho have developed a way to detect free-floating DNA from amphibians in fast-moving stream water.

Contaminants in the Columbia River

Written on August 8, 2011 at 11:15 am, by

USGS scientists are working to characterize the contaminants and habitats for a number of aquatic species along the lower Columbia River.

Global Forests Absorb One-Third of Carbon Emissions Annually

Written on July 20, 2011 at 2:02 pm, by

Forests play a significant role in removing carbon from the atmosphere by absorbing one-third of carbon emissions annually. This is according to a new U.S. Forest Service study conducted in collaboration with USGS scientists.

Weather, Winds, and Waves

Written on March 28, 2011 at 8:10 am, by

As hurricane season starts, researchers are modeling potential changes to
coastal environments to identify communities vulnerable to extreme erosion during storms. Data collected before and after storm landfall are used to verify past forecasts and improve future predictions.

Investigating the Health of Coastal Alaska

Written on March 28, 2011 at 8:05 am, by

Follow the Pacific Nearshore Project as researchers from the USGS, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and other institutions sail Alaskan waters to study sea otters and investigate coastal health.

Celebrate American Wetlands Month and Wade into USGS Wetlands Research:

Written on March 28, 2011 at 8:00 am, by

It’s time to celebrate the essential role wetlands play in giving us food and water; sheltering us from storms, floods, and coastal erosion; providing habitat for birds, fish, and other wildlife; and cleaning and storing water.

The Science Behind the State of the Birds Report 2011

Written on March 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm, by

In a unique application of data, this year’s report provides the nation’s first assessment of birds on public lands and waters.

Bats: Nature’s free pest control

Written on March 26, 2011 at 12:21 pm, by

A new article explains the economic importance of insect-eating bats to U.S. agriculture and how white-nose syndrome and wind turbines threaten these valuable animals.

Oldest bird in North America survives tsunami

Written on March 10, 2011 at 7:00 am, by

On Midway Island, Wisdom, a 60-year-old albatross, and her chick made it through the tsunami that resulted from the magnitude 9.0 earthquake off of Japan on March 11.

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