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Loon Migration Underway, Prompted by Frigid Temperatures

Released: 11/20/2014 1:00:00 PM
As freezing air swept into the Upper Midwest this past week, juvenile common loons took a cue from the weather and began their migrations to the warm Gulf of Mexico.

"Teddy Bear" Unlikely to Go Extinct

Released: 11/19/2014 9:00:00 AM
The bear species nicknamed “teddy” more than a century ago that inspired the iconic stuffed toy still popular today will likely survive at least another century, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

USGS-NASA Award Recognizes Innovations in Earth Observation

Released: 11/18/2014 4:00:00 PM
A pioneer in mapping global land cover change and the team behind the United States’ most advanced land surface mapping satellite have both been honored with the 2014 William T. Pecora Award for achievement in Earth remote sensing.

Southern Beaufort Sea Polar Bear Population Declined in the 2000s

Released: 11/17/2014 12:00:00 PM
In a new polar bear study published today, scientists from the United States and Canada found that during the first decade of the 21st century, the number of polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea experienced a sharp decline of approximately 40 percent.

USGS Assesses Current Groundwater-Quality Conditions in the Williston Basin Oil Production Area

Released: 11/17/2014 10:00:00 AM
Energy development in the Williston Basin oil production area of Montana and North Dakota, which includes the Bakken and Three Forks Formations, has not affected shallow groundwater quality, according to a recently published study in the journal Groundwater.

Who Will Come to Your Bird Feeder in 2075?

Released: 11/5/2014 2:06:45 PM
The distribution of birds in the United States today will probably look very different in 60 years as a result of climate, land use and land cover changes.

National Water-Use at Lowest Levels since before 1970

Released: 11/5/2014 9:16:23 AM
Water use across the country reached its lowest recorded level in nearly 45 years. According to a new USGS report, about 355 billion gallons of water per day (Bgal/d) were withdrawn for use in the entire United States during 2010.

USGS and Canada Reach Confluence in Monitoring Streamflow

Released: 11/4/2014 7:56:00 AM
In a joint effort, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Water Survey of Canada (WSC) have produced the North America WaterWatch (NAWW), an online website that displays streamflow conditions throughout much of North America.

New Maine Maps Feature National Scenic Trails

Released: 10/27/2014 10:00:00 AM
Newly released US Topo maps for Maine now feature segments of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.).


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