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October 22, 2020

100 Years of Service to Migratory Bird Conservation in North America

This year, the USGS is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of their Bird Banding Laboratory and a century of advancing avian conservation science. Banding is one of the oldest and most important techniques used for studying individual birds. John Tautin, former Chief of the Bird Banding Lab and co-author of Bird Banding in North America: The First Hundred Years, will join

Red-crowned cranes
March 18, 2020

Red-crowned cranes

Photo Contest Winner | March 2020 | Where We Work
Red-crowned cranes at USGS Wildlife Toxicology site visit to Kushiro Marsh, Japan

Eel climbing substrate
December 31, 2019

Eel climbing substrate

Left: Prototype ABS plastic eel climbing ramp under development and testing at CAFRL. New substrate design allows for passage of a wider size range of eels with less need for precise flow regulation. Right: juvenile eel climbing wetted ABS plastic substrate.

Release of radio-tagged silver phase American Eel
December 31, 2019

Release of radio-tagged silver phase American Eel

Radio-tagged silver phase American Eels being released for a CAFRL telemetry study of downstream passage of eels at hydroelectric dams on the Shetucket River, Connecticut.

Eel airlift bypass prototype
December 31, 2019

Eel airlift bypass prototype

Prototype design of an airlift developed at CAFL to transport downstream migrant eels through a bypass pipe and away from turbine intakes. The airlift design passes eels as well as a conventional siphon or gravity pipe.

Frozen wetland Orange, Massachusetts
December 31, 2019

Frozen wetland Orange, Massachusetts

Photo Contest Winner | Jan. 2020 | Honorable Mention
Frozen wetland Orange, Massachusetts

Eel electrosensitivity test apparatus
December 31, 2019

Eel electrosensitivity test apparatus

Apparatus used to test the sensitivity of eels to low-voltage pulsed DC electric fields. Knowledge of sensitivity of eels to electric fields enables development of behavioral barriers that use electricity to guide eels away from turbine intakes.

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December 17, 2019

Heriades leavitti, m, back, Dorchester Co, MD

A tiny be, this one found in the flat marshy landscape of Dorchester County, Maryland. There is a pair of the species Heriades leavitti and Heriades variolosa both appear to be essentially impossible to tell apart in the female form, but in the mail form there very clear differences underneath the abdomen. Sadly, this is often difficult to see without some extra work

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December 17, 2019

Megachile exilis, F, Talbot Co., MD, Side

Megachile exilis - Megs are most famous for being leaf cutters, but some are not (leaf cutters that is). M. exilis is not and instead makes its nest with reason (actually I meant to say "resin", but since "reason" makes for an interesting sentence, I am going to leave it in there because, after all, it is our lab's Flickr stream and not the Wall Street Journal for God's

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