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FRESC Snake River Field Station

The scientists of the Snake River Field Station (SRFS) work throughout the western United States, particularly in the public lands of the Intermountain West, Great Basin, and Columbia Plateau. 

The SRFS is located on the campus of the USGS Idaho Water Science Center. The USGS maintains strong, cooperative ties with graduate programs on the Boise State University campus, as well as active and productive collaborations with many other partners, particularly the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Departments of Defense and Agriculture, states, other academic institutions, and conservation organizations. In recent years, SRFS’s science capability and research programs have expanded and diversified to meet the needs of resource managers throughout the western United States. Birds of prey are an important focus for historical reasons, but USGS scientists also conduct a wide variety of science which is particularly relevant to resource management and conservation of the Intermountain West. The field stations work addresses wildlife monitoring protocols; sage-grouse distribution, population trends, and habitat associations; rangeland ecology and restoration; invasive-species management; fire ecology; avian ecology; regional ecological assessments; ecosystem structure and function; effects of climate change on ecosystems, wildlife species, and habitats; alternative energy development and wildlife; and biological statistics.


Contact Information

Snake River Field Station
230 N. Collins Road, Building 4
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 541-750-1030