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Welcome to the Fort Collins Science Center (FORT) located in Fort Collins, Colorado, just east of the Rocky Mountains. At FORT we develop and disseminate research-based information and tools needed to understand the nation’s biological resources in support of effective decision making.

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Users, Uses, and Value of Landsat Imagery

Users, Uses, and Value of Landsat Imagery

Landsat satellites provide high-quality, imagery of urban, rural, and remote lands for all areas of the world. The imagery is applied to a variety of research areas, such as climate change research, agriculture, and environmental management.

Landsat Imagery

Burmese Pythons Invade the Everglades

Burmese Pythons Invade the Everglades

The Florida Everglades encompass a vast subtropical ecosystem. Billions of dollars have been committed to the long-term restoration of this ecosystem, but burgeoning populations of introduced and invasive reptiles threaten prospects for restoration.

Invasives Species

Bat Fatalities at Wind Turbines

Bat Fatalities at Wind Turbines

Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, however, widespread deployment of wind turbines is having unprecedented adverse impacts on tree-roosting and migratory bat species.

Bats and Wind Energy

News

Date published: November 17, 2021

How Can Managers Respond to Changing Ecosystems? New BioScience Special Section Provides In-Depth Exposition of the Resist-Accept-Direct Framework

A new Special Section in the journal BioScience provides an in-depth exposition of the Resist-Accept-Direct framework, a new approach to guide natural resource decision making. Articles in the Special Section explore the practical application of the framework, compatibility of existing tools, social barriers and opportunities, and future science needs. 

Date published: November 2, 2021

The USGS One Health Approach to Wildlife Disease and Environmental Change

One Health is a collaborative approach – working at the local, regional, national, and global levels – with the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment.  USGS researchers conduct surveillance and research to support a One Health approach to respond to zoonotic diseases and environmental change.   ...

Date published: October 28, 2021

Scientists share expertise on Sage-grouse, Wild Horses, Technology, Reptiles at Wildlife Society Annual Conference

Scientists from the Fort Collins Science Center are sharing expertise on topics ranging from reptile reintroduction to animal monitoring technology at The Wildlife Society's 28th Annual Conference. 

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

Clutch may predict growth of hatchling Burmese pythons better than food availability or sex

Identifying which environmental and genetic factors affect growth pattern phenotypes can help biologists predict how organisms distribute finite energy resources in response to varying environmental conditions and physiological states. This information may be useful for monitoring and managing populations of cryptic, endangered, and invasive...

Josimovich, Jillian Maureen; Falk, Bryan G.; Grajal-Puche, Alejandro; Hanslowe, Emma B.; Bartoszek, Ian A.; Reed, Robert; Currylow, Andrea Faye

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Year Published: 2021

Challenges in updating habitat suitability models: An example with the lesser prairie-chicken

Habitat loss from land-use change is one of the top causes of declines in wildlife species of concern. As such, it is critical to assess and reassess habitat suitability as land cover and anthropogenic features change for both monitoring and developing current information to inform management decisions. However, there are obstacles that must be...

Jarnevich, Catherine S.; Belamaric, Pairsa Nicole; Fricke, Kent; Houts, Mike; Rossi, Liza; Beauprez, Grant M.; Cooper, Brett; Martin, Russell

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The effects of ENSO and the North American monsoon on mast seeding in two Rocky Mountain conifer species

We aimed to disentangle the patterns of synchronous and variable cone production (i.e. masting) and its relationship to climate in two conifer species native to dry forests of western North America. We used cone abscission scars to reconstruct ca 15 years of recent cone production in Pinus edulis and Pinus ponderosa, and...

Wion, Andreas; Pearse, Ian; Rodman, Kyle C; Veblen, Thomas T; Redmond, Miranda