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Date published: July 2, 2018

Reptile Diversity and Abundance at the Idaho National Guard Orchard Combat Training Center and Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area

Forty years of snake and lizard surveys help scientists understand the consequences of invasive species, wildfires, and other environmental stressors in sagebrush ecosystems.

Date published: June 29, 2018

Assessing Portable Lead Analyzers for Wildlife Conservation

Lead exposure in wildlife is a widespread management and conservation concern. Low-cost, portable lead analyzers have improved access and cost-effectiveness of determining lead concentrations in animal blood samples, yet analytical bias and lack of quality-assurance–quality-control measures can confound results.

Date published: June 25, 2018

Trichomonosis in Golden Eagle Nestlings

Avian trichomonosis, caused by the protozoan Trichomonas gallinae, is an infectious disease affecting birds worldwide, and is usually fatal in nestling golden eagles.

Date published: June 25, 2018

Sampling Strategies for Monitoring Post-Disturbance Treatments on Rangelands

Methodological guidelines are needed to rapidly determine vegetation responses to wildfire and post-disturbance treatments, such as seeding and herbicide applications.

Date published: June 25, 2018

Thresholds and Hotspots for Shrub Restoration Following a Heterogeneous Megafire

Reestablishing perennial native shrubs is essential to short-term rehabilitation and long-term restoration of plant communities in the sagebrush ecosystem following wildfire.

Date published: June 22, 2018

Pollinator Use of Forbs in the Soda Fire Area

Pollinating insects are in serious decline across the United States, which not only impacts agricultural plants, but native plants as well.

Date published: June 18, 2018

Impacts of Altered Precipitation on a Desert Shrub Depends on Timing

Semi-arid shrub steppe occupies a vast geographic range with distinct seasonal patterns in precipitation.

Date published: June 18, 2018

Western Gray Squirrel Habitat and Fuel Management in the North Cascades

The state-threatened western gray squirrel occurs in the northern Cascade Range, Washington, where long-term fire suppression has increased risk of catastrophic wildfire.

Date published: June 18, 2018

Northwest Forest Plan Book Chapter: Northern Spotted Owl Habitat and Populations

Authors from the U.S. Forest Service and the USGS wrote a book chapter outlining how northern spotted owls shaped the Northwest Forest Plan.

Date published: June 18, 2018

Geographic Variation in Natal Dispersal of Northern Spotted Owls over 28 Years

USGS and U.S. Forest Service researchers analyzed northern spotted owl natal dispersal, or the distance from natal site to first breeding site, from 1985 – 2012 in Oregon and Washington to examine how barred owls affect northern spotted owls’ movement.

Date published: June 1, 2018

Lead Isotope Analysis of a Juvenile Bald Eagle

A male, 3-4 month old bald eagle was discovered in June, 2015 with a broken left wing and clinical signs of chronic lead toxicity.

Date published: June 1, 2018

Analysis of Surveys to Predict Eagle Interactions with Wind Energy Facilities

To minimize golden eagle fatalities in areas proposed for wind development, point count surveys are usually conducted to estimate bird use.