Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK)
USGS scientist Todd Preston using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). USGS is actively exploring the use of small unmanned aerial system (aka drones) for scientific data collection and testing whether or not they are useful in monitoring wildlife. These systems have proven their utility in military reconnaissance missions and are now finding a second life in scientific...
Title: Snow and Avalanche Science - Highlights of applied avalanche research and forecasting
- Avalanches impact transportation corridors, with subsequent economic ramifications, including the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.
- Large magnitude avalanches affect the landscape creating new habitat for flora and fauna.
The responses of pikas and marmots to weather and snowpack dynamics have been species-specific.
In 2018, USGS and partners completed an incredible feat against a harmful aquatic invasive species when over 240,000 pounds of invasive Silver Carp and Bighead Carp were removed from Creve Coeur Lake in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
This image shows the perimeter of Rainbow Glacier in Glacier National Park: 1966, 1998, 2005, 2015.
Siyeh Glacier (upper – 2015 satellite photo, lower - 2005 aerial photo). The glacier margin is more clearly identified in the 2015 image because seasonal snow is persisting on the ice and rock debris atop the ice can be more clearly seen than in the heavily shaded 2005 image.
USGS scientist Sarah Fitzgerald holds a surf scoter that has been fitted with a satellite tag that works by transmitting the location of the birds to satellites that are orbiting the Earth. (Jonathan Fiely, USGS)
Image from a remote camera placed in a golden eagle nest in the Mojave Desert. The parent is feed the chick a snake.
Scientist participating in snowmobile training in Montana.