Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK)


Below are our most recent NOROCK and USGS News items. If you are with the media, please contact Acting PIO Sarah Beldin at with any media or outreach requests.

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Date published: March 29, 2016

Study Shows Cold and Windy Nights Physically Drain Mangy Wolves

During winter, wolves infected with mange can suffer a substantial amount of heat loss compared to those without the disease, according to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey and its partners.

Date published: March 11, 2016

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Date published: October 30, 2015

Genetic Study Confirms Growth of Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Population

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Genetic data show the grizzly bear population in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem has grown since the 1980s with no loss in genetic diversity, according to a report by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team.

Date published: September 14, 2015

EarthWord: Crepuscular

The term crepuscular describes events relating to, resembling, or occurring during twilight, meaning morning and evening hours. An animal described as crepuscular is active during twilight.

Date published: August 8, 2015

Adaptive capacity of species - a fundamental component when assessing vulnerability to rapid climate change.

A new paper led by U.S. Geological Survey Ecologists Erik Beever (Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center) and Michelle Staudinger (Northeast Climate Science Center) addresses the importance of including adaptive capacity of species as a fundamental component when assessing vulnerability to rapid climate change.

Date published: May 12, 2015

Climate Change Threatens Native Trout Diversity

Scientists have discovered that the diversity of a threatened native trout species will likely decrease due to future climate change. 

Date published: April 15, 2015

April Showers may Bring May Flowers, but Winter Snow is Water in the Bank

The type of precipitation falling from the sky matters, especially for delicate mountain ecosystems.

Date published: March 23, 2015

Energy Development Promotes Presence of Non-Native Plant Species in the Williston Basin

The presence of non-native plant species is significantly greater adjacent to oil well pads than in non-developed areas of the Williston Basin, according to a first-of-its-kind U.S. Geological Survey study for this area.

Date published: December 4, 2014

Rare Insect Found Only in Glacier National Park Imperiled by Melting Glaciers

The persistence of an already rare aquatic insect, the western glacier stonefly, is being imperiled by the loss of glaciers and increased stream temperatures due to climate warming in mountain ecosystems, according to a new study released in Freshwater Science.

Date published: October 2, 2014

Bullfrog Invasion of the Yellowstone River

The American bullfrog has expanded its invasion of the Yellowstone River floodplain in Montana, according to a new study released in “Aquatic Invasions.”

Date published: May 25, 2014

Climate Change Accelerates Hybridization between Native and Invasive Species of Trout

Scientists have discovered that the rapid spread of hybridization between a native species and an invasive species of trout in the wild is strongly linked to changes in climate.

Date published: May 12, 2014

Partly Cloudy With a Chance of Birds, Bats, and Bugs

Migratory birds provide ecosystem benefits that include pest control, pollination of plants and serve as food sources for other wildlife.  They are also a source of recreation for millions of bird watchers and enthusiasts who provide food and design backyard habitats to attract a variety of species throughout the year.