Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center


Below are our most recent NOROCK and USGS News items. If you are with the media, please contact Todd Wojtowicz, communications biologist, at with any media or outreach requests.

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Date published: July 27, 2016

Videos Reveal Birds, Bats and Bugs near Solar Project Power Towers

Video surveillance is the most effective method for detecting animals flying around solar power towers, according to a study of various techniques by the U.S. Geological Survey and its partners at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System facility in southeastern California.

Date published: June 30, 2016

Bullfrog Genetics Confirm Source and Degree of Spread in Montana

Bozeman - A new U.S. Geological Survey study illustrates the usefulness of genetic approaches to track invasive bullfrog introductions. Results will inform management actions for identifying and controlling importation and secondary spread of invasive bullfrogs in Montana.  

Date published: June 24, 2016

For Nature, Gravel-Bed Rivers Most Important Feature in Mountainous Western North America

MISSOULA – Gravel-bed river floodplains are some of the most ecologically important habitats in North America, according to a new study by scientists from the U.S. and Canada. Their research shows how broad valleys coming out of glaciated mountains provide highly productive and important habitat for a large diversity of aquatic, avian and terrestrial species.

Date published: May 16, 2016

Study Shows Pathways of Disease Transmission Between Elk, Bison and Cattle in the Greater Yellowstone Area

The U.S. Geological Survey and its partners have shown how brucellosis has impacted cattle, bison and elk in the greater Yellowstone area.

Date published: April 28, 2016

Welcome to the New

Our transitional site includes the new and more than 180 top-level pages (Mission Areas, Programs, Regions, our three new Science Center websites, Products, Connect, About, etc.). We will migrate more USGS websites into this new experience; check back often to see our progress.

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

NOROCK is Hiring!

Do you want to be part of an innovative team of biological science professionals committed to providing reliable scientific information and understanding of ecosystems?  Scientists, field technicians, and science support staff at NOROCK work in some of the most beautiful places in the U.S. answering some of the most critical research questions in natural resource and environmental science.

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.