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March 10, 2020

Importance of Cattails in Wetlands

Cattail (Typha) is an iconic emergent wetland plant found worldwide. By producing an abundance of wind-dispersed seeds, cattail can colonize wetlands across great distances, and its rapid growth rate, large size, and aggressive expansion results in dense stands in a variety of aquatic ecosystems such as marshes, ponds, lakes, and riparian areas. These dense stands impact

March 10, 2020

Importance of Cattails in Wetlands (Audio Described)

Cattail (Typha) is an iconic emergent wetland plant found worldwide. By producing an abundance of wind-dispersed seeds, cattail can colonize wetlands across great distances, and its rapid growth rate, large size, and aggressive expansion results in dense stands in a variety of aquatic ecosystems such as marshes, ponds, lakes, and riparian areas. These dense stands impact

Two USGS research technicians walk towards the Missouri River while surveying for piping plovers
July 24, 2019

USGS surveys for piping plovers

Two USGS research technicians walk across a sparsely vegetated sandbar towards the Missouri River while surveying for piping plovers. 

Four recently hatched piping plover chicks huddle in the nest bowl
June 26, 2019

Four recently hatched piping plover chicks huddle in the nest bowl

Four recently hatched piping plover chicks huddle in the nest bowl on the Garrison Reach of the Missouri River, North Dakota

Piping plover adult flying over Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota. 
June 8, 2017

Piping plover adult flying over Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota. 

Piping plover adult flying over Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota. 

A piping plover adult standing over a nest scrape with four eggs.
May 24, 2016

A piping plover adult standing over a nest scrape with four eggs

A piping plover adult standing over a nest scrape with four eggs. Photo was taken on the Garrison Reach of the Missouri River, North Dakota

Piping plover adult stand on a sandbar on the Garrison Reach of the Missouri River, North Dakota.
May 24, 2016

Piping plover adult stands on a sandbar

A piping plover adult stands on a sandbar on the Garrison Reach of the Missouri River, North Dakota. The yellow alphanumeric leg flag and color bands that identify it are clearly visible.

Two banded piping plover adults stand near a nest with a small video camera pointed at it on a sandbar of the Missouri River.
May 20, 2016

Two banded piping plover adults stand near a nest

Two banded piping plover adults stand near a nest with a small video camera pointed at it on a sandbar on the Garrison Reach of the Missouri River, North Dakota. The yellow alphanumeric leg flag and color bands that identify it are clearly visible. Video cameras were used to identify adults attending nests. 

January 8, 2016

USGS Pollinator Research and Monitoring

The USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, located in the Northern Great Plains state of North Dakota highlights their current and ongoing research on land use and pollinator health.

This part of the country represents critical summer forage habitat for commercial beekeepers and their honey bees. Colonies located here in the summer produce honey and go on

USGS scientist Dave Brandt holds a captured whooping crane .
December 6, 2011

USGS scientist holds a captured whooping crane.

USGS scientist Dave Brandt holds a captured whooping crane while Dr. Barry Hartup with the International Crane Foundation assesses the bird's health before marking.