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Date published: March 9, 2018

Tree Swallow GLRI Story Map

This Story Maps accompanies 4 peer-reviewed publications to provide a convenient and useful tool to access the information contained within these four peer-reviewed publications.  The tree swallow data are easily visualized on a landscape scale, or more detail can be obtained by drilling down.  These data are being used by States and EPA in their Beneficial Use Impairment (BUI) assessments. ...

Date published: September 5, 2017

Public Invitation: USGS La Crosse Science Center Opens Doors for Interactive Experience

The public is invited to attend a free, family-friendly open house at a local U.S. Geological Survey center for ecology research on Saturday, September 9.  

Date published: June 29, 2017

More Milkweeds Located Throughout the Landscape Can Help Conserve Monarchs

Adding milkweeds and other native flowering plants into midwestern agricultural lands is key to restoring monarch butterflies, with milkweed sowers from all sectors of society being critically needed for success. 

Publications

Year Published: 2018

State-level freshwater mussel programs: Current status and a research framework to aid in mussel management and conservation

Despite increased focus on their ecology and conservation, freshwater mussels remain one of the most imperiled groups of aquatic organisms. We documented current management actions, resources, and challenges in managing freshwater mussels in the United States through a survey of state natural resource agencies. Approximately 85% of surveyed states...

Bouska, Kristen; Rosenberger, Amanda E.; McMurray, Stephen E.; Lindner, Garth A.; Key, Kayla N.
Bouska, K.L., Rosenberger, A., McMurray, S.E., Linder, G.A., Key, K.N. 2018. State‐Level Freshwater Mussel Programs: Current Status and a Research Framework to Aid in Mussel Management and Conservation. Fisheries. 43(8):345-360. DOI: 10.1002/fsh.10106.

Year Published: 2018

Before-after, control-impact analysis of evidence for the impacts of water level on Walleye, Northern Pike and Yellow Perch in lakes of the Rainy-Namakan complex (MN, USA and ON, CA)

Water level (WL) fluctuations in lakes influence many aspects of ecosystem processes. Concern about the potential impact of WL fluctuations on fisheries was one of the factors that motivated the decision in 2000 to alter the management of WL in the Rainy-Namakan reservoir complex (on the border between the U.S. state of Minnesota and the Canadian...

Larson, James H.; Maki, Ryan P.; Vondra, Benjamin A.; Peterson, Kevin E.
Larson, J.H., Maki, R.P., Vondra, B.A., Peterson, K.E. 2018. Before-after, control-impact analysis of evidence for the impacts of water level on Walleye, Northern Pike and Yellow Perch in lakes of the Rainy-Namakan complex (MN, USA and ON, CA). PLoS ONE. 13(6):e0198612. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0198612.

Year Published: 2018

Distribution and foraging patterns of common loons on Lake Michigan with implications for exposure to type E avian botulism

Common loons (Gavia immer) staging on the Great Lakes during fall migration are at risk to episodic outbreaks of type E botulism. Information on distribution, foraging patterns, and exposure routes of loons are needed for understanding the physical and ecological factors that contribute to avian botulism outbreaks. Aerial surveys were conducted to...

Kenow, Kevin P.; Houdek, Steven C.; Fara, Luke; Gray, Brian R.; Lubinski, Brian R.; Heard, Darryl J.; Meyer, Michael W.; Fox, Timothy J.; Kratt, Robert
Kenow, K.P., Houdek, S.C., Fara, L.J., Gray, B.R., Lubinski, B.R., Heard, D.J., Meyer, M.W., Fox, T.J., Kratt, R.J. 2018. Distribution and foraging patterns of common loons on Lake Michigan with implications for exposure to type E avian botulism. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 44(3):497-513. DOI: 10.1016/j.jglr.2018.02.004.