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Learn more about our science in action in the field and laboratory. Check out some of our available photos and videos. For more information, e-mail werc_web@usgs.gov

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September 24, 2019

Sea-Level Rise, El Niño, and Storm Effects on Coastal Tidal Marshes

Tidal marshes exist as a transitional environment between the land and sea, and provides habitat to fish and wildlife, protects human developments from coastal flooding, and stores carbon at high density, among other important ecosystem services. Over the next century, accelerating sea-level rise poses a risk to tidal marshes, especially in areas with insufficient sediment

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Woman holds up a brown and white goose wearing a GPS collar
September 17, 2019

USGS field biologist Andrea Mott displays a recently marked Tule Goose

USGS field biologist Andrea Mott displays a recently marked Tule White-fronted Goose.

White and and brown geese crowded together near a barrier
July 25, 2019

Lesser Snow Geese are herded into a pen to await banding

Lesser Snow Geese are captured using a helicopter to herd them into large pens to await banding.

White and brown geese clustered in a pen in a grassy area near a wetland
July 25, 2019

Lesser Snow Geese in a pen awaiting banding

Lesser Snow Geese are captured using a helicopter to herd them into large pens to await banding.

Woman stands in a grassy area holding a white goose with a collar
July 25, 2019

Woman stands in grassy field holding a white goose wearing a GPS colla

USGS field biologist Andrea Mott displays a recently marked Lesser Snow Goose.

Woman in a jacket and hat drives a boat on the ocean
July 19, 2019

Driving a seabird survey vessel off the Central California Coast

USGS scientist Emma Kelsey drives a survey vessel off the Central California Coast as part of a seabird survey.

In collaboration with California State Parks, USGS Western Ecological Research Center biologists are conducting at-sea surveys of  the Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus), a small endangered seabird, to estimate abundance, distribution and

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Woman looks out at the ocean off the side of a boat
July 19, 2019

Surveying for seabirds off the Central California Coast

USGS Biological Science Technician Laney White surveys for Marbled Murrelet off the Central California Coast.

In collaboration with California State Parks, USGS Western Ecological Research Center biologists are conducting at-sea surveys of  the Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus), a small endangered seabird, to estimate abundance, distribution and

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A woman wraps a tape measure around a tree in the forest
July 17, 2019

Measuring a red fir tree in the Sierra Nevada

This is Teodora Rautu. She is a Biological Science Technician on the field crew for USGS Western Ecological Research Center's Sierra Nevada Forest Dynamics project.  She is measuring the diameter of a red fir and trying to navigate the tape through the branches.  All of the trees in the Sierra Nevada Forest Dynamics plots are measured every 5 years, not only for

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A woman wraps a measuring tape around a very large tree in the forest
July 17, 2019

Measuring a Giant sequoia in the Sierra Nevada

This is Teodora Rautu. She is a Biological Science Technician on the field crew for USGS Western Ecological Research Center's Sierra Nevada Forest Dynamics project.  She is measuring the diameter of a Giant Sequoia.  All of the trees in the Sierra Nevada Forest Dynamics plots are measured every 5 years, not only for determining the size of the trees but also for tracking

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A woman prepares to cut into a dead tree with a hatchet
July 17, 2019

Beginning a 'tree autopsy' in the Sierra Nevada

This is Teodora Rautu. She is a Biological Science Technician on the field crew for USGS Western Ecological Research Center's Sierra Nevada Forest Dynamics project. The tree she is getting read to cut into has recently died. Teo is going to remove bark to look for signs of insects or pathogens than may have been involved in the tree's death--the first step in a 'tree

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Two women work together to measure the base of an enormous tree
July 17, 2019

It takes two to measure this Giant Sequoia

Teodora Rautu and Eva Lopez, Biological Science Technicians on the field crew for the USGS Western Ecological Research Center's Sierra Nevada Forest Dynamics project, work together to measure the diameter of a Giant Sequoia. Every tree in the project's long-term study plots are re-measured every 5 years, not only for determining the size of the trees but also for tracking

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Woman looks through a spotting scope at the ocean
July 17, 2019

Conducting a high tide waterbird survey on San Fransisco Bay

San Francisco Bay and the surrounding wetlands and ponds provide important habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds. To aid land and resource managers in tracking wildlife responses to habitat restoration efforts, Biological Science Technician, Aliya, conducts a high tide waterbird survey of a restored salt pond in the Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area at the northern edge of

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