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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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Person wearing a hat, sunglasses, and face covering holds a clipboard while sitting in a grassy area, with research tools behind
August 31, 2020

Lesley DeFalco works on post-fire plant surveys in Nevada

Research scientist Lesley DeFalco works on native and invasive annual plant sampling at the site of the Tramp Fire,one of 12 fires for which the USGS and the BLM are implementing landscape scale restoration treatments.

Forester's Tern
August 6, 2020

Return of the Terns

Now that Forster’s terns have returned to nesting in Pond A16, an important nesting colony has been re-established, with hopes that this tern colony will grow in future years and help reverse the decline of the Forster’s tern population in San Francisco Bay.

Man holds up a USGS hat with a lizard sitting on top
June 4, 2020

Orange-throated Whiptail lizard gets a ride

James Molden shows off an Orange-throated Whiptail (Aspidoscelis hyperythra) while conducting the monthly pitfall trap monitoring at Cabrillo National Monument. The traps were put in place over 20 years ago by researcher Robert Fisher. USGS is looking at the effects of fragmentation on the isolated amphibian and reptile community at the monument.

Person wearing a USGS hat and a face covering stands in a vegetated area next to a creek and takes a photo
June 1, 2020

Taking habitat photos for Arroyo Toad surveys

James Molden takes habitat photos for Arroyo Toad surveys in Santa Ysabel Creek.

Woman wearing USGS cap and a face covering holds up lizard that appears to smile
June 1, 2020

Melanie Madden displays Blainville's Horned Lizard

Researcher Melanie Madden holds up a Blainville's Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma blainvillii).

Woman wearing a USGS cap and face covering holds up a coiled snake
June 1, 2020

Melanie Madden displays a gophersnake

Researcher Melanie Madden holds up a gophersnake (Pituophis catenifer).

Man wearing a USGS hat and face mask holds up a cylindrical metal cage
May 31, 2020

Rich Kim builds a giant gartersnake trap

Rich Kim works on giant gartersnake trap building. 

Person wearing face mask and lab coat stands in front of cabinets and lab equipment
May 22, 2020

Shannon Waters-Dynes masks up in the genetics lab

Shannon Waters-Dynes masks up in the genetics lab.

May 21, 2020

Count the bats -- how do your skills compare to a bat biologist's?

Do you have what it takes to be a bat biologist? USGS bat researchers are counting Townsend’s big eared bats to monitor how their populations are doing. Watch the video to try your hand at a bat count and see how your skills compare to a USGS scientist! You don’t need sound to count the bats—but if you turn your sound on you’ll be able to hear the bats’ echolocation calls

Dark brown insect with big eyes looks out over the edge of a petri dish
May 9, 2020

Dragonfly nymph

A dragonfly nymph

Long, skinny insect with big eyes and fins at the tail end in a petri dish
May 1, 2020

Damselfly nymph

Damselfly nymph

Long skinny insect with three fins at its tail end and large eyes, in a petri dish
May 1, 2020

Damselfly nymph

Damselfly nymph