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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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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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Eight people in field clothes jump into the air at the same time
July 16, 2019

Toad researchers are "hoppy" to start up their 2019 field season

A team from the WERC San Diego Field Station traveled to the Sierra National Forest, CA this past week to prepare their field site for season two of an exciting study of federally threatened Yosemite toads. This is a collaborative project with the U.S. Forest Service, and together we are hoping to learn more about how to effectively mitigate road impacts for pond breeding

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A woman wearing a headset and holding a notebook looks out the window at the ocean
June 5, 2019

Recording data during a flight

Biological Technician, Laura (Laney) White records data on Beaufort sea state and environmental conditions during a flight.

The Seabird Studies Team at the USGS Western Ecological Research Center is conducting aerial photographic surveys of the ocean off central and southern California to create comprehensive maps of seabird and marine mammal distributions.

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Burned forest with plants growing between burned trees.
May 11, 2019

Hillside at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area 9 Months After Fire

Vegetation has begun to regrow in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area 9 months after summer 2018's Carr Fire near Redding, California, where USGS WERC researchers are studying fire impacts, post-fire vegetation recovery, and post-fire erosion and debris flows.

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Hill with grass and shrubs and trees regrowing after fire.
May 11, 2019

Hill at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area 9 Months After Fire

Vegetation has begun to regrow in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area 9 months after summer 2018's Carr Fire near Redding, California, where USGS WERC researchers are studying fire impacts, post-fire vegetation recovery, and post-fire erosion and debris flows.

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Field of growing spring grasses with hill in the background.
May 11, 2019

Landscape at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area 9 Months After Fire

Vegetation has begun to regrow in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area 9 months after summer 2018's Carr Fire near Redding, California, where USGS WERC researchers are studying fire impacts, post-fire vegetation recovery, and post-fire erosion and debris flows.

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