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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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Sperm Whale just below the surface of the ocean, viewed from above
December 31, 2020

Zoomed image of a Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus)

Zoomed image of a Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) below the surface, with contrast increased for clarity.

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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Fin whale just breaking the surface of the water, viewed from above
December 31, 2020

Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus) breaking the surface

Zoomed image of a Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus) breaking the surface.

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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A dark-colored albatross with pale wingtips takes off from the water, wings spread and white splashes in the water behin
December 31, 2020

Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) taking off

Zoomed aerial image of a Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) taking off from the water.

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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Seven white birds viewed from above, at some distance, over a dark ocean
December 31, 2020

Small terns in flight

Zoomed image of small terns in 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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Aerial view of five gulls, with grey backs and wings and white heads and tails, flying over the ocean
December 31, 2020

Group of adult and immature Western Gulls (Larus occidentalis)

Zoomed image of a group of adult and immature Western Gulls (Larus occidentalis).

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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Humpback whale viewed from above, just breaking the surface, with seabirds in flight nearby
December 31, 2020

Humpback Whale and shearwaters feeding in southern California

Zoomed image of a Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) and a group of shearwaters feeding in southern California.

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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Long, skinny Cuvier's Beaked Whale swimming just below the ocean surface, viewed from above
December 31, 2020

Cuvier’s Beaked Whale (Ziphius cavirostris)

Zoomed image of a Cuvier’s Beaked Whale (Ziphius cavirostris) below the surface.

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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Tall snow-covered incense cedar amid other snowy evergreens
December 29, 2020

Incense cedar in the Sierra Nevada

Incense cedar in the Sierra Nevada

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.

Small plants grow beneath the needles of a Bishop pine
August 8, 2020

Bishop pine acting as a plant nursery

Small plants grow beneath the needles of a Bishop pine

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.