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New research shows people, wildlife, and marine environment benefit when island-ocean connections are restored

An international team of researchers has found that restoring and rewilding islands decimated by damaging invasive species benefits coastal and marine...

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USGS Scientists are Authors on New Framework for Seabirds and Offshore Wind Energy

Scientists from the USGS Western Ecological Research Center (WERC) are authors on a new framework for addressing the impacts of offshore wind farms on...

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Environmental Impacts on Space Use of Mohave Ground Squirrels

Mohave ground squirrels are small rodents native to the western Mojave Desert of California and are listed as threatened under the California...

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Research Spotlight: Vegetation Type Conversion in the Southwest -- Observations and Management Takeaways

Two new publications describe how forests, shrublands, and grasslands are being transformed into different ecosystem types in response to severe and...

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Revisiting a Marine Mammal Mystery, with the Help of New Data and Powerful Statistics

New techniques and a massive dataset have helped USGS scientists and partners determine why sea otter populations in southwest Alaska collapsed in the...

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Emeritus and Distinguished Alumni Profile: Jim Estes Explains How Sea Otters Run the world

Over a decades-long career as a federal scientist, Jim Estes’s groundbreaking work on sea otters has shown just how much these fuzzy animals can teach...

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In Blue Water: Tracking Animals in the Open Ocean

Scientists are attaching tracking tags to marine animals at Palmyra Atoll to learn how marine protected areas can best serve diverse species. 

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Water-Starved Shrubs Likely Intensified Recent Wildfires in Southern California

Researchers link shrubs that died during a severe drought to recent large fires.  

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Remembering Jan van Wagtendonk, who shaped fire and recreation management in the iconic Yosemite National Park

Former USGS scientist Jan van Wagtendonk passed away in July 2022, following a 50-year career as a federal scientist. Management strategies based on...

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Diverse Aging Rates in Ectotherms Provide Insights for the Evolution of Aging and Longevity

Amphibians and reptiles, particularly turtles and tortoises, are well-known examples of animals with long lifespans. A team of international...

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USGS Scientist Kathryn McEachern Honored as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Champion

Dr. McEachern received the award for her role in rare plant conservation on the California Channel Islands.

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Bird Mortality at Renewable Energy Facilities have Population-Level Effects

A recent study shows nearly half of bird species studied were vulnerable to population-level effects from fatalities at renewable energy facilities. 

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