Western Ecological Research Center


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Date published: July 2, 2018

Born in a Los Angeles zoo, released into the San Gabriels, a rare frog bounces back (The LA Times)

SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS, CA — Last week, biologists from the USGS Western Ecological Research Center (WERC) and partnering agencies released hundreds of endangered, mountain yellow-legged frog tadpoles back to their historic habitat in southern California.

Date published: June 8, 2018

WERC Waterfowl Science at the 2018 Suisun Marsh Field Day

“If we find a duck with one of those, we say it’s wearing jewelry,” said a visitor, gesturing to the shining metal bands on the table. The bands in question were part of a USGS Western Ecological Research Center (WERC) outreach display at the 2018 Suisun Marsh Field Day in Suisun, CA.

Date published: May 25, 2018

WERC Scientists Receive Prestigious Awards for Research on Songbirds, Mountain Ecosystems

This month, we recognize two WERC scientists for their decades of research on endangered songbirds, and the geology and hydrology of mountain ecosystems.

Date published: May 17, 2018

New USGS Study Paves a Path Forward for Reptiles, Amphibians, and Roadways

In a new study, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists ranked more than 160 species and sub-species of reptiles and amphibians in terms of their vulnerability to vehicle strikes and habitat fragmentation from roadways. Their results are published in the journal Landscape Ecology....

Date published: April 13, 2018

A Day in the Life of a WERC Seabird Scientist

In the featured photo, WERC scientists search for potential nesting habitat of seabirds like the Ashy Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma homochroa) on False Klamath Rock off the coast of California.

Date published: April 13, 2018

Salmon and a Warming River

WERC biological science technician Shannon Waters is part of a research team studying the effects of warming water temperatures on Chinook salmon. On Tuesday, April 3rd, she visited the California State University, Sacramento to talk to students and the interested public about the team's findings...

Date published: March 20, 2018

Altering Sagebrush Landscapes with Fuel Breaks to Save Them from Wildfire

Linear fuel breaks have long been used to help suppress fire in the Great Basin, and thousands of miles of new fuel breaks may be constructed in coming years to protect sagebrush ecosystems, including greater sage-grouse habitat.

Date published: March 20, 2018

The Birds, The Bees, and...The Skunks?

It's the first day of spring! Don't be surprised if you see young skunks scampering around California's inland marshes with an ear tag ID and a lightweight GPS collar -- it's for science.

Date published: February 28, 2018

Have You Seen This Mosquito? Aggressive Mosquito Species Vanishes from Pacific Island

The Asian tiger mosquito can carry dread diseases like Zika, and yellow and dengue fever. After it vanished from Palmyra Atoll, an island in the tropical Pacific, USGS researchers and partners set out to find out why.

Date published: February 21, 2018

New USGS-Led Study Could Help Pacific Wetlands Adapt to Sea Level Rise

SAN FRANCISCO BAY, Calif. — A new study published Wednesday in Science Advances introduces an innovative tool to help resource managers preserve Pacific coastal wetlands from rising sea levels.

Date published: November 9, 2017

Save the Date! Sea Otters: Confessions of a Keystone Carnivore

As part of the USGS Evening Public Lecture Series, WERC's Tim Tinker is giving a free "science talk" for the public on Thursday, 11/30/17 at 7PM PST. Watch live or online.