Sage-grouse & Sagebrush Ecosystem

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Adult Sage Thrasher waiting to deliver food to its nestlings.
October 2, 2019

Adult Sage Thrasher waiting to deliver food to its nestlings.

Adult Sage Thrasher waiting to deliver food to its nestlings.

bee approaching a flower
December 31, 2018

Male leafcutting bee (Megachile) approaching an Origanum

The alfalfa leafcutting bee (Megachile rotundata) is an introduced species common to Southwest Idaho. They originate from the old world, most likely from northeastern Africa or the Middle East. These bees are successful pollinators of various crops and have been imported to North America for use in agriculture and beekeeping.

A Tetons sunrise in Antelope Flats.
June 14, 2018

A Tetons sunrise in Antelope Flats.

A Tetons sunrise in Antelope Flats. 

Mowed linear fuel breaks along both sides of a gravel road
January 26, 2018

Mowed linear fuel breaks along both sides of a gravel road in Idaho

An example of mowed linear fuel breaks along both sides of a gravel road in southwestern Idaho

person bent over on barren ground over looking a lake and mountains. A jute net covers the foreground.
December 8, 2017

Scientist spreading moss fragments

A USGS scientist spreads moss fragments for a study to test the restoration potential of moss, an important component of biological soil crust. A jute net, foreground, helps stabilize the moss fragments as they adhere to the soil.

sampling equipment on big sagebrush site
February 16, 2017

Plot 347, point 6, Morley Nelson Snake River NCA

Cover photo for Shinneman, D.J., Welty, J.L., Arkle, R.S., Pilliod, D.S., Glenn, N.F., McIlroy, S.K., Halford, A.S., 2018, Fuels guide and database for intact and invaded big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) ecological sites—User manual: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series Report 1048, p. 9, https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1048

Idaho/Oregon border stake with person pulling a sled in background
February 1, 2017

Crossing the Idaho-Oregon border in winter

This remote area along the southern Idaho-Oregon border was affected by the 2015 Soda Fire, which burned nearly 400 square miles of sagebrush habitat important to many species of wildlife, as well as federal and private ranchlands. The USGS, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, is leading a first of its kind study on the efficacy of certain post-fire

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two scientists setting up an experiment in an area dominated by cheatgrass
September 23, 2016

Setting up a bacterial control experiment on cheatgrass

Scientists are studying several weed suppressive bacteria to see if they can be used as a biological control on invasive exotic grasses, such as cheatgrass.

pen tip next to lichen
April 27, 2016

Close-up of biocrust - lichen

Biological soil crusts, or biocrusts, are lichens, mosses, and cyanobacteria that grow on the soil surface and are common in the spaces between native plants in arid and semi-arid systems. Biocrusts reduce soil erosion, contribute to nutrient and water cycling, and reduce evaporation and invasion by exotic plants. The green-red plants with flower bud stalks are likely

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Sagebrush around Granby and Willow Creek Reservoirs
August 28, 2015

Sagebrush around Granby and Willow Creek Reservoirs

Sagebrush around Granby and Willow Creek Reservoirs

Pinyon-juniper and sagebrush on Juniper Mountain, NV
May 1, 2014

Pinyon-juniper and sagebrush on Juniper Mountain, NV

Pinyon-juniper and sagebrush on Juniper Mountain, NV.

Sagebrush ecosystem in the winter.
April 28, 2014

Sagebrush ecosystem in the winter.

Sagebrush ecosystem in the winter.