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Fire scorched desert landscape.
November 26, 2020

Fires transforming Sonoran Desert

Restoring areas infested with invasive species that carry catastrophic fire is a top priority for the Restoration Assessment and Monitoring Program for the Southest (RAMPS) and our partners. In 2019 & 2020, fires carried by the invasive red brome (Bromus rubens) grass destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres of Sonoran Desert Scrub, resulting in some of the

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Two people kneel on the ground collecting soil samples in a golden grassland.
September 3, 2020

How does restoration affect soils?

How do restoration plantings alter ecosystem function? NAU PhD student Kathleen Balazs and technician Sarah Negovan measure soil water infiltration rates at a RestoreNet site near La Sal, Utah. These measurements will illustrate how restoration plantings effect certain ecosystem functions

discover ecosystems by clicking on image for full description.
March 24, 2020

Discover Ecosystems

Ecosystems and the wild things that live in them are the foundation of our conservation heritage and an economic asset to current and future generations of Americans. Healthy ecosystems support living things and natural processes that bring prosperity and enjoyment for all Americans. 

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$58.1 BILLION
Estimated economic output of DOI-

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A group of people sit in a meeting around a big circle of tables.
February 20, 2020

RestoreNet Partner Meeting

Land managers representing National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, Navajo Nation, private ranches and farms attend the first RestoreNet stakeholder meeting at the USGS Southwest Biological Science Center in February 2020. 

USA-NPN Pheno Forecast of emerald ash borer adult emergence.
December 31, 2019

USA-NPN Pheno Forecast of emerald ash borer adult emergence.

USA-NPN Pheno Forecast of emerald ash borer adult emergence. Yellow areas indicate locations that will have reached the accumulated temperature requirements for adult emergence as of April 1, 2019.

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December 17, 2019

Pterocheilus quinquefasciatus, m, back, Jackson Co., SD

Pterocheilus quinquefasciatus. - Hunter of caterpillars...in this case, hunter of caterpillars in South Dakota Badlands. This wasp has long stiff hairs on the palps of its tongue and it uses them like a basket...carrying dirt of its nest and away from the nest entrance so it is harder for parasitoids to track its babies locations. Photography Information: Canon Mark

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December 17, 2019

Tarpela micans, U, Back, NC, Buncombie County

Collected , in Glycol trap, Tarpela micans, with lovely oil can sheen, identified by Warren Steiner

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December 17, 2019

Hoplitis truncata, m, back, Prince George's Co., MD

Hoplitis truncata. An uncommon Hoplitis that shows up here and there, but never in large numbers. Not well known and its roll and preferences in the world of flowers is also unclear. This is a rather ratty male I collected somewhere near home...will have to keep my eyes open for additional specimens. Notice the little pointed tip on the ends of the antennae...something

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December 17, 2019

Megachile petulans, M, side, Dorchester Co, MD

A southern bee that just barely gets up into the upper coastal plain of North America. This specimen comes from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge where it found its way tot their lovely pollinator garden. In that same garden its nest parasite, Coelioxys germana provided Maryland's first specimen record. Photography by Wayne Boo. Photography Information: Canon Mark II

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December 17, 2019

Andrena gnaphalii, f, back 2, Santa Barbara, CA

Another odd ball Andrena from the Channel Islands. This one is A. gnaphalli, collected as part of a larger study of bees in climatically vulnerable National Parks. An apparent Asteraceaea specialist with some glints of green and red instead of the normal black integument. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X

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December 17, 2019

Bombus griseocollis, M, side, Philidelphia, PA

Philadelphia Bee Survey, 2012, Pennsylvania, Stephanie Wilson Collector, Morris Arboretum

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December 17, 2019

Jumping spider full view, beltsville, md

Yesterday I captured this smallish (10mm) jumping spider. Not being a spider person I have not idea which genus it even is. So any help there would be wonderful. The closeup was done with a 10x nikon microscope lens on a 200mm used pentax. Beltsville, Maryland. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens

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