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This quarterly newsletter highlights ecosystems science and activities coming out of our Science Centers and Cooperative Research Units across the Nation. 

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June 1, 2020

USGS EcoNews - Vol. 1 | Issue 1

Welcome to the first edition of EcoNews! We highlight our Invasive Species Program; the USGS led North American Bat Monitoring Program; the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative; Scientist Spotlight; our new webinar series, Friday's Findings; and our educational resources and podcasts for students of all ages. Plus, check out how to connect with us through our social media and our staff page.

Attribution: Ecosystems
Date published: June 1, 2020

Friday's Findings - June 5 2020

Constructing Realistic Species Distribution and Habitat Modelling Map Products: Challenges and Opportunities

Date: June 5, 2020 from 2 - 2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Thomas C. Edwards, Jr., USGS Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Department of Wildland Resources, Utah State University

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Attribution: Ecosystems
Date published: May 26, 2020

Secret, Pristine Grassland Provide Scientists Precious Insight Into How Undisturbed Ecosystems Function

Southwest Biological Science Center and National Park Service personnel were featured in a KSL TV story about a hidden, pristine grassland in Canyonlands National Park that is used for scientific study.

Publications

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Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) 20th anniversary postcard

The Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) was established within the U.S. Geological Survey in 2000 as a result of Congressional funding for Department of the Interior agencies to study amphibians and provide information to help manage amphibians and address threats. As the research arm of the Department of the Interior, the U.S....

Ball, Lianne C.
Attribution: Ecosystems
Ball, L.C., 2020, Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) 20th anniversary postcard: U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 198, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/gip198.

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Behavior and movement of adult winter steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in the upper Cowlitz River Basin, Washington, 2017–18

Executive SummaryA 2-year radiotelemetry study was completed to monitor the movements of adult winter steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in the upper Cowlitz River Basin. A reintroduction program was established to restore healthy and harvestable populations of steelhead because volitional access to the area was blocked in the 1960s after...

Liedtke, Theresa L.; Kock, Tobias J.; Hansen, Amy C.; Ekstrom, Brian K.; Tomka, Ryan G.
Liedtke, T.L., Kock, T.J., Hansen, A.C., Ekstrom, B.K., and Tomka, R.G., 2020, Behavior and movement of adult winter steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in the upper Cowlitz River Basin, Washington, 2017–18: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1054, 35 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201054.

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Evaluation of the analytical methods used to determine the elemental concentrations found in the stream geochemical dataset compiled for Alaska

A recent U.S. Geological Survey data compilation of stream-sediment geochemistry for Alaska contains decades of analyses collected under numerous Federal and State programs. The compiled data were determined by various analytical methods. Some samples were reanalyzed by a different analytical method than the original, resulting in some elements...

Wang, Bronwen; Ellefsen, Karl J.; Granitto, Matthew; Kelley, Karen D.; Karl, Susan M.; Case, George N.D.; Kreiner, Douglas C.; Amundson, Courtney L.
Wang, B, Ellefsen, K.J., Granitto, M., Kelley, K.D., Karl, S.M., Case, G.N.D., Kreiner, D.C., and Amundson, C.L., 2020, Evaluation of the analytical methods used to determine the elemental concentrations found in the stream geochemical dataset compiled for Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020-1038, 66 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201038.