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Date published: November 29, 2021

Media Alert: Hunter Survey Available for Green Bay and Lake Michigan

An annual waterfowl harvest survey is open to duck hunter feedback now through December 31 for the Green Bay and Lake Michigan regions of Wisconsin.

Date published: November 23, 2021

Friday's Findings - December 3 2021

Climate Change Refugia for Landscape Conservation

Date: December 3, 2021, from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Toni Lyn Morelli, Research Ecologist, USGS Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center


Date published: November 18, 2021

Research Spotlight: New Study Identifies Effective Under-Road Passage Designs for California Tiger Salamanders

A new study by USGS researchers and partners investigated how California tiger salamanders in Stanford, California interacted with different types of barrier fencing while migrating to their annual breeding site and whether they were able to find and use an under-road tunnel passage system.


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Year Published: 2022

Vertical movement of soluble carbon and nutrients from biocrusts to subsurface mineral soils

Dryland ecosystems can be constrained by low soil fertility. Within drylands, the soil nutrient and organic carbon (C) cycling that does occur is often mediated by soil surface communities known as biological soil crusts (biocrusts), which cycle C and nutrients in the top ca. 0–2 cm of soil. However, the degree to which biocrusts are...

Young, Kristina E.; Ferrenberg, Scott; Reibold, Robin H.; Reed, Sasha; Swenson, Tami; Northen, Trent; Darrouzet-Nardi, Anthony

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Year Published: 2022

Post-fire temporal trends in soil-physical and -hydraulic properties and simulated runoff generation: Insights from different burn severities in the 2013 Black Forest Fire, CO, USA

Burn severity influences on post-fire recovery of soil-hydraulic properties controlling runoff generation are poorly understood despite the importance for parameterizing infiltration models. We measured soil-hydraulic properties of field-saturated hydraulic conductivity (Kfs), sorptivity (S), and wetting front potential (ψf) for four years after...

Ebel, Brian A.; Moody, John A.; Martin, Deborah A.

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Year Published: 2022

Evidence for interannual persistence of infectious influenza A viruses in Alaska wetlands

Influenza A viruses (IAVs) deposited by wild birds into the environment may lead to sporadic mortality events and economically costly outbreaks among domestic birds. There is a paucity of information, however, regarding the persistence of infectious IAVs within the environment following deposition. In this investigation, we assessed the...

Ramey, Andrew M.; Reeves, Andrew B.; Lagassé, Benjamin Joel; Patil, Vijay P.; Hubbard, Laura E.; Kolpin, Dana W.; McCleskey, R. Blaine; Repert, Deborah A.; Stallknecht, David E.; Poulson, Rebecca L.