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The USGS Ecosystems Mission Area provides science to help America achieve sustainable management and conservation of biological resources in wild and urban spaces, and places in between. Ecosystems scientists examine consequences of climate and environmental change; effects of management actions on communities, lands, and species; and risks and solutions to harmful invasive species, wildlife diseases, and contaminants in the environment.

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Newsletter - EcoNews

Newsletter - EcoNews

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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Webinar - Friday's Findings

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A public webinar series meant to offer our audience an opportunity to discover the Ecosystems science capacity within the USGS.

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Date published: June 21, 2021

Friday's Findings - June 25 2021

The Role of Drought in Aquatic Systems: Population and Community Dynamics

Date:  June 25, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Daniel Magoulick, Fish Biologist, Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Assistant Unit Leader


Date published: June 17, 2021

Media Event: New Insight into Climate Change Impacts on Yellowstone

Federal and university partners invite members of the media to a virtual news conference next week about past and future effects of climate change on the iconic Greater Yellowstone Area.   

Date published: June 10, 2021

Leave No Trace This Summer as You Explore the Outdoors

It’s Great Outdoors Month! As the weather warms up and more people head out to explore the outdoors, the U.S. Geological Survey has tips for minimizing impacts to the environment. Leaving no trace can be a challenge and sometimes a small act can have a large impact.


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Year Published: 2021

Physiomorphic transformation in extreme endurance migrants: Revisiting the case of bar-tailed godwits preparing for trans-pacific flights

In a 1998 paper entitled “Guts don’t fly: small digestive organs in obese bar-tailed godwits,” Piersma and Gill (1998) showed that the digestive organs were tiny and the fat loads huge in individuals suspected of embarking on a non-stop flight from Alaska to New Zealand. It was suggested that prior to migratory departure, these godwits...

Piersma, Theunis; Gill, Robert E.; Ruthrauff, Daniel R.

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Year Published: 2021

U.S. Geological Survey landscape science strategy 2020–2030

Across our Nation, multiple Federal, State, Tribal, and local governments are working with stakeholders and landowners to restore, conserve, and manage lands and resources to benefit fish, wildlife, and people. One of the largest Federal efforts is led by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), with multiple DOI agencies working to conserve and...

Jenni, Karen E.; Carter, Sarah K.; Aumen, Nicholas G.; Bowen, Zachary H.; Bradford, John B.; Chotkowski, Michael A.; Hsu, Leslie; Murdoch, Peter S.; Phillips, Scott W.; Pope, Kevin L.; Schuster, Rudy; Steinkamp, Melanie J.; Weltzin, Jake; Xian, George Z.
Jenni, K.E., Carter, S.K., Aumen, N.G., Bowen, Z.H., Bradford, J.B., Chotkowski, M.A., Hsu, L., Murdoch, P.S., Phillips, S.W., Pope, K.L., Schuster, R., Steinkamp, M.J., Weltzin, J., and Xian, G.Z., 2021, U.S. Geological Survey landscape science strategy 2020–2030: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1484, 26 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1484.

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Year Published: 2021

Lower Granite Reservoir biological monitoring at 2015 disposal site

No abstract available.

Hemingway, Rulon J; Tiffan, Kenneth