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map with hexagon grid overlay depicting study areas and points depicting barred owl sightings in 2015
October 4, 2021

Barred owl sightings at Oregon Coast Range monitoring sites, 2015

Locations of barred owl sightings recorded during 2015 owl monitoring activities. Barred owls were lethally removed from the areas highlighted in pink. Supporting data is found at https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201089.

map with hexagon grid overlay depicting study areas and points depicting barred owl sightings in 2020
October 4, 2021

Barred owl sightings at Oregon Coast Range monitoring sites, 2020

Locations of barred owl sightings recorded during 2020 owl monitoring activities. Barred owls were lethally removed from the areas highlighted in pink. Supporting data is found at https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201089.

arrows pointing to northern spotted owl territory and the movement of barred owl west and its present day territory
October 4, 2021

Barred owl movement west

Barred owls spread west during the 1900s and today completely overlap the range of the northern spotted owl.

September 28, 2021

I Am An...Economist

Welcome to the "The I Am A..." series, a whiteboard animation video series highlighting USGS careers. The concept is to show "what society (or my mom) thinks I do" compared with "what I really do." One image captures a more whimsical representation of a "scientist" and the second demonstrates a more accurate representation of what we really look like. This video is about a

Attribution: Ecosystems
Outstanding in the Field - Episode 9 artwork. Scientist in the field studying biocrusts.
September 26, 2021

USGS Outstanding in the Field: Biocrusts (Ep. 9)

Welcome to another episode of Outstanding in the Field, the U.S. Geological Survey’s podcast series produced by the Ecosystems Mission Area. We highlight our fun and fascinating fieldwork studying ecosystems across the country. Today we’ll be discussing tiny communities that are found on the surface of the soil in the harsh environments of cold and hot deserts. These often

Five dark goose silhouettes fly over a mountainous landscape
September 19, 2021

Tule white-fronted geese flying over Summer Lake Wildlife Area

Five tule white-fronted geese flying over Summer Lake Wildlife Area, the primary stopover site for this species on its fall migration.

Six dark goose silhouettes fly over a mountainous landscape
September 19, 2021

Tule white-fronted geese flying over Summer Lake Wildlife Area, OR

Six tule white-fronted geese flying over Summer Lake Wildlife Area, the primary stopover site for this species on its fall migration.

About a dozen geese in silhouette flap their wings and turn sideways and upside down in midair
September 19, 2021

Tule white-fronted geese landing in Summer Lake Wildlife Area

Tule white-fronted geese get ready to land at Summer Lake Wildlife Area in Oregon. The geese turn upside down and sideways to drop altitude quickly to land, a behavior known as "whiffling" or "maple leafing."

Five tule geese take off at the edge of a wetland
September 19, 2021

Tule white-fronted geese take off from Summer Lake Wildlife Area

Five tule white-fronted geese take off from Summer Lake Wildlife Area, the primary stopover site for this species on its fall migration.

I Am An...Ecotoxicologist
September 3, 2021

I Am An...Ecotoxicologist

I Am An...Ecotoxicologist

August 24, 2021

I Am An...Ecotoxicologist

Welcome to the "The I Am A..." series. This is the tenth video in a series of USGS whiteboard animations that highlight USGS careers. The concept is to show "what society (or my mom) thinks I do" compared with "what I really do." One image captures a more whimsical representation of a "scientist" and the second demonstrates a more accurate representation of what we really

Attribution: Ecosystems
Outstanding in the Field - Episode 8 artwork
August 17, 2021

USGS Outstanding in the Field, Episode 8, Braving thin ice

This is the first in a special edition of Outstanding in the Field, the U.S. Geological Survey’s podcast series produced by the Ecosystems Mission Area. In this series we will be highlighting stories from the Alaska Voices podcast, a partnership between the U.S. Geological Survey’s Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.