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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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White River spinedace
November 18, 2020

White River spinedace

White River spinedace. Photo taken Wayne E. Kirch Wildlife Management Area, Lund, NV.

USGS PIT detection antenna, Flag Springs Complex, eastern Nevada
November 17, 2020

USGS passive integrated transponder (PIT) detection antenna

Passive integrated transponder detection antenna located in the Flag Springs Complex in eastern Nevada. This is the only place on earth where White River spinedace still exist.

White River spinedace
November 17, 2020

White River spinedace

White River spinedace. Photo taken Wayne E. Kirch Wildlife Management Area, Lund, NV.

White River desert sucker
November 17, 2020

White River desert sucker

White River desert sucker. Photo taken Wayne E. Kirch Wildlife Management Area, Lund, NV.

White River spinedace
November 16, 2020

White River spinedace

White River spinedace. Photo taken Wayne E. Kirch Wildlife Management Area, Lund, NV.

November 12, 2020

Climate Adaptation to Support Amphibian Conservation in U.S. Caribbean

Climate change will strongly affect tropical island ecosystems. The risks of significant negative impacts are likely to be higher in these island systems than in many temperate regions of the world because of the limited size of their land masses, high numbers of species that only exist in narrowly defined regions, and expectations that tropical environments will

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November 6, 2020

Department of the Interior Bison Conservation Initiative 2020

Bison
Since the late 19th century, the Department of the Interior, in collaboration with others, has been a leader in shared conservation stewardship of bison and manages...

  • 11,000 plains bison
  • 19 herds
  • On 4.6 million acres of the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, & Bureau of Land Management
  • In 12 states
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Attribution: Ecosystems
Chiropterologist coloring page
October 28, 2020

Chiropterologist coloring page

Chiropterologist coloring page.

Attribution: Ecosystems
wind turbines in a dessert landscape
October 27, 2020

Wind turbines in California

Wind turbines at the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Resource Area north of Palm Springs in California.

Graziella (Grace) DiRenzo Assistant Unit Leader of Wildlife in Massachusetts
October 26, 2020

Grace is a quantitative ecologist

Graziella (Grace) grew up in Hamden, CT, the daughter of immigrants from Italy and Colombia. She has an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Biography

Dr. DiRenzo is a quantitative ecologist interested in exploring the effects of disturbance

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October 22, 2020

100 Years of Service to Migratory Bird Conservation in North America

This year, the USGS is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of their Bird Banding Laboratory and a century of advancing avian conservation science. Banding is one of the oldest and most important techniques used for studying individual birds. John Tautin, former Chief of the Bird Banding Lab and co-author of Bird Banding in North America: The First Hundred Years, will join