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Date published: January 21, 2009

Food Choices and Location Influence California Sea Otter Exposure to Disease

Tree death rates have more than doubled over the last few decades in old-growth forests of the western United States, and the most probable cause of the worrisome trend is regional warming, according to a U.S. Geological Survey-led (USGS) study published in Science on January 23.
The study found that the increase in dying trees has been pervasive. 

Date published: January 20, 2009

Valuable Data Gathered as Fifteen More Fishers Are Released in Olympic National Park

Fifteen fishers were released yesterday within the Skokomish, Hoh, and Queets valleys of Olympic National Park, bringing the total number of reintroduced animals to 47. Access limitations caused by recent snow and floods created logistical challenges for the people involved, but apparently not for the fishers as they bounded from their cages and ran into the forest.

Date published: January 15, 2009

Results of Landmark Montana Grizzly Bear Study Now Available

With an estimated population of 765, the genetic health of grizzly bears in northwest Montana is good, according to a study recently released in the publication Journal of Wildlife Management.

Date published: January 13, 2009

Guam Rainfall and Stream-Flow Data Improves Flood-Hazard Notification

Real-time stream flow and rainfall data for selected sites on Guam is now available online from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Pacific Islands Water Science Center Web site. This information is useful for emergency responders and local government to forecast potential flooding events and minimize the risk to human safety and property.

Date published: January 5, 2009

Mixed News on Mercury in Indiana’s Water

Rain and snow falling in Indiana contains less mercury than it did in years past. Yet some of the state's major waterways have mercury levels that could be harmful to humans and wildlife.

Date published: December 18, 2008

Presidential Rank Award -- Top Federal Honor -- Given to USGS Scientist Julio Betancourt

Dr. Julio Betancourt, a U.S. Geological Survey senior scientist, was recently awarded a prestigious 2008 Presidential Rank Award. Betancourt, who has conducted groundbreaking research in how climate variability affects ecosystems, is also an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona, where he received his graduate degrees.


Date published: December 18, 2008

Presidential Rank Award -- Top Federal Honor -- Given to USGS Deputy Director Robert Doyle

U.S. Geological Survey Deputy Director Robert Doyle has been selected as a Distinguished recipient of the Presidential Rank Award, a prestigious award that commends outstanding leadership and long-term accomplishments.

Date published: December 17, 2008

Restoration of Native Mammal Continues in Olympic National Park as Biologists Prepare to Reintroduce 15 Fishers This Weekend

Collaborative Project Enters Its Second Year as 15 More Animals Join Population Reintroduced Last Winter

At least 15 fishers will be released at remote sites within the Elwha, Sol Duc and Hoh valleys of Olympic National Park this weekend, adding to the fisher population that was reintroduced last winter and moving closer to the goal of establishing an initial population of 100 animals.


Date published: December 16, 2008

Some Pollutants Declining in Willamette and Columbia Rivers

The Willamette, a large river associated with 70 percent of the population of Oregon, is getting cleaner in regard to some persistent toxic pollutants that are a legacy of past management practices. A 257-mile portion of the Columbia River between Umatilla, Oregon, and Skamokawa, Washington, is also showing a similar trend.

Date published: December 12, 2008

USGS Science at AGU Climate Change, Floods, Northern Forests, Coral Reefs, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Mercury and More

Wading through thousands of abstracts at the American Geophysical Union Conference can be a daunting task.

News media representatives are invited to visit the USGS booth in the AGU Exhibit Hall. Our exhibit highlights Earth observations from space, climate change, and developing a U.S. water census. This is an easy place to connect with USGS data, publications, and information.

Date published: December 2, 2008

Maps Wrap Up Holiday Gifts

The Map Store @ USGS is offering free maps to customers for use as holiday wrapping paper.

Date published: December 2, 2008

Traces of Pharmaceuticals and Household Chemicals Found in Northeast Ohio Streams

That morning cup of coffee, the medicines we take, the soaps and shampoos we use, household cleaners, pesticides and a host of chemicals.... What do they have in common?  They all eventually end up in the environment.