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October 30, 2009

American kestrels are extremely susceptible to highly pathogenic avian influenza, indicating that other endangered and threatened raptors may also be at risk if the virus reaches North America.
In a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study, all kestrels inoculated with highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 died within seven days of inoculation, regardless of the virus dose.

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October 19, 2009

USGS and the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) formally announced their request for proposals to support the 2010 National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Cooperative Agreements Program (CAP). With over $1.3 million spread across seven categories, the 2010 NSDI CAP will award an estimated 31 innovative projects in the geospatial data community.

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September 23, 2009

Keeping up with plants: the challenge for Arctic geese: A large-scale redistribution of geese seems to be occurring in boreal and tundra ecosystems, perhaps because of the changing balance and distribution of the plants they eat.

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September 23, 2009

The U. S. Geological Survey has crews measuring the historic flooding in many parts of Georgia, especially in north Georgia and the Atlanta region. The USGS has deployed field crews to help repair more than 20 stream gages that were destroyed from the flooding. Crews are rushing to install temporary gages and make streamflow measurements to provide real-time flood information to emergency managers

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September 4, 2009

The U.S. Geological Survey will award up to $500,000 in grants and cooperative agreements for universities to help produce geologic maps for the nation. EDMAP is sponsored by the USGS and is the nation's sole program to fund geologic mapping. This is a congressionally mandated matching-funds program, meaning every federal dollar awarded is matched with university funds.

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August 31, 2009

The American Fisheries Society (AFS) is holding its 139th Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., from Aug. 30-Sept. 3. This year's meeting theme is "Diversity – the Foundation of Fisheries and of AFS: Are We Gaining Ground?" Below are highlights from U.S. Geological Survey research presentations at the conference.

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August 20, 2009

USGS continues to expand its free web-enabled archive of earth observation data by including over 83,000 additional satellite images from NASA's Earth Observing -1 (EO-1) satellite.

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August 20, 2009

Online predictions for stream concentrations of atrazine, one of the most heavily used herbicides in the United States, are now available as interactive maps and graphs for streams across the country, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study highlighted today at the summer meeting of the American Chemistry Society in Washington, D.C.

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August 20, 2009

A new book demystifies bats and eliminates many myths surrounding rabies and other related infections. Bat Rabies and Other Lyssavirus Infections, combines current science about bat rabies with rich illustrations and personal stories from the field. The author, Denny G. Constantine, is widely considered one of the world's foremost authorities on rabies.

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August 10, 2009

The U.S. Geological Survey will award up to $250,000 in grants for mineral resource research in 2010 through its Mineral Resources External Research Program.

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July 29, 2009

The USGS National Geospatial Program, announces the release of the Geospatial One-Stop (GOS) Search Widget, a small utility that can be easily embedded in any Web page. The Search Widget will enable users to search, identify, view, download and mash-up Web map services currently published in the intergovernmental Geodata.gov geospatial data catalog.

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July 24, 2009

A new map of standardized, terrestrial ecosystems of the conterminous United States will help researchers and land resource managers better understand the types and locations of ecosystems on the landscape.