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Toxins and Seabirds
Graphic for Chesapeake Bay Activities Coastal Habitats and Waterbirds theme
Graphic for Chesapeake Bay Activities Coastal Habitats and Waterbirds theme from USGS Chesapeake Science Strategy 2021-2025
Red-winged blackbirds flying out of a marsh in Huron Wildlife Management District.
Repeat photograph of a beach along the Colorado River taken in 1983 that is a match to an EC LaRue USGS 1923 Birdseye Expedition image
A USGS repeat photograph that is a match to an E.C. LaRue USGS image from 1923, taken during the Birdseye Expedition, prior to Glen Canyon Dam. Note the increase in vegetation in this image. The 1923 image was taken along the Colorado River, at River Mile 197, from the left bank, and repeat images were taken by the USGS in 1972, 1983, 1994, and 2016.
Cinnamon teal locations from GPS-GSM tracked birds
Locations of GPS-GSM tracked cinnamon teal between April 2017 and August 2021.
Since 2017, USGS scientists have tagged more than 200 cinnamon teal with lightweight, solar-powered GPS-GSM transmitters, which the ducks wear like backpacks. The GPS transmitters produce near real-time data on where the birds go and what kinds of habitats they use.
Shorebirds on Gunn Island
Black Skimmer adults with young, Gunn Island. Gunn Island is dredge material island constructed in the Baptiste Collette Bayou near Venice, Louisiana.
A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker's wing and the "Identifiation Guide to North American Birds" by Peter Pyle
A bander examine's the wing of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, using Peter Pyle's book "Identification Guide to North American Birds" to age and sex the individual.
Shorebirds on Gunn Island
Caspian Tern adult with young on Gunn Island. Gunn Island is dredge material island constructed in the Baptiste Collette Bayou near Venice, Louisiana.
Graham birds from a duckie.
Graham birds from a duckie. USGS isn't only geology and Graham isn't only a geologist!
The State of the Birds Report 2011
Each year the State of the Birds report focuses attention on conservation issues that impact bird populations in the United States.
Example tracks of breeding Hawaiian seabirds
Example GPS tracks of breeding Hawaiian seabirds from breeding colonies in main Hawaiian Islands. Inset map shows close up of example tracks from colonies on Kauʻi.
Survival of translocated sharp-tailed grouse: Temporal threshold and age effects
Avian cholera in eider ducks in Maine
Survival of translocated sharp-tailed grouse: Temporal threshold and age effectsContext: The Columbian sharp-tailed grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus columbianus) is a subspecies of conservation concern in the western United States, currently occupying ≤10% of its historic range. Land and management agencies are employing translocation techniques to restore Columbian sharp-tailed grouse (CSTG) populations. However, establishing self-sustaining populations by translocating grouAuthorsSteven R. Mathews, Peter S. Coates, David J. Delehanty
Avian cholera in eider ducks in MaineOutbreaks of avian cholera (Pasteurella multocida) occur frequently in common eiders (Somateria mollissima dresseri) in Maine during early summer. Studies over a seven year period show that over 90% of the loss occurred in incubating females and might be associated with their weakened condition because females and might be associated with their weakened condition because females do not feed duringAuthorsCarl E. Korschgen, Harold C. Gibbs, H. L. Mendall