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One of the major strengths of the Northeast Area is the enthusiasm and commitment of our scientists to produce the type of high quality science that the USGS is known for. Working together with our partners across the nation, we have the ability to provide complete, integrated and holistic environmental information that will produce the best results that we can achieve.

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Vultures unintentionally ingested diclofenac when scavenging livestock treated shortly before death.
Date Published: September 19, 2016
Status: Completed

Toxicity of the Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Diclofenac

One of the hallmarks of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) is the difficulty in predicting potentially toxic effects.Diclofenac is one such NSAID that devastated Asian vulture populations when they fed upon carcasses of livestock treated with the NSAID diclofenac.Because these drugs are widely used, we studied the potential hazard of diclofenac in New World vultures.

Study of toxicity of PBDE flame retardants in various bird embryos
Date Published: September 19, 2016
Status: Completed

Toxicity of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers and Other Flame Retardants to Wildlife

Flame retardants are a class of commonly used household and industrial products.  Because of widespread use, there is concern that their presence in the environment can potentially pose a hazard and risk to wildlife. 

Contaminant Exposure and Effects—Terrestrial Vertebrates (CEE-TV) Database Homepage
Date Published: September 19, 2016
Status: Completed

Contaminant Exposure and Effects—Terrestrial Vertebrates (CEE-TV) Database Summary Findings for Trust Resources in U.S. Coastal Habitats

Scientists and natural resource managers often seek information on the effects various environmental stressors on wildlife.To facilitate this activity, we created a database focused on environmental contaminant exposure and adverse effects in wildlife residing in coastal and estuarine habitat.The Contaminant Exposure and Effects-Terrestrial Vertebrates database is searchable and relatively...

Projected CAWR range 2050
Date Published: September 2, 2016
Status: Active

Development of Robust Bird-based Climate Change Indicator

The Challenge: Appropriate ecological indicators of climate change can be used to measure concurrent changes in ecological systems, inform management decisions, and project the consequences of climate change. Breeding bird distributions are predicted to be sensitive to changes in climate, and could be useful climate-change indicators. We seek to develop robust bird-based, climate-change...

Radar Analysis of Bird Stopover Density
Date Published: September 2, 2016
Status: Active

Response of Migrating Birds to Hurricane Sandy

The Challaenge: Each autumn, millions of landbirds migrate southward from breeding areas in the U.S. and Canada. Because these migrations occur during hurricane season, the impacts of hurricanes on migrating birds and their en route resting and foraging sites (stopover sites) are a real concern. Hurricane Sandy occurred late in the landbird migration season. By the time the storm made landfall...

Contacts: Deanna Dawson
Radar used to see nocturnal birds migrating through the area
Date Published: September 2, 2016
Status: Active

Nocturnal Bird Migration through the Central Appalachians

The Challenge: Concerns have arisen about the potential impacts of wind power development in the Appalachians on migrating birds, creating a critical need for information on their distribution and flight characteristics as they pass through the region. This study focuses on the spatial and temporal distribution of nocturnally migrating birds in the Central Appalachians (MD, VA, WV). The...

Contacts: Deanna Dawson
Weather Radar Used to Detect Nocturnal Migratory Birds
Date Published: September 2, 2016
Status: Active

Radar Analysis of Fall Migration Stopover Sites in the Northeastern U.S.

The Challenge: Most landbird conservation efforts focus on protecting or enhancing breeding habitat. For migratory species, however, mortality is highest during the biannual migration periods. In fall, juvenile birds are making their first migratory flights; their success, and that of adult birds, depends on availability of suitable sites to safely rest and forage. Identifying important...

Contacts: Deanna Dawson
Historic lead mine in southeastern Missouri
Date Published: August 29, 2016
Status: Active

Poisoning of Migratory Birds at Contaminated Sites

The Challenge: The Department of the Interior (DOI) and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration are trustees for a wide variety natural resources that belong to all Americans. Additional natural resources are overseen by Native American tribes, states, and other federal agencies. Migratory birds are an example of a trust species for DOI, under the US Fish and Wildlife Service....

Migrating Seabird telemetry locations
Date Published: August 29, 2016
Status: Completed

Migration and Habitat Use by Seabirds in the Atlantic Flyway: Evaluation of Potential Impacts of Proposed Wind Farms

Overall, this study tracked movements of over 400 individuals of three species over the course of five years; one of the most comprehensive satellite tracking studies of marine birds ever conducted in Atlantic North America. Results provide a better understanding of how diving birds use offshore areas of the mid-Atlantic U.S. and beyond, and, in combination with results from other types of...

Surf Scoter:  Male surf scoter instrumented with silicone harnesses GSM transmitter being held by Sarah Fitzgerald.
Date Published: August 29, 2016
Status: Active

Effects of Dorsally Mounted Solar-powered Cellular GPS Transmitters on Diving and Foraging in Surf Scoters and Red-throated Loons

Several types of experimental attachment techniques were tested on each study species (Surf Scoters (Melanitta perspicillata), Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata), and Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)), including traditional Teflon-ribbon style harnesses, sutures, and harnesses made of silicone moulding. Silicone harnesses, which were deployed in 2014 and 2015,...

An adult female surf scoter resting in the water
Date Published: August 29, 2016
Status: Active

In-Air and Underwater Hearing Abilities of Seabirds

As diving foragers, sea ducks are vulnerable to underwater anthropogenic activities, including naval sonar activity and gillnet fisheries.  Bycatch in gillnets is a principle driver of mortality for sea ducks, killing hundreds of thousands of seabirds annually. To reduce gillnet bycatch, underwater hearing tests were conducted on affected sea duck species to assist with possible development of...

Contacts: Alicia Berlin, Ph.D., Glenn Olsen, Ph.D., Kathleen McGrew, Sara Crowell
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)
Date Published: August 29, 2016
Status: Completed

Vulnerability Assessment of Available Habitat for Wintering Black Ducks within the Refuge System in the Chesapeake Bay

American black duck (Anas rubripes) utilize inland and tidal freshwater and brackish marshes throughout the Chesapeake Bay and are considered to be an indicator species of the ecosystem’s health. Thus, conserving and increasing black duck habitats will subsequently benefit the general health of the bay. The goal of this study was to create a mechanistic model to determine the amount...

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2 people working with water quality equipment
June 13, 2016

Water-quality sampling on Long Island

USGS hydrologists Irene Fisher and Michael Como sample water quality on Long Island.

Joseph Levitt secures the new buoy off Weirs Beach, NH
June 10, 2016

Joseph Levitt secures the new buoy off Weirs Beach, NH

USGS scientist Joseph Levitt secured the new buoy, equipped to monitor water quality, at Weirs Beach on Lake Winnepesaukee, New Hampshire in June 2016. Photo: Sanborn Ward, USGS

Scientists deploy high-tech buoy in Lake Winnipesaukee
June 8, 2016

A new buoy for Lake Winnipesaukee

In June, USGS scientists deployed a new high tech buoy that will help determine when the water is safe for swimming at popular Weirs Beach on New Hampshire's Lake Winnepesaukee. Photo: Richard Kiah, USGS.

As US models predicted Hurricane Joaquin washed out a road at Kitty Hawk, NC in 2015.
June 1, 2016

Hurricane erodes N.C. road

As US models predicted Hurricane Joaquin washed out a road at Kitty Hawk, NC in 2015.

A long-tailed duck, two days old, standing. 
May 31, 2016

A long-tailed duck, 2 days old

A long-tailed duck, two days old, standing. 

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Staff on a Field Activity on the R/V Rafael
May 10, 2016

Field Activity 2016-005-FA North of Nantucket, MA

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center scientists aboard the RV Rafael prepare to launch the Mini SEABOSS just off of Nantucket!  The Mini SEABOSS collects samples, photos and video of the seafloor. 

Rope across creek that is securing an acoustic doppler device
April 20, 2016

New England WSC - Acoustic Doppler at Salmon Creek

New England WSC - Acoustic Doppler at Salmon Creek

New England WSC - Mystic Seaport
April 20, 2016

New England WSC - Mystic Seaport

New England Water Science Center - Mystic Seaport

April 18, 2016

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Image of the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Osprey Chicks on the James River
April 15, 2016

DDT nearly wiped out these birds, now they’re making a comeback

Washington Post article on the impacts of DDT on birds.

Discharge measurement at Moyer Creek stream gauging station
April 13, 2016

Discharge Measurement at Moyer Creek

USGS Hydrologist Travis Smith makes a wading (section-by-section) discharge measurement at Moyer Creek stream gauging station near Frankfort,  NY  to allow for better estimates of streamflow during ice-affected periods in winter.

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