Unified Interior Regions

Montana

Welcome to the Midwest Region! Our region includes 18 Science Centers in 11 States from the Great Lakes to the Dakotas, south to Missouri and Kentucky. Our streamgage network is used to monitor and assess water resources across the region. Other research focuses on fisheries and aquatic ecosystems, midcontinental plant/animal species, invasive species, wildlife disease, and energy and mining.

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK)

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK)

Scientists from the Center work in the northern Rocky Mountains and across the U.S. Many work throughout the world on issues as diverse as global climate change, aquatic ecology, wildlife diseases, bison ecology, and large carnivores.

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Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center

Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center

The Water Science Center's hydrologists, engineers, geospatial analysts, hydrologic technicians, geologists, and support staff work to provide hydrologic data and interpretive studies.

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Date published: March 2, 2016

Integrated bioassessment of imperiled alpine aquatic ecosystems using NPS vital signs and USGS research data: Implications for conservation under a warming climate

Climate warming in the mid- to high-latitudes and high-elevation mountainous regions is occurring more rapidly than anywhere else on Earth, causing extensive loss of glaciers and snowpack. The loss of glaciers in Glacier National Park (GNP) is iconic of the combined impacts of global warming and reduced snowpack−all remaining 25 glaciers are predicted to disappear by 2030. These changes will...

Date published: March 2, 2016

Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO)

Monitors and studies the active geologic processes and hazards of the Yellowstone Plateau volcanic field and its caldera. Yellowstone National Park contains the largest and most diverse collection of natural thermal features in the world. YVO also monitors volcanic activity in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico.

Date published: March 1, 2016

Radar Technology - A Tool for Understanding Migratory Aerofauna

Understanding the factors affecting migratory bird and bat populations during all three phases of their life cycle—breeding, non-breeding, and migration—is critical to species conservation planning. This includes the need for information about these species’ responses to natural challenges, as well as information about the impact of human activities that alter resources critical to migrants...

Contacts: Robb Diehl
Date published: March 1, 2016
Status: Active

Evaluation of alternative dam operations on the movement and habitat use of bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout

The goal of this project is to quantify the operational impacts of Hungry Horse Dam on native bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout in the upper Flathead River system, Montana.

Date published: May 15, 2015
Status: Completed

Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative: Rocky Mountain Region

Decline of amphibian populations worldwide has prompted an international effort to determine causes of decline in various locations and ecosytems. Some causes which have been suggested include habitat alteration, introduced species, disease, and environmental stressors such as ultraviolet radiation, agricultural chemicals in groundwater, and contaminants in atmospheric deposition. The ...

Date published: September 30, 2007
Status: Completed

USGS Abandoned Mine Lands Initiative

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) conducted an Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Initiative during the fiscal years 1997 through 2001 to provide technical assistance in support of Federal Land Management Agency (FLMA) actions to remediate contamination associated with abandoned hard rock mining activities. This initiative was part of a larger strategy by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U....

Date published: September 29, 2007
Status: Completed

The Plan | USGS Abandoned Mine Lands Initiative

This is a section of the USGS Abandoned Mine Lands Initative (AMLI) site.

A Plan for the USGS Abandoned Mine Lands Initiative, 1997 - 2001

Prepared by: The USGS Initiative Implementation Team, and the Colorado and Montana Watershed Teams

Date published: September 27, 2007
Status: Completed

Boulder River Study Area | USGS Abandoned Mine Lands Initiative

This is a section of the USGS Abandoned Mine Lands Initative (AMLI) site.

Boulder River Watershed, Montana Study Area

Date published: March 4, 2007
Status: Completed

Headwaters Province - Idaho and Montana: Earth Science Studies in Support of Public Policy Development and Land Stewardship

The Headwaters Province project provided geoscience data and interpretations to the Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMA) that were basic to sound policy and land-stewardship practices. 

Date published: November 15, 2001
Status: Archived

SAGEMAP

A GIS Database for Sage-grouse and Shrubsteppe Management in the Intermountain West

Contacts: Steve Hanser
Date published: October 1, 2001
Status: Completed

Water-Quality Sampling at Five Hydrologic Benchmark Stations in the Western United States

The Hydrologic Benchmark Network (HBN) was established in 1963 to provide  Swiftwater Creek, MT long-term measurements of streamflow and water quality in areas of the United States that are minimally affected by human activities. Historically, the HBN has used a fixed-interval sampling strategy, however other more robust sampling strategies are now available. Trend networks, for example, can...

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Image: Montana Ultrasound
June 14, 2012

Montana Ultrasound

A large male pallid sturgeon captured by the USGS on the Yellowstone River is scanned with a portable ultrasound device to determine if it is “ripe” and ready to reproduce.

Headwaters of Clear Creek, Lower Clark Fork watershed
June 11, 2012

Headwaters of Clear Creek, Lower Clark Fork watershed

Headwaters of Clear Creek, Lower Clark Fork watershed

January 30, 2012

Mange in Wolves of Yellowstone National Park

This video describes USGS research utilizing remote thermal imaging cameras to study the extent and impact of mange on wolves in Yellowstone National Park.

Wetland at Medicine Lake NWR
November 1, 2011

Salt-tolerant Salicornia Rubra in wetland at Medicine Lake NWR

Wetland at Medicine Lake National Wildflie Refuge. Salt-tolerant Salicornia Rubra (saltwort or pickleweed) in foreground.
 

Wetland at Medicine Lake NWR
November 1, 2011

Wetland at Medicine Lake NWR

Wetland at Medicine Lake NWR

Flaring shale gas with full moon at Medicine Lake NWR.
November 1, 2011

Flaring shale gas with full moon at Medicine Lake NWR.

Flaring shale gas with full moon at Medicine Lake NWR.

USGS hydrologist Rod Caldwell observed by cows at O'Fallon Creek near Mildred, Montana
October 26, 2011

USGS hydrologist Rod Caldwell observed by cows at O'Fallon Creek near

USGS hydrologist Rod Caldwell observed by cows at O'Fallon Creek near Mildred, Montana

O'Fallon Creek near Mildred, Montana
September 23, 2011

O'Fallon Creek near Mildred, Montana

Photo of O'Fallon Creek near Mildred, Montana taken for the Montana Fisheries project.

Pine Creek tributary to O'Fallon Creek near Mildred, Montana
September 20, 2011

Pine Creek tributary to O'Fallon Creek near Mildred, Montana

Pine Creek tributary to O'Fallon Creek near Mildred, Montana

Montana State University fisheries biologist Bob Bramblett at a pool along a tributary to O'Fallon Creek near Mildred, Montana
September 20, 2011

Montana State University fisheries biologist Bob Bramblett at a pool

Montana State University fisheries biologist Bob Bramblett at a pool along a tributary to O'Fallon Creek near Mildred, Montana

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK)

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK)

Scientists from the Center work in the northern Rocky Mountains and across the U.S. Many work throughout the world on issues as diverse as global climate change, aquatic ecology, wildlife diseases, bison ecology, and large carnivores.

Go to NOROCK

Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center

Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center

The Water Science Center's hydrologists, engineers, geospatial analysts, hydrologic technicians, geologists, and support staff work to provide hydrologic data and interpretive studies.

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