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Year Published: 2016

Paying the pipers: Mitigating the impact of anticoagulant rodenticides on predators and scavengers

Anticoagulant rodenticides, mainly second-generation forms, or SGARs, dominate the global market for rodent control. Introduced in the 1970s to counter genetic resistance in rodent populations to first-generation compounds such as warfarin, SGARs are extremely toxic and highly effective killers. However, their tendency to persist and accumulate in...

Elliott, John E.; Rattner, Barnett A.; Shore, Richard F.; van den Brink, Nico W.
Elliott, J.E., B.A. Rattner, R.F. Shore, and N. van den Brink. 2016. Paying the pipers: mitigating the impact of anticoagulant rodenticides on predators and scavengers. BioScience. 66:401-407.

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Quantitative evidence for the effects of multiple drivers on continental-scale amphibian declines

Since amphibian declines were first proposed as a global phenomenon over a quarter century ago, the conservation community has made little progress in halting or reversing these trends. The early search for a “smoking gun” was replaced with the expectation that declines are caused by multiple drivers. While field observations and...

Grant, Evan H. Campbell; Miller, David A. W.; Schmidt, Benedikt R.; Adams, M.J.; Amburgey, Staci M.; Chambert, Thierry A.; Cruickshank, Sam S.; Fisher, Robert N.; Green, David M.; Hossack, Blake R.; Johnson, Pieter T.J.; Joseph, Maxwell B.; Rittenhouse, Tracy A. G.; Ryan, Maureen E.; Waddle, J. Hardin; Walls, Susan C.; Bailey, Larissa L.; Fellers, Gary M.; Gorman, Thomas A.; Ray, Andrew M.; Pilliod, David S.; Price, Steven J.; Saenz, Daniel; Sadinski, Walt; Muths, Erin L.

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Potential effects of sea-level rise on the depth to saturated sediments of the Sagamore and Monomoy flow lenses on Cape Cod, Massachusetts

In 2014, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, the Cape Cod Commission, and the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, began an evaluation of the potential effects of sea-level rise on water table altitudes and depths to water on central and western Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Increases in atmospheric and...

Walter, Donald A.; McCobb, Timothy D.; Masterson, John P.; Fienen, Michael N.
Walter, D.A., McCobb, T.D., Masterson, J.P., and Fienen, M.N., 2016, Potential effects of sea-level rise on the depth to saturated sediments of the Sagamore and Monomoy flow lenses on Cape Cod, Massachusetts (ver. 1.1, October 18, 2016): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5058, 55 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165058.

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Population trends for North American winter birds based on hierarchical models

Managing widespread and persistent threats to birds requires knowledge of population dynamics at large spatial and temporal scales. For over 100 yrs, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) has enlisted volunteers in bird monitoring efforts that span the Americas, especially southern Canada and the United States. We employed a Bayesian...

Soykan, Candan U.; Sauer, John R.; Schuetz, Justin G.; LeBaron, Geoffrey S.; Dale, Kathy; Langham, Gary M.

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Sensitivity of Pliocene Arctic climate to orbital forcing, atmospheric CO2 and sea ice albedo parameterisation

General circulation model (GCM) simulations of the mid-Pliocene Warm Period (mPWP, 3.264 to 3.025 Myr ago) do not reproduce the magnitude of Northern Hemisphere high latitude surface air and sea surface temperature (SAT and SST) warming that proxy data indicate. There is also large uncertainty regarding the state of sea ice cover in the mPWP....

Howell, Fergus W.; Haywood, Alan M.; Dowsett, Harry J.; Pickering, Steven J.

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Decadal-scale export of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment from the Susquehanna River basin, USA: Analysis and synthesis of temporal and spatial patterns

The export of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and suspended sediment (SS) is a long-standing management concern for the Chesapeake Bay watershed, USA. Here we present a comprehensive evaluation of nutrient and sediment loads over the last three decades at multiple locations in the Susquehanna River basin (SRB), Chesapeake's largest tributary...

Zhang, Qian; Ball, William P.; Moyer, Douglas L.

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Ephemerality of discrete methane vents in lake sediments

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas whose emission from sediments in inland waters and shallow oceans may both contribute to global warming and be exacerbated by it. The fraction of methane emitted by sediments that bypasses dissolution in the water column and reaches the atmosphere as bubbles depends on the mode and spatiotemporal characteristics...

Scandella, Benjamin P.; Pillsbury, Liam; Weber, Thomas; Ruppel, Carolyn D.; Hemond, Harold F.; Juanes, Ruben
Scandella, B. P., L. Pillsbury, T. Weber, C. Ruppel, H. F. Hemond, and R. Juanes (2016), Ephemerality of discrete methane vents in lake sediments, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, doi:10.1002/2016GL068668.

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Streamflow, water quality and constituent loads and yields, Scituate Reservoir drainage area, Rhode Island, water year 2014

Streamflow and concentrations of sodium and chloride estimated from records of specific conductance were used to calculate loads of sodium and chloride during water year (WY) 2014 (October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014) for tributaries to the Scituate Reservoir, Rhode Island. Streamflow and water-quality data used in the study were collected...

Smith, Kirk P.
Smith, K.P., 2016, Streamflow, water quality, and constituent loads and yields, Scituate Reservoir drainage area, Rhode Island, water year 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1051, 31 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161051.

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Hydrologic and hydraulic analyses for the Black Fork Mohican River Basin in and near Shelby, Ohio

Hydrologic and hydraulic analyses were done for selected reaches of five streams in and near Shelby, Richland County, Ohio. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, conducted these analyses on the Black Fork Mohican River and four tributaries: Seltzer Park Creek, Seltzer Park Tributary,...

Huitger, Carrie A.; Ostheimer, Chad J.; Koltun, G.F.
Huitger, C.A, Ostheimer, C.J., and Koltun, G.F., 2016, Hydrologic and hydraulic analyses for the Black Fork Mohican River Basin in and near Shelby, Ohio: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5187, 39 p., 2 appendixes, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155187.

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Sediment chemistry and toxicity in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey: Pre- and post-Hurricane Sandy, 2012–13

Hurricane Sandy made landfall in Barnegat Bay, October, 29, 2012, damaging shorelines and infrastructure. Estuarine sediment chemistry and toxicity were investigated before and after to evaluate potential environmental health impacts and to establish post-event baseline sediment-quality conditions. Trace element ...

Romanok, Kristin M. ; Szabo, Zoltan; Reilly, Timothy J.; Defne, Zafer; Ganju, Neil K.

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Female gonadal hormones and reproductive behaviors as key determinants of successful reproductive output of breeding whooping cranes (Grus americana)

Reproductive success of endangered whooping cranes (Grus americana) maintained ex situ is poor. As part of an effort to identify potential causes of poor reproductive success in a captive colony, we used non-invasive endocrine monitoring to assess gonadal and adrenal steroids of bird pairs with various reproductive outcomes and evaluated...

Brown, Megan E; Converse, Sarah J.; Chandler, Jane N.; Shafer, Charles; Brown, Janine L; Keefer, Carol L; Songsasen, Nucharin
Brown, M. E., Converse, S. J., Chandler, J. N., Shafer, C., Brown, J. L., Keefer, C. L., and Songsasen, N., 2016, Female gonadal hormones and reproductive behaviors as key determinants of successful reproductive output of breeding Whooping Cranes (Grus americana): General and Comparative Endocrinology, v. 230-231, p. 158-165.

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Best practices in passive remote sensing VNIR hyperspectral system hardware calibrations

Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) is an exciting and rapidly expanding area of instruments and technology in passive remote sensing. Due to quickly changing applications, the instruments are evolving to suit new uses and there is a need for consistent definition, testing, characterization and calibration. This paper seeks to outline a broad prescription...

Jablonski, Joseph; Durell, Christopher; Slonecker, E. Terrence; Wong, Kwok ; Simon, Blair; Eichelberger, Andrew; Osterberg, Jacob
Jablonski, J., Durell, C., Slonecker, T., Wang, K., Simon, B., Eichelberger, A. and Osterberg, J., 2016, May. Best practices in passive remote sensing VNIR hyperspectral system hardware calibrations. In SPIE Commercial+ Scientific Sensing and Imaging (pp. 986004-986004). International Society for Optics and Photonics.

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fog and pilings in a river
October 16, 2007

Early morning fog and pilings at Oswego River near Phoenix, NY

Early morning fog  and pilings at Oswego River near Phoenix, NY -  index velocity gaging station

USGS boat sitting on a river with trees on bank
June 5, 2007

USGS boat on Hudson River

USGS scientist in a boat on the Hudson River

rocks and boulders in a stream in a forest
May 9, 2007

Onondaga Lake basin model

Rural land type simulated by the Onondaga Lake basin model

Image: Snow Falls - Maine
April 17, 2007

Snow Falls - Maine

As the Little Androscoggin River flows through western Maine it eventually reaches Snow Falls, a 25 ft cascading waterfall in the town of West Paris. 

This photo was taken during a high flow event at the falls. The USGS monitors the Little Androscoggin River upstream of the falls at station 01057000

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large leafless tree in middle of floodwaters of Onondaga Creek
March 15, 2007

Flooding along West Branch Onondaga Creek near South Onondaga

Flooding along West Branch Onondaga Creek near South Onondaga.