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Biodiversity

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

White Sturgeon Hatch-Success Study Yields Clues to Restoration Strategy

The eggs of endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon are less likely to hatch on some of the surfaces that have been made more common by human, or anthropogenic, changes on the river, a new U.S. Geological Survey report has found.

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Researchers Deploy GIS to Monitor Endangered Wallaby

Researchers in Central Queensland are using cutting-edge spatial technology to better understand the role competition may play in the conservation of the endangered bridled nailtail wallaby.

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Tracking Bull Trout Movement in Idaho’s Arrowrock Reservoir

A new study released today details the migratory habits of a native and threatened population of bull trout in Arrowrock Reservoir, a critical source of irrigation water for southwestern Idaho.

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

World’s Oldest and Largest Species in Decline – IUCN Red List

The latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species shows worrying declines for conifers – the world’s oldest and largest organisms – freshwater shrimps, cone snails and the Yangtze Finless Porpoise. The Santa Cruz Pupfish, a lizard known as the Cape Verde Giant Skink and a species of freshwater shrimp have been declared

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Surprise Species at Risk from Climate Change

Most species at greatest risk from climate change are not currently conservation priorities, finds an IUCN study that introduces a pioneering method to assess the vulnerability of species to climate change. The paper, published in the journal PLOS ONE, is one of the biggest studies of its kind, assessing all of the world’s birds, amphibians

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

USGS Launches Interactive Online BIodiversity Map for the Nation

Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation or BISON is the only system of its kind; a unique, web-based Federal resource for finding species in the U. S. and territories.  Its size is unprecedented, offering more than 100 million mapped records of nearly every living species nationwide and growing. And the vast majority of the records are specific

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Global Warming May Have Severe Consequences for Rare Haleakala Silverswords

While the iconic Haleakalā silversword plant made a strong recovery from early 20th-century threats, it has now entered a period of substantial climate-related decline. New research published this week warns that global warming may have severe consequences for the silversword in its native habitat. 

Friday, December 7th, 2012

New Research Underscores Vulnerability of Wildlife in Low-Lying Hawaiian Islands

If current climate change trends continue, rising sea levels may inundate low-lying islands across the globe, placing island biodiversity at risk. A new U.S. Geological Survey scientific publication describes the first combined simulations of the effects of sea-level rise and wave action in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, offering the most detailed and multifaceted assessment available of

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Generates First Biodiversity Data Using EPA Exchange Network

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in cooperation with NatureServe has become the first agency in the nation to exchange biodiversity data using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Central Data Exchange. The state agency was awarded an EPA Exchange Network grant to create Internet-based applications for field biologists that allow them to enter species data

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

The Human Footprint in the West: A Large-scale Analysis of Anthropogenic Impacts

Humans have dramatically altered wildlands in the western United States over the past 100 years by using these lands and the resources they provide. Anthropogenic changes to the landscape, such as urban expansion and development of rural areas, influence the number and kinds of plants and wildlife that remain. In addition, western ecosystems are also

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