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USGS March science picks

We're 125 years old this month, and still going strong. And just to prove it, we're sending along top science story ideas to help ease the transition from winter to spring. This monthly collection can help you cover ongoing earth and natural science research and investigations at USGS--photos and web links are provided to enhance your story. If you are not receiving this and would like to, would...

Happy birthday USGS! 125 years of science for America

On March 3, 1879, the USGS was created by the Organic Act of the 45th Congress. The USGS was established as a logical extension of the territorial surveys that were led by King, Hayden, Wheeler, and Powell. In 1879, the Federal Government held title to more than 1.2 billion acres of land, nearly all of it west of the Mississippi River, and only 200 million acres of this land had been surveyed.....

USGS February science picks

February may be the shortest month, but we're packed with story ideas in this month's Science Picks. This monthly collection can help you cover ongoing earth and natural science research and investigations at USGS--photos and web links are provided to enhance your story. If you are not receiving this and would like to, would like to change the recipient, or no longer want to receive it, please em...

The President's FY 2005 budget for USGS highlights

The President has proposed a budget of $919.8 million for the Department of the Interior's (DOI) U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Fiscal Year 2005. The 2005 budget will emphasize core USGS science programs that focus on water resources and water availability, natural hazards, biology, information technology, and projects that support science on the DOI landscape that will assist land and natural...

USGS December science picks!

It's our holiday gift to you this year: a stocking-full of great science stories -- some of which are timely, some of which are evergreen -- but all are great leads to fill these otherwise barren winter months. This monthly collection can help you cover ongoing earth and natural science research and investigations at USGS--photos and web links are provided to enhance your story. ...Included this...

USGS to map richness of aquatic life in the Great Lakes

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and its cooperators are launching a 5-year study in the...Great Lakes basin to identify and map unprotected areas of substantial richness in aquatic animal...species, and to determine how free those habitats are from human disturbance. By locating the...places that support a full range of aquatic species, scientists hope to help decision makers identify...gaps an...

USGS finds mixing between California spotted owls and northern spotted owls

. . . A newly released United States Geological Survey paper indicates that a significant zone of genetic mixing is occurring between northern spotted owls and California spotted owls, particularly in extreme northern California and southern Oregon. . , suggest there is relatively little genetic diversity within the overall species relative to other bird species and that the genetic diversity w...

USGS issues wildlife health alert for foot-and-mouth disease

.Although no cases of foot-and-mouth (FMD) disease have been found in the United States, with the recent outbreaks in the European Union and South America, USGS wildlife health officials recently released a wildlife health alert. The alert advised natural resource and conservation managers that if foot-and-mouth disease were to arrive in the country, some wildlife species are susceptible to the...

President's FY 2002 budget for USGS -- contributions to energy security and America's environment

.The President has proposed a budget of $813 million for the Interior Departments U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Fiscal Year 2002. This budget request provides the same level of funding as 2000. The 2002 budget is approximately $70 million below 2001. The 2002 budget focuses resources on core USGS programs, such as mapping and hazards, and those that directly support better land and natural re...

USGS: Contaminants may play important role in California amphibian declines

.Scientists have confirmed that agricultural contaminants may be an important factor in amphibian declines in California. According to an article recently accepted by the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, a study by scientists of the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates that organophosphorus pesticides from agricultural areas, which are transported to...

USGS issues alert for deadly disease in birds

.A deadly bird disease, avian vacuolar myelinopathy (AVM), is affecting mallard ducks and coots on Woodlake in North Carolina; coots on Lake Juliette in central Georgia; and coots, bald eagles and -- for the first time -- a Canada goose on Strom Thurmond Lake on the border of South Carolina and Georgia. The disease has not previously been confirmed in Canada geese. Pathologists at the USGS Natio...

USGS director applauds FY 2001 appropriations

. . . . . . "I am pleased to announce that the FY 2001 appropriation provides a significant increase for the USGS. This increase comes as result of hard work by the Administration, Congress and our key constituents. It means that we will be able to expand and modernize our earthquake monitoring network in urban areas across the country; enhance our capability to monitor the quality of ground-...

USGS finds West Nile Virus in North Carolina crow

. . Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey in Madison, Wisc., confirmed today that a dead crow, found in Chatham County, N.C., near the town of Moncure died of the West Nile Virus. The finding marks the farthest south the virus has been identified. Moncure is about 40 miles southwest of Raleigh.. . North Carolina health officials announced the finding on Friday, October 20, 2000. Th...

USGS scientists warn: West Nile virus is on the move

. . Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey in Madison, Wisc., confirmed today that West Nile virus is on the move and is likely to head south. . . Dr. Robert McLean, director of the USGS National Wildlife Health Center in Madison said the virus, which has spread from the New York area south into Pennsylvania and Maryland, can now travel much further south and west because of the numbers and...

USGS scientists warn: West Nile Virus is on the move

. A nationwide press conference via the Internet and telephone with USGS researchers studying the West Nile Virus. . . Learn how the virus is on the move and could affect other parts of the country.. Discover what other species are affected (its more than just crows) and what that means for combating the virus. . Discuss new field work beginning Monday, October 2, in New York and New Jersey.....

USGS diagnoses causes of many US amphibian die-offs

.U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists are making headway in unraveling clues to the causes of massive die-offs of frogs and other amphibians. The agency announced today that a little-understood, emerging iridovirus disease associated with large die-offs of frogs and salamanders in the Midwest and the East has caused another recent die-off, in North Dakota. . .USGS wildlife pathologist D. E...

USGS reports increase of sea otters in recent survey

.The spring 2000 survey of 2,317 California sea otters indicates an overall increase by 10.9 percent since the 1999 spring survey of 2,090 individuals. This is the first overall increase observed since spring 1995, when the threatened population reached its highest number of 2,377 individuals. The breakdown of the 2000 survey shows a 13.8 percent increase in pups since spring 1999, and a 10.5 pe...

The hair of the bear: USGS releases grizzly bear numbers in Glacier National Park

.In a ground-breaking study that used DNA from bear hair to count bears without having to see them or to capture them, U.S.Geological Survey researchers have preliminary results showing that there are an estimated 437 grizzly bears in the northern third portion of the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem and an estimated 332 grizzly bears in Glacier National Park itself. . .Because of statisti...

A big whoop! Crane chicks will hatch on-line: Go to whoopers.USGS.gov

.WHAT: How do you help an endangered species return to the wild? One way is raise the young in captivity - while keeping them as wild as possible -- and then release them in the wild. You are invited to an online site to watch this actual journey unfold as whooping crane chicks hatch and grow. Some will live, but, as in nature, a few may die. The day-to-day lives of these endangered chicks will...

Upper Columbia River: Some fish contaminants decreasing, USGS study shows

.Biologists updating 1994 studies of contaminants in upper Columbia River .fish--including Lake Roosevelt--have found either decreases or no change .in levels of mercury, dioxins and furans, and PCBs, according to a report .released today by the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey..The report was prepared in cooperation with the Lake Roosevelt Water Quality .Council.. .Fish f...

New USGS research shows how land use affects amphibians

. . .New USGS research shows that rural areas and farms may be friendlier to frogs and toads than urban areas. Dr. Melinda Knutson, a conservation scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, said the research on frog and toad populations in two Midwestern states shows that frog and toad abundance and species richness were low in urban areas but near normal in agricultural areas. .<P...

USGS scientists find new population of Asian swamp eels in south Florida

. . . . . . . A new population of non-native Asian swamp eels, a highly adaptable predatory fish, has been found near the eastern border of Everglades National Park in the area of Homestead, Fla. According to the USGS biologists who discovered this new population in December, the eels appear to represent a separate introduction from previously discovered swamp eel populations in Georgia, north...

USGS seeks citzens of all ages to listen for frogs and toads

.Jay Chamberlin, a policy analyst with a local land trust in northern California, dons his boots and flashlight after hearing the first calls of Pacific treefrogs and makes his way to the small pond in his backyard. There, he will spend the next few minutes cupping his hands around his ears and counting the frogs he sees and hears.. .Mr. Chamberlin is one of hundreds of U.S. citizens who are cou...

Today's Science for America's Tomorrow: the USGS FY 2001 Budget

.The President has proposed a budget of $895 million for the Interior Department's U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Fiscal Year 2001. The FY 2001 budget reflects an $82 million net increase over FY 2000 enacted funding. . ."These increases will enable USGS to provide reliable scientific information and tools to help managers and policymakers accurately forecast tomorrow, for better decisions...

West Nile Virus may be new deadly strain, USGS tells Congress

. . Recent crow die-offs suggest the West Nile virus which emerged in New York in late August could be. more deadly to North American bird species than to species in Africa, the Middle East and Europe,. where the virus is normally found, a USGS scientist reported today at a congressional field hearing. held in Connecticut by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.. . Dr. Robert...

USGS reports that West Nile virus goes beyond crows

. . . NOTE TO EDITORS: Dr. Robert G. McLean, Director of the USGS National .Wildlife Health Center, Madison, Wis., will testify at a congressional .field hearing on the West Nile virus, slated for Thursday, November 18, at .11 a.m., at Fairfield University, Fairfield, Conn. The hearing will be in .the School of Business Dining Hall. Dr. McLean will be availab...

On the floor of the sea: USGS biologists search for rare, white abalone

. NOTE: If you are interested in an Oct. 19 media event on this subject (in.Channel Islands National Park, Calif.), please see the media advisory at. .. .White abalone - 1,000 to 5,000 per acre - were easy to find in the early 1970s.around the Channel Islands off California's southern coast. But by the late.1970s, intense commercial and recreational harvesting made the abalone as.difficult to lo...

USGS designs fishway for Little Falls Dam

... ............ Note to Editors: After a ceremonial dam-breaking on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 10:30...a.m., USGS scientists will be available for interviews on anadromous fish, river...engineering, Potomac river flow and drought; photo opportunities will exist...during demonstrations of the working fishway model. Directions at end of press...advisory. ... ...Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt joins f...

When the shaking stopped, the work began - for USGS scientists

.When their offices and homes began shaking at 5:04 p.m., Oct. 17, 1989,.earthquake scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, Calif.,.were as surprised as anyone. But when the shaking stopped and they.realized that this was "a big one," many of those scientists knew that they.were beginning the most challenging and rewarding years of their careers..The past 10 years have lived up...

USGS biologists tracking West Nile-like virus in birds

.Wildlife biologists from the U.S. Geological Survey, in partnership with other.federal, state and local agencies are studying the newly discovered West.Nile-like virus which has been blamed for the deaths of three people in New York.City and the deaths of many birds in the city and surrounding areas. . .On Wednesday, USGS wildlife biologists issued a Wildlife Health Alert to federal.and state...

USGS finds elevated levels of organochlorine pesticides in Aleutian bald eagles

. . . . Elevated levels of organochlorine pesticides such as DDE have been . associated with low reproduction of nesting bald eagles on remote . islands in the seemingly pristine Aleutian Archipelago in Alaska, . according to recent research published in the September issue of the . journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.. . Organochlorines are ch...

USGS scientists tracking environmental damage from Floyd

.While much of eastern North Carolina remains under water, U.S. Geological Survey.scientists and hydrologic technicians are boating over rooftops, submerged cars,.and bridges and roads topped by deep water to collect data and determine the.amount of environmental damage done by Hurricane Floyd's heavy rains. . .USGS scientists from South Carolina to New York are sampling water from flooded.areas...

USGS responds to Hurricane Floyd in Virginia

.Heavy rains have occurred as Floyd moved into eastern and central Virginia..Currently, streamflows in some rivers in southeastern Virginia are already above.flood stage. These include the Meherrin, Nottoway, and Blackwater Rivers..Numerous smaller streams in these areas are also causing local flooding.. .Last night and early this morning, USGS personnel in Virginia headed out in vans.packed wit...

USGS studies wildfire ecology in the western United States

. . . .Dr. Craig Allen, a USGS research ecologist with the Midcontinent Ecological Science Center, is speaking of the New Mexico forest ecosystems he knows best, but his words apply equally well to most of western North America. "If you're trying to understand past and present patterns on the landscape," Allen says, "first of all you need to know something about fire.". .From the n...

USGS releases assessment of nation's biological resources

.The common theme of a report detailing the first large-scale assessment of the.health and status and trends of the nation's biological resources is that across.the United States land use, water use and invasive species are the three factors.most responsible for reported and often dramatic declines in the country's.plants, animals and ecosystems, said Dr. Charles G. "Chip" Groat, director of.th...

USGS fire research in the southeast

.Wildfires have long played a key role in structuring ecosystems and plant.communities in the southeastern United States. From the coastal prairie of Texas.and Louisiana to the marshes and pinelands of Florida, many native species have.adapted to a natural regime of frequent wildfire caused by lightning strikes. In.addition, fires set by Native Americans and European settlers have influenced.veg...

USGS prepares for Hurricane Floyd in Massachusetts and Rhode Island

.Hurricane Floyd is expected to bring significant amounts of rain to.Massachusetts and Rhode Island on Thursday and Friday. During this.storm event the U.S. Geological Survey will have 8 teams in the field.making high-flow measurements at USGS stream-gaging sites on 30 rivers.in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This information will be used to.ensure that the most accurate measurements possible...

USGS issues wildlife health alert: Chytrid fungus infection

.Recent deaths of endangered boreal toads in one of the largest remaining .populations in the southern Rocky Mountains have been linked to a chytrid .fungus identified last year as being responsible for amphibian die-offs in .Central America and Australia, according to pathologists at the USGS .National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis. . .Sick and dying toads in the Colorado population we...

USGS scientists tracking Hurricane Bret's effects

... .........Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey in Texas are working with local,...state and federal officials to provide near real-time flood data in the wake of...Hurricane Bret to emergency managers and others who then use the data to make...decisions on evacuations and water management. ... ...As Bret struck the Texas coast Sunday evening, real-time streamflow gages...tracked storm r...

USGS scientist receives award for brucellosis research in Greater Yellowstone Area

. . . . . U.S. Geological Survey scientist Dr. Thomas J. Roffe received the . Department of the Interior's Superior Service Award for his . outstanding contributions to wildlife health and natural resources . management in the Greater Yellowstone Area during a recent meeting of . the Greater Yellowstone Interagency Brucellosis Committee.. . According t...
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