United States Geological Survey

Past water patterns drive present wading bird numbers

Wading bird numbers in the Florida Everglades are driven by water patterns that play out over multiple years according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and Florida Atlantic University. Previously, existing water ...

dateJun 25, 2015 in Ecology
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Heat accelerates dry in California drought

Although record low precipitation has been the main driver of one of the worst droughts in California history, abnormally high temperatures have also played an important role in amplifying its adverse ef ...

dateMay 29, 2015 in Earth Sciences
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Dam removal study reveals river resiliency

More than 1000 dams have been removed across the United States because of safety concerns, sediment buildup, inefficiency or having otherwise outlived usefulness. A paper published today in Science finds ...

dateApr 30, 2015 in Environment
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Genetics provides new clues about lionfish invasion

New genetic data suggest the red lionfish invasion in the Caribbean Basin and Western Atlantic started in multiple locations, not just one as previously believed, according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey.

dateApr 23, 2015 in Ecology
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Scientists say polar bears won't thrive on land food

A group of researchers say polar bears forced off melting sea ice will not find enough food to replace their current diet of fat-laden marine mammals such as seals, a conclusion that contradicts studies indicating ...

dateApr 01, 2015 in Ecology
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Predicting plant responses to drought

A new U.S. Geological Survey study shows how plants' vulnerability to drought varies across the landscape; factors such as plant structure and soil type where the plant is growing can either make them more vulnerable or protect ...

dateFeb 10, 2015 in Ecology
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How does white-nose syndrome kill bats?

For the first time, scientists have developed a detailed explanation of how white-nose syndrome (WNS) is killing millions of bats in North America, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and ...

dateJan 05, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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