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June 1, 2020

USGS EcoNews - Vol. 1 | Issue 1

Welcome to the first edition of EcoNews! We highlight our Invasive Species Program; the USGS led North American Bat Monitoring Program; the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative; Scientist Spotlight; our new webinar series, Friday's Findings; and our educational resources and podcasts for students of all ages. Plus, check out how to connect with us through our social media and our staff page.

Attribution: Ecosystems
Date published: June 1, 2020

Friday's Findings - June 5 2020

Constructing Realistic Species Distribution and Habitat Modelling Map Products: Challenges and Opportunities

Date: June 5, 2020 from 2 - 2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Thomas C. Edwards, Jr., USGS Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
狠狠噜天天噜日日噜Department of Wildland Resources, Utah State University


Attribution: Ecosystems
Date published: May 26, 2020

Secret, Pristine Grassland Provide Scientists Precious Insight Into How Undisturbed Ecosystems Function

狠狠噜天天噜日日噜Southwest Biological Science Center and National Park Service personnel were featured in a KSL TV story about a hidden, pristine grassland in Canyonlands National Park that is used for scientific study.


Year Published: 2020

Most wildlife biologists, technicians, and veterinarians complete their tasks safely and uneventfully every day. However, some significant risks exist in this line of work, and injuries, illnesses, and accidental deaths among wildlife workers do occur. Aviation accidents (airplane and helicopter), drownings, and car and truck accidents are the...

Richgels, Katherine L. D.; Gibbs, Samantha E.J.; Wild, Margaret A.; Taylor, Tegwin; Buttke, Danielle
Taylor, T., and Buttke, D., 2020, Safe work practices for working with wildlife: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 15, chap. C2, 26 p., http://doi.org/10.3133/tm15C2.

Year Published: 2020

狠狠噜天天噜日日噜Structured decision making is a systematic, transparent process for improving the quality of complex decisions by identifying measurable management objectives and feasible management actions; predicting the potential consequences of management actions relative to the stated objectives; and selecting a course of action that maximizes the total...

Neckles, Hilary A.; Lyons, James E.; Nagel, Jessica L.; Adamowicz, Susan C.; Mikula, Toni; Braudis, Brian; Hanlon, Heidi
Neckles, H.A., Lyons, J.E., Nagel, J.L., Adamowicz, S.C., Mikula, T., Braudis, B., and Hanlon, H., 2020, Optimization of tidal marsh management at the Cape May and Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuges, New Jersey, through use of structured decision making: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1055, 41 p., http://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201055.

Year Published: 2020

The novel β-coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, may pose a threat to North American bat populations if bats are exposed to the virus through interaction with humans, if the virus can subsequently infect bats and be transmitted among them, and if the virus causes morbidity or mortality in bats. Further, if SARS-CoV-2 became established in bat populations, it...

Runge, Michael C.; Campbell Grant, Evan H.; Coleman, Jeremy T. H.; Reichard, Jonathan D.; Gibbs, Samantha E. J.; Cryan, Paul M.; Olival, Kevin J.; Walsh, Daniel P.; Blehert, David S.; Hopkins, M. Camille; Sleeman, Jonathan M.
Runge, M.C., Grant, E.H.C., Coleman, J.T.H., Reichard, J.D., Gibbs, S.E.J., Cryan, P.M., Olival, K.J., Walsh, D.P., Blehert, D.S., Hopkins, M.C., and Sleeman, J.M., 2020, Assessing the risks posed by SARS-CoV-2 in and via North American bats—Decision framing and rapid risk assessment: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1060, 43 p., http://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201060.