April 22, 2014

Ignite Biodiversity

Colorado State University - in collaboration with agency scientists - is featuring 5 minute Ignite-style presentations at a fun and informative event called Ignite Biodiversity on Earth Day, April 22, 2014, at 5:00pm at Avogadro's Number on Mason Street in Fort Collins. Four of our own have been invited to participate: Erin Muths, Sara Oyler-McCance, Kate Schoenecker, and Tom Stohlgren will talk about amphibians, conservation genetics, ungulates, and invasive species, respectively.

April 11, 2014

USGS Scientists Monitor Colorado River Pulse Flow

On March 23, 2014 the flood gates to Morelos Dam, the most downstream dam on the Colorado River, were opened to initiate an environmental pulse flow into the historic Colorado River delta. This flow, negotiated as part of Minute 319 to the 1944 US-Mexico Water Treaty, is intended to inundate flood surfaces and replenish groundwater for the purpose of establishing and enhancing riparian habitat. Scientists from SBSC, FORT, and AzWSC, together with colleagues from other U.S.

April 10, 2014

Food Security and Food Justice Class to be held at FORT

The Fort Collins Science Center and the Powell Center will be hosting a SEEDS Leadership meeting April 10-12, 2014 on the topic “Food Security and Food Justice: Sustaining Agricultural Abundance and Healthy Communities.” SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability) is the flagship award-winning educational program of the Ecological Society of America.

April 7, 2014

You Are Invited to the SAES 2014 Symposium

Please join us for the inaugural SAES Symposium:

Future of Africa under Global Environmental Change: Solution-Based Approaches to Sustainability and Development

April 4, 2014

UNC Seminar on Burmese Pythons in Florida Taught by Bob Reed

On Thursday, April 3, 2014 Bob Reed spoke at an invited seminar at the University of Northern Colorado titled 'Burmese pythons in Florida: Biology, impacts, and the importance of detection probability.' This seminar was part of the Department of Biology's seminar series and focused on the evidence showing that pythons are causing declines in native mammal populations in Florida and that an understanding of snake detection probability is central to understanding population size and control opp

April 3, 2014

James Roberts' Work Featured in Blog

The work of FORT scientist James Roberts was recently featured in an extremely popular Climate and Aquatics blog. The blog titled Streams in Channels & Fish in Streams talks about how in the United

April 2, 2014

Craig Allen to Receive Award from the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission

Craig Allen of the USGS/FORT Science Center has been selected to receive a Sustainable Santa Fe Award for his research and work in helping the public to understand climate change and the need for adaptation measures. Craig was nominated by Louis Pape, M.Ed., M.P.H., who recently heard him give a comprehensive talk at the Native Plant Society with a critical message about the southwestern area - and other dry land areas of the world.

March 26, 2014

Managing Public Landscapes in a Changing Climate: A Human Dimensions of Climate Change Workshop

Fort Collins Science Center (FORT) scientists in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S.

March 23, 2014

Pythons: Where Next?

On March 21, 2014 USGS scientist Dr. Bob Reed provided information on Burmese pythons to Carol Bogart of the Sacramento Examiner. The interview focused on the potential spread of pythons, potential for pythons to become established in Florida, and recent developments in our understanding of climate matching for invasive reptiles. The story, "Pythons slithering toward Sacramento?" appeared on March 23 in the Sacramento Examiner.

March 13, 2014

Updated Spatial Data Set for Wind Turbines

An updated spatial data set representing the locations and attributes of wind turbines within Wyoming is now available. These data represent 2012 ground conditions (O’Donnell and Fancher, 2012) and complement a previously released data set that captures 2009 ground conditions (O’Donnell and Fancher, 2009). These data support conservation efforts and related wildlife and habitat projects within USGS as well as for other government agencies and non-government organizations.

March 12, 2014

Northern Wild Sheep & Goat Council

The Wild Sheep and Goat Council Symposium, will be held in Fort Collins, June 2-5, 2014. USGS is one of the sponsors of this symposium. For more information or to register for this program please go to: .

March 11, 2014

Women in Science

Dr. Jill Baron, along with Dr. Richard Primack, will present at the CSU Lory Student Center's Greyrock Room on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 3:30 - 5:00 about the challenges and balances women face while working in the science field. This will be a free panel discussion hosted by the School of Global Environmental Sustainability and the Biodiversity Working Group both of Colorado State University. For more information please visit:

March 3, 2014

USGS Study on Economic Impacts of National Parks

Economists at the Fort Collins Science Center recently developed a new Visitor Spending Effects (VSE) modeling system for the National Park Service. The VSE makes significant strides in improving the accuracy and transparency of estimating how the National Park Service (NPS) visitor spending cycles though local economies.

February 20, 2014

Analysis of Fluvial Systems Class

An Analysis of Fluvial Systems class will be held May 5-9, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. The instructors will be USGS scientists Faith Fitzpatrick, Jonathan Friedman, Allen Gellis, and Jim O’Connor, with Andrew Simon of Cardno-ENTRIX. Considered together, the instructors have a century of experience on the subject!

February 14, 2014

WebApps Team Implements a Public Database for Climate Change

The Fort Collins Science Center Web Applications Team is assisting the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and an inter-agency working group in the design, development, and implementation of a searchable public database on climate change vulnerability assessments. This effort will include federal, state, local and tribal government sponsored studies and will collect and display information on climate change adaptation projects that are currently underway across the country.

February 14, 2014

Negotiations Skills for Natural Resource Professionals

Negotiations Skills for Natural Resource Professionals: Building a Foundation. The (USGS) Fort Collins Science Center in Colorado will be offering a three-day negotiation training course for natural resource professionals, April 29 - May 1, 2014. It is being offered by social science researcher Nina Burkardt, along with guest instructors. This training course provides participants with the basic principles, skills, and techniques used in natural resource negotiations.

February 12, 2014

Polaris Middle School Visits Molecular Ecology Lab

On February 12, 2014 FORT geneticists Sara Oyler-McCance and Jennifer Fike hosted a group of 6th – 8th grade students from Polaris Expeditionary Learning School during a week-long intensive study focused on tracking creatures. The visit began with an introduction on how DNA from wildlife species is used to address wildlife management questions. As part of their experience, fourteen students learned how FORT scientists use DNA analysis to identify and track animals in their natural habitat.

February 10, 2014

Colorado State Hosts Recurring Women in Science Lunch

On February 10, 2014 Colorado State University hosted a lunch dedicated to facilitating discussion between women who have obtained permanent scientific positions and undergraduates, graduates, and post doctorates of both genders regarding strategies on how they achieved success. The lunch had three panelists which included Jill Baron from the USGS, one speaker from NPS, and one from USDA FS, who spoke about careers and the challenges of working in federal or state agencies.

February 5, 2014

North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) is Seeking Participation in 2014 Pilot Studies

Ecologist Laura Ellison co-organized the 1st of 3 workshops to develop a North American Bat Monitoring Program on February 5-7, 2013 in Fort Collins. The workshop brought together bat researchers, population modelers, and experts in the field of wildlife population monitoring to design statistically robust and logistically feasible methods for monitoring bat populations.

February 1, 2014

Invasive Species Keynote Speech

On February 1, 2014 Invasive Species branch chief, Bob Reed, gave a key note speech at the annual meeting of the Colorado Chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation in Denver. This highlighted the biology and control of invasive snakes, and lessons for the study of native snake species.

January 29, 2014

Mercury Contamination: the California Gold Rush Hidden Legacy

This month, eight papers coauthored by U.S. Geological Survey scientists, including Craig Stricker, are being highlighted in a special section of the journal Science of the Total Environment. These findings are part of an ongoing USGS effort to study a hidden legacy of California’s gold rush — mercury contamination — and to better understand its impact on California’s natural and agricultural wetlands.