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The scientists from the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center capitalize on their diverse expertise to answer critically important scientific questions shaped by the equally diverse environments of the western United States. FRESC scientists collaborate with each other and with partners to provide rigorous, objective, and timely information and guidance for the management and conservation of biological systems in the West and worldwide.

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New Software Helps Estimate Bird and Bat Fatality at Wind Farms
Some wind energy facilities have recently been granted permission by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to incidentally take a limited number of individuals of an... [Read more]
Biological Material in the Air Gives Clues about Status of Vegetation
Besides being mostly nitrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide, the air we breathe is also composed of a “protein soup” containing bacteria, viruses, spores, pollen, and a... [Read more]
Juvenile Wading Birds Exhibit Different Responses to Environmental Stressors
Environmental stressors, such as contaminant exposure, limited prey availability, and adverse weather, can elicit strong physiological stress responses in wading birds... [Read more]
Sagebrush Management in Light of Sage-grouse, Fire, and Invasive Species
Researchers from the U.S. Forest Service, USGS, BLM, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Agricultural Research Service, Nevada Division of Wildlife, and the Western... [Read more]
Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments for Idaho and Montana Forests
Current challenges to managing Pacific Northwest natural areas, such as water scarcity, will be exacerbated by climate change and are likely to result in impacts to... [Read more]
Choosy Mothers: Factors that Influence where Salmon Spawn
During their lifetimes, coho and other Pacific salmon are born in freshwater, migrate to sea, and return to their natal streams to breed. Breeding is the final step in... [Read more]
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