Stories from the Field



Youth at a national wildlife refuge

USFWS Expands Urban Conservation Program

FRI, AUGUST 29, 2014, 01:01 PM EST

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will partner with communities, corporations and nonprofits to help restore the natural environment and boost opportunities for residents in six cities to connect with nature through the Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships. Read More (fws.gov) >


Reclamation's Sheri Haral at a C.A.S.T. for Kids event

Web Reads: Reclamation's Sheri Harral Featured in C.A.S.T. for Kids Newsletter

FRI, AUGUST 29, 2014, 12:55 PM EST

Our very own Sheri Harral was featured in the recent C.A.S.T. for Kids newsletter! She has been a coordinator since the 2000 event at Shasta Lake! Read More (facebook.com) >


Scientists at the cave

Web Reads: BLM: International Team of Scientists Complete 2014 Cave Study Excavation in Natural Trap Cave

FRI, AUGUST 29, 2014, 11:02 AM EST

An international team of scientists has completed its first field season of cave study and excavation at Natural Trap Cave, located in the flanks of Wyoming’s northern Bighorn Mountains. The BLM manages the cave, which is set aside for research purposes. Read More (tumblr.com) >


Flyer for Dignity and Respect Campaign

Interior Launches 'Dignity and Respect' Campaign

THU, AUGUST 28, 2014, 03:10 PM EST

On August 27, at its annual Multi-Cultural Day Program, Interior launched its Dignity and Respect Campaign. The campaign's goal is to achieve a more inclusive workplace through increased awareness of how individual behavior contributes to inclusion. Read More >


Gabriel Harper in uniform

Web Reads: My Life After the USFWS Internship: Gabriel Harper

THU, AUGUST 28, 2014, 07:41 AM EST

After a summer internship of "firsts" at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia Beach in 2009 that gave him his "first true glimpse into the world of conservation," Gabriel Harper has risen through the USFWS to become a federal wildlife officer. Read More (wordpress.com) >


BLM illustration of moutains and pine trees; text: Don't Bug Montana

BLM My Public Lands Magazine: Don't Bug Montana

TUE, AUGUST 26, 2014, 11:05 AM EST

In a place called Big Timber, the small mountain pine beetle has taken its toll. Read about it in My Public Lands Magazine, Summer 2014. Read More (blm.gov) >


BSEE and USCG officials aboard a 42-foot-skimming vessel at Ohmsett.

BSEE and USCG Officials View First-Of-Its-Size Oil Spill Response Test at Ohmsett

TUE, AUGUST 26, 2014, 10:50 AM EST

Late last week, BSEE and U.S. Coast Guard officials viewed a 42-foot-long skimming vessel test, the first-of-its-size at Ohmsett, BSEE's National Oil Spill Response Research and Renewable Energy Test Facility in Leonardo, N.J. Read More (bsee.gov) >


USGS logo - science for a changing world

USGS: Update on the Magnitude 6 South Napa Earthquake of August 24, 2014

TUE, AUGUST 26, 2014, 10:01 AM EST

This USGS news release updates information on the Magnitude 6 South Napa Earthquake of August 24, 2014. Read More (usgs.gov) >


Lego figure of USFWS scientist

USFWS: The Building Blocks of Women Scientists

TUE, AUGUST 26, 2014, 08:53 AM EST

Taking a cue from toymaker LEGO, which recently introduced a Research Institute set featuring female scientists, USFWS folks in the Midwest Region dug out their LEGOs and created their own set of women scientists at the Service. Read More (fws.gov) >


2012 Photo by Bob Wick, BLM, of Burning Man Festival

Web Reads: BLM-My Public Lands Blog: Burning Man Festival Underway

MON, AUGUST 25, 2014, 08:46 AM EST

Did you know that the popular arts festival BURNING MAN occurs on BLM public lands in Northwest Nevada? Each year, tens of thousands of people travel to the Black Rock Desert Playa to participate in this unique community event. Read More (tumblr.com) >


NPS Director Jon Jarvis

NPS: Founders Day Message from Director to Partners and Employees

MON, AUGUST 25, 2014, 08:33 AM EST

Today is Founder’s Day, the anniversary of the day when the National Park Service’s founding legislation was signed in 1916. NPS Director Jon Jarvis shares his in the News and Notes section of NPS' The Morning Report. Read More (nps.gov) >


USGS map showing location of earthquake in California

USGS: Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake in California

MON, AUGUST 25, 2014, 08:12 AM EST

The U.S. Geological Survey is providing up-to-date information on the earthquake that struck in northern California on August 24, 2014. Read More (usgs.gov) >


BLM photo: Trinidad School teacher Stephanie Strasser reads to her third graders during an outing on public lands.

BLM-California: 'Hands on Land' Benefiting Teacher and Her Pupils

FRI, AUGUST 22, 2014, 09:59 AM EST

A primary school teacher on California’s spectacular North Coast has been inspired by the beauty of the public lands to develop a "place-based" curriculum to expose her pupils to the wonders of the great outdoors. Read More (blm.gov) >


The 2014 salt marsh interns, Christine Burns and Megan Kelsall, at an invasive pepperweed workshop.

USFWS: 'What the Heck is a Salt Marsh Intern?'

FRI, AUGUST 22, 2014, 09:42 AM EST

That's what Christine Burns' younger sister wanted to know when she learned Christine was headed Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Maine for the summer. Here, Christine explains and tells us that it got her committed to coastal ecology. Read More (fws.gov) >


NPS photo of sign: 30th anniversary of Illinois and Michigan NHA

NPS: Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Turns 30 Years Old

FRI, AUGUST 22, 2014, 09:35 AM EST

Thirty years ago, community and National Park Service leaders conceived the National Heritage Area designation while looking for a new approach to conserve and develop the historic Illinois and Michigan Canal. This launched a national movement. Read More (nps.gov) >


Landsat image: Great Salt Lakes

USGS Science Feature - Landsat and Water: Using Space to Advance Resource Solutions

FRI, AUGUST 22, 2014, 09:16 AM EST

A recent White House-led assessment found that Landsat is among the nation’s most critical Earth observing systems, second only to GPS and weather. A new USGS study provides examples of why Landsat is so valuable. Read More (usgs.gov) >


Logo for WaterSmart

Six Organizations to Establish or Expand Watershed Activities Using Key Funding Assistance from Reclamation

FRI, AUGUST 22, 2014, 08:54 AM EST

Bureau of Reclamation Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley announced that $496,337 in WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program funding will be made available for six groups to establish or expand a watershed group. Read More (usbr.gov) >


USGS photo: aerial view of oil pads dotting the landscape

USGS Science Feature: Water Flows and Energy Grows

THU, AUGUST 21, 2014, 09:32 AM EST

This USGS Science feature explores the Williston Basin, where groundwater is limited and energy is plentiful. Read More (usgs.gov) >


USFWS group photo: wildland firefighters near Glenwood Springs, Colo.

USFWS Open Spaces Blog: Firefighters Still Learning from Historic Fatality Fires

THU, AUGUST 21, 2014, 09:03 AM EST

Thirteen wildland firefighters from 11 wildlife refuges and the Fire Management Branch headquarters office came together for three days of field study at the sites of two tragic wildfires to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the South Canyon Fire. Read More (fws.gov) >


NPS paleo interns Ben Otoo and Nicole Ridgwell at Dinosaur National Monument

NPS-Dinosaur National Monument: Our Office is a Dinosaur Quarry

THU, AUGUST 21, 2014, 08:39 AM EST

Young paleontologists Ben Otoo and Nicole Ridgwell are spending the summer living a dream, as they scramble and climb to photograph and map the world famous deposit of ancient bones at Dinosaur National Monument. Read More (nps.gov) >