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Researcher holding an invasive giant African land snail.

USGS Leetown Science Center Studying Invasive Giant African Land Snail

THU, FEBRUARY 26, 2015, 02:09 PM EST

Scientist at USGS' Leetown Science Center are studying the giant African land snail, an invasive species that has been shown to harbor numerous pathogens responsible for diseases that can sicken and even kill wildlife, domestic animals and humans. Read More >

NPS helicopter mechanic Richard Gibson accepting his DOI safety award from NPS aviation-management specialist Meg  Meg Gallagher.

NPS: Grand Canyon Helicopter Mechanic Richard Gibson Receives DOI Safety Award

THU, FEBRUARY 26, 2015, 11:50 AM EST

NPS aviation-management specialist Meg Gallagher has presented a DOI Aviation Safety Airward to Grand Canyon helicopter mechanic Richard Gibson for actions he took that may have prevented the catastrophic failure of a helicopter. Read More >

Group photo of OSMRE/VISTA Team

DOI/VISTA, OSMRE/VISTA, and OSMRE/AmeriCorps Teams Highlight First Quarter Accomplishments for Fiscal Year 2015

THU, FEBRUARY 26, 2015, 10:43 AM EST

The award-winning VISTA Teams highlight their latest accomplishments to assist rural communities impoverished by environmental degradation and its consequences to make their home-place-watersheds healthier places to live and work. Read More >

Male manatee, Trinidad, getting accustomed to his new rehabilitation pool at SeaWorld

USFWS: Got Manatees on your Mind?

WED, FEBRUARY 25, 2015, 01:49 PM EST

Manatees face many man-made threats, but 20 manatees are still alive today, thanks to the hard work of many people. Read More ( >

Group photo of volunteers inside Jewel Cave.

NPS: Volunteers Discover and Map New Areas of Jewel Cave

WED, FEBRUARY 25, 2015, 01:05 PM EST

Volunteer cavers discovered and explored new passages within Jewel Cave over the Valentine’s Day weekend. Their survey increased the size of the cave, already considered the third longest in the world. Read More >


I Am BLM: Joe Kurtak, Geologist, Anchorage Field Office

WED, FEBRUARY 25, 2015, 09:01 AM EST

In this "I Am BLM" story, Bureau of Land Management geologist Joe Kurtak shares how his passion for geology, mining, and minerals began in his youth and has continued throughout his 34-year federal career. Read More >

Top: Vizzie award-winners Kristen Timm and her collaborators; bottom: award-winning 'From IceField to Ocean' poster

Alaska Climate Science Center Designer Receives International Vizzie Award

TUE, FEBRUARY 24, 2015, 02:31 PM EST

Kristin Timm, a designer with DOI's Alaska Climate Science Center and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning, and her collaborators have won international recognition for excellence in science communication. Read More >

Girl Scout Cadettes Grace Amundson, Jennifer Hamann and Amanda Clements watching as local kids play one of the games they designed.

USFWS: Girl Scouts Get Conservation Done

TUE, FEBRUARY 24, 2015, 02:04 PM EST

Three Girl Scouts were honored recently for conservation outreach at La Crosse Fisheries Resource Center in Wisconsin. Read More ( >

NPS photos of the Douglass' 197th birthday event

National Park Service Celebrates Life, Legacy of Frederick Douglass

TUE, FEBRUARY 24, 2015, 10:44 AM EST

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site sponsored special events in historic Anacostia on Feb. 13 and 14 in recognition of Frederick Douglass’ 197th birthday. Read More >

USGS Science Feature photo of Tasul the polar bear diving for his food.

USGS: What's on the Menu for Arctic Polar Bears?

MON, FEBRUARY 23, 2015, 02:07 PM EST

This U.S. Geological Survey Science Feature explains how zoo polar bears Conrad and Tasul are helping scientists unlock decades' worth of data. Read More ( >

Salmon fry swimming in a glass beaker

USFWS: Eagle Creek Hatchery Sends Second Batch of Salmon to Washington Hatchery

MON, FEBRUARY 23, 2015, 12:17 PM EST

Last month USFWS' Eagle Creek Hatchery in Oregon sent 351,000 eyed coho salmon eggs to state-run Grays River Hatchery in Washington. (Grays River had lost 600,000 salmon fry.) Last week, Eagle Creek sent a second batch: 240,000 salmon fry. Read More ( >

Large group of kids sitting in the snow as they listen to IDFG staff.

BLM-Idaho: Skiing to Learn - Salmon Field Office Takes it Outside to Show Kids How Animals Adapt

FRI, FEBRUARY 20, 2015, 02:02 PM EST

On Feb. 10, the BLM Salmon Field Office in Idaho, along with multiple partners, took the majority of seventh-graders in Lemhi County skiing and snowshoeing. This winter trip is in its third year as part of the BLM’s Hands on the Land program. Read More >

Takeelia Scott Gaillard working at a computer in BSEE's Budget Office.

BSEE Blog: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Budget

FRI, FEBRUARY 20, 2015, 12:28 PM EST

Puzzled about just what goes into formulating a federal budget? This easy-to-understand Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement blog takes you inside that process at BSEE. Read More ( >

Clockwise: Pullman Administration Building, Pullman National Monument; proclamation for monument, President Obama signing proclamation as key officials watch.

NPS: President Launches Kids in Park Initiative, Creates Sites

FRI, FEBRUARY 20, 2015, 08:33 AM EST

President Obama yesterday launched "Every Kid in a Park," an initiative that will provide fourth-graders and their families with free admission to public lands for a year. He also announced three new national monuments, two of which NPS will administer. Read More >

An excavator digging a trench at a site in Corner Canyon in Utah.

USGS: In the Trenches on a Paleoseismology Project

FRI, FEBRUARY 20, 2015, 08:07 AM EST

Ever wonder how earthquake scientists figure out where to dig a trench to learn about past earthquakes? Or how they gather and use the trench data? Read More ( >

An Oregon chub swimming at William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge in Corvallis, Ore.

USFWS: Celebrating a Milestone in Conservation - the Recovery of the Oregon Chub

THU, FEBRUARY 19, 2015, 01:35 PM EST

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe says the chub’s recovery shows how the Endangered Species Act can and should work. Read More ( >

Red swirling rock formations against a blue sky at Coyote Buttes.

BLM Celebrates 15th Anniversary of National Conservation Lands with 'Takeover' of Interior's Instagram

THU, FEBRUARY 19, 2015, 12:35 PM EST

On Feb. 17, the Department of the Interior handed over the keys to its popular @USInterior Instagram account to the Bureau of Land Management. During the one-day Instagram takeover, the BLM showcased some of the public lands it manages in the Southwest. Read More >

BOEM's Greg Sanders wearing a hard hat.

BOEM Employee Spotlight: Wildlife Biologist Greg Sanders

THU, FEBRUARY 19, 2015, 10:11 AM EST

My dive buddy and I were on our own for the first time. ... The water was cold and a murky when a dark shape started moving around us at the very edge of our visibility. We backed up against a rock and contemplated our escape to the surface. ... Read More >

Students learning about moose during a game of

USFWS: Northern Alaska Refuges (and a Wild Visitor) 'STEM' Young Scientists' Interests

WED, FEBRUARY 18, 2015, 10:38 AM EST

On Feb. 5 in Fairbanks, Alaska, a moose startled at the uncharacteristic evening hubbub at Pearl Creek Elementary School’s parking lot. The creature hadn't bargained on the many students and their families headed to visit STEM professionals that night. Read More ( >

Aerial photos of the Elwha River mouth before and during dam removal

USGS: Largest Dam Removal in U.S. History Scientifically Characterized

WED, FEBRUARY 18, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

The effects of dam removal are better known as a result of several new studies released this week by government, tribal and university researchers. The scientists worked together to study the large-scale dam removal on the Elwha River in Washington state. Read More ( >

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