FWS Submissions

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Climate and Human Water Use Diminish Wetland Networks Supporting Continental Waterbird Migration

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Migrating waterbirds moving between upper and lower latitudinal breeding and wintering grounds, while crossing arid continental interiors, rely on a limited network of endorheic lakes and wetlands, which are waterbodies in closed basins with no outflow.

Climate Extremes Induce Possible System-wide Degradation Effects on Tumbesian Dry-tropical Forest

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Tumbesian dry tropical forests are found along the Pacific coast from southern Ecuador into northern Peru. They represent a region of substantial species endemism and seasonal forest conditions that differ from evergreen tropical forest. Remnant dry forest areas are essential for maintaining watershed conditions and a clean water supply, as well as providing high biodiversity values.

Lidar and Multispectral Data for Assessing Texas and Oklahoma Songbird Habitat and Density

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National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) in Texas and Oklahoma manage forested habitats to support priority bird populations in the West Gulf Coastal Plain and Ouachitas Bird Conservation Regions. Airborne laser altimetry or light detection and ranging (lidar) can capture details of forest structure that determine bird species diversity, densities, and distributions.

Modeling Wildlife Habitat Using 3DEP Lidar

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Continuous data on vegetation cover, height, and relative density are increasingly sought as useful metrics for determining animal habitat conditions across large areas. Airborne light detection and ranging (lidar) multi-return information provides a ready source of remotely sensed data that can directly estimate vegetation height and cover at appropriate spatial scales. The U.S.

USFS-NASA Virtual Pitch Fest

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The U.S. Forest Service (USFS)-National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) Virtual Pitch Fest, virtually hosted in early June 2020, was a creative collaboration inspired by the need for virtual connection due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.