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In the Spotlight
Press Release: Zoo Polar Bear Sports High-Tech Neckwear for Conservation
Tasul, an Oregon Zoo polar bear, recently landed her first white-collar job: research assistant for the U.S. Geological Survey. Her assignment: wearing a high-tech radio collar with an accelerometer to help solve a climate change mystery. Anthony Pagano, wildlife biologist with the USGS Alaska Science Center is leading this study for the USGS Changing Arctic Ecosystems Initiative. He will be recording video of Tasul wearing the collar and matching her behavior to the signal from the accelerometer allowing researchers to create a digital fingerprint for polar bear behavior. This unique opportunity to work with captive animals will greatly expand the utility of data collected from wild bears, and will help scientists to understand how polar bears are responding to the rapid loss of the Arctic sea ice. To view press release visit: http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3653. Also follow on Facebook and Twitter.
Changing Arctic Ecosystems—New Fact Sheet Describes Research in Boreal-Arctic Transition Zone
Through the Changing Arctic Ecosystems research initiative, the USGS strives to inform key resource management decisions by better understanding how wildlife populations of special interest to the Department of the Interior are responding to rapid physical changes in the Arctic. The initiative includes several research themes, including one focused on the Boreal-Arctic transition zone that evaluates (1) how the distribution, abundance, and community structure of breeding birds are related to climate-driven habitat conditions; (2) how rapidly the distributions of birds and their habitats are changing in this transition zone; and (3) how avian recruitment and survival are affected by climate and climate-driven habitat conditions. Results from these studies will be used to forecast which avian species, communities, habitats, and core geographic areas are likely to be most vulnerable to projected climate changes. In a new fact sheet published this week, the USGS highlights the research being conducted within the Boreal-Arctic transition zone. The fact sheet is available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2013/3054/.
New Fact Sheet Provides Information on New and On-going Research Related to Wildlife Disease and Environmental Health in Alaska
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Changing Arctic Ecosystems—The Changing Arctic Ecosystems initiative includes Arctic ice-dominated ecosystems research which focus on understanding the relationships between physical processes, ecosystems and wildlife populations.
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