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  • Scientists Fly Drones to Map Sagebrush for Wildfire Strategy Scientists have deployed drones over western Idaho to map a little-known landscape as part of an effort to reduce wildfire risks and protect sage grouse and other wildlife across the West.

  • Native fungus vs. non-native invasive tree Research beginning this week on the Wayne National Forest will explore whether a native fungus can help land managers rein in an aggressive, non-native invasive tree that has been steadily encroaching on Ohio forests, particularly in the southern half of the state.

  • Bird biologist and forest managers spot a white-headed woodpecker in a recently burned area of the Okangon-Wenatchee National Forest near Naches, Wash. Friday, June 5, 2015. (MASON TRINCA/Yakima Herald-Republic
    Burned-out forests helping some birds thrive The Naches Ranger District believes that the story of woodpeckers nesting in blackened trees can help to convince people that forest fires can be beneficial as well as destructive and build support for using controlled burns as a restoration tool in unhealthy tinderbox forests.

  • Ultraviolet light reveals the infected wing of a tri-colored bat suffering from white-nose syndrome. The fungus shows up as bright orange splotches. 
    Killer Fungus That's Devastating Bats May Have Met Its Match White-nose syndrome has claimed millions of bats since the disease was first detected in New York state in 2006. The culprit-a fungus-eats its way into the wings of its victims, draining the life out of them. It has shown little sign of stopping in its westward trek across the United States and Canada, but a new treatment could change that.

  • Trouts
    Study finds shade, cover can reduce predation by birds on trout A new study has found that providing adequate shade and cover in small streams may reduce predation on trout by as much as 12 percent, from just one species of bird - the kingfisher. The findings, based on a study at the Oregon Hatchery Research Center in the Alsea River basin, are being published in the journal Ecology of Freshwater Fish.

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