Below is a selection of the Forest Service wildlife and fish scientists' products and services. Please visit the tabs to find scientist publications and tools as well as issue papers, workshops, and webinars that cover the array of wildlife and fish Research Themes.
Habitats of Golden-winged Warblers in Costa Rica — Habitat quality and habitat selection of golden-winged warblers in Costa Rica: an application of hierarchical models for open populations (Chandler & King; 2011)
Herbivore Pressure and Trophic Levels — Legacy of top-down herbivore pressure ricochets back up multiple trophic levels in forest canopies over 30 years (Nuttle, Yerger, Stoleson, & Ristau; 2011)
Population Modeling using Capture-Recapture — On valuing patches: estimating contributions to metapopulation growth with reverse-time capture–recapture modelling (Sanderlin, Waser, Hines, & Nichols; 2011)
Climate Change and Wolverines — Climate change predicted to shift wolverine connectivity, and dispersal corridors (McKelvey, Copeland, Jeffrey P.; Schwartz, Littell, Aubry, Keith B.; Squires, Parks, Elsner, & Mauger; 2011)
Mexican Spotted Owls in AZ & NM — Status and Ecology of Mexican Spotted Owls in the Upper Gila Mountains Recovery Unit, Arizona and New Mexico (Ganey, Ward, Jr. & Willey; 2011)
Forest Restoration and Deer Herd Reductions — Restoring forest herb communities through landscape-level deer herd reductions: Is recovery limited by legacy effects? (Royo, Stout, deCalesta, & Pierson; 2010)
Nest Survival in Relation to Salvage Logging — Modeling Nest Survival of Cavity-Nesting Birds in Relation to Postfire Salvage Logging (Saab, Russell, Rotella, & Dudley; 2010)
Eagles and Helicopers — Golden Eagle Indifference to Heli-Skiing and Military Helicopters in Northern Utah (Grubb, Delaney, Bowerman, & Wierda; 2010)
Environmental Costs of Coffee Production — Measuring and Managing the Environmental Cost of Coffee Production in Latin America (Chavez Arce, Raudales, Trubey, King, Chandler, & Chandler; 2009)
Genetic Monitoring for Conservation and Management — Genetic monitoring as a promising tool for conservation and management (Schwartz, Luikart, & Waples; 2006)
Exotic Invasives and Songbirds — Invasion of an exotic forb impacts reproductive success and site fidelity of a migratory songbird (Ortega, McKelvey, & Six; 2006)
Deer Impacts on Forests — White-tailed deer impact on the vegetation dynamics of a northern hardwood forest (Horsley, Stout, & deCalesta; 2003)
Effects of Biological Controls — Indirect effects of host-specific biological control agents (Pearson & Callaway; 2003)
Conservation of Early Seral Communities — Conservation approaches for woody, early succesional communities in the eastern United States (Thompson & DeGraaf; 2001)
Evaluating Ecological Restoration for Wildlife — Design and Implementation of Monitoring Studies to Evaluate the Success of Ecological Restoration on Wildlife (Block, Franklin, Ward, Ganey, & White; 2001)
Moths, Mice, and Acorns — Interactions Among Gypsy Moths, White-footed Mice, and Acorns (Elkinton, Healy, Buonaccorsi, George H. Boettner, Hazzard & Smith; 1996)
Effects of Clearcutting on Ovenbirds — Effects of Clearcutting on Habitat Use and Reproductive Success of the Ovenbird in Forested Landscapes (King, Griffin, & Degraaf; 1996)
Forested Habitats for New England Wildlife — New England wildlife: management of forested habitats (DeGraaf, Yamasaki, Leak, & Lanier; 1992)
Northern Goshawk Management — Management Recommendations for the Northern Goshawk in the Southwestern United States (Reynolds, Graham, Hildegard Reiser, Bassett, Kennedy, Boyce, Goodwin, Smith, & Fisher; 1992)
Wildlife Habitats in Managed Forests — Wildlife Habitats in Managed Forests the Blue Mountains of Oregon and Washington (Thomas; 1979)
System for Assessing Vulnerability of Species (SAVS): SAVS is a tool that allows the user to assess the vulnerability of terrestrial vertebrates to climate change, through a list of 22 questions about projected changes to a species' habitat, physiology, major life cycle events, and interactions with other species. The scores can inform management planning for these species under future scenarios.
The Climate change Bird Atlas is an easy-to-use tool that provides detailed information and maps about the current and projected habitat status of 147 species of birds in the eastern U.S. under various climate change scenarios. The models used to generate the predictions rely on a suite of environmental variables along with information about potential changes in tree distribution.
The Birds and Burns Network is a multi-agency project led by the Rocky Mt. Research Station to provide information about effects of fire management on wildlife in ponderosa pine forests across 8 states in the western U.S., spanning both public and private lands. The site includes descriptions of current studies, the study design used in the network, research findings, and project publications.
ArcHSI Habitat Suitability Index is a modeling tool that allows the user to evaluate the ability of an area to provide food and cover for animal species. The tool works in a Geographic Information System (GIS) environment, and provides planners with information about potential impacts of management alternatives on habitat suitability for wildlife.
The State of the Birds is a report created by a diverse group of federal, state, university, and private partners to describe the current status of bird populations in the United States in reference to various factors. The latest report, 2011, describes the conservation status and distribution of birds on public lands and waters. Prior reports evaluated bird status in relation to climate change and within different habitat types.
The Multiple Species Inventory and Monitoring Technical Guide provides protocols for efficient and consistent monitoring of the presence/absence of many individual species and habitat conditions at sampling sites on National Forest System lands. Protocols are provided for landbirds, raptors, small and medium-large mammals, bats, terrestrial amphibians and reptiles, and vertebrates in aquatic ecosystems.
NetMap is a state-of-the-art desktop tool that contains more than 70 functions and 80 parameters that address watershed attributes and processes such as fluvial geomorphology, fish habitat, erosion, watershed disturbance, road networks, wildfire, hydrology, large woody debris, and change by land use. Net map is being used by partners to optimize decisions affecting watershed health such as road restoration and removal projects, timber management, and fire management.
River Bathymetry Toolkit - The River Bathymetry Toolkit (RBT) is a suite of GIS tools for processing large amounts of data (e.g., from LiDAR or acoustic sensors) to create high resolution, highly accurate Digital Elevation Models. Our goal is to characterize in-stream and floodplain geomorphology to support aquatic habitat analyses and numerical models of flow and sediment transport. Tools have been created for cutting cross sections and longitudinal profiles into high resolution DEMs to extract hydrologic parameters such as wetted area, bankfull width, hydraulic radius, gradient and sinuosity. New tools are being added to the tool kit (e.g., a tool to allow mapping of "off-channel" habitat under different flow conditions).
U.S. Forest Service and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Webinar: Rethinking Management Strategies for Freshwater Mussels by Dr. Wendell R. Haag, Research Fisheries Biologist, U.S. Forest Service, Southern Research Station (August 10, 2016)
National Conservation Training Center Webinar: Climate Bird and Tree Atlases by Anantha Prasad and Stephen Matthews (March 14, 2012)
National Conservation Training Center Webinar: Climate Change Effects on Coldwater Stream Ecosystems by Dan Isaak (January 18, 2012)
Climate Change Resource Center Recorded Webinars - includes webinars on topics such as aquatics and fish, modeling, adaptation, and others.