USDA Forest Service

Pacific Southwest Research Station

Pacific Southwest
Research Station

800 Buchanan Street
Albany, CA 94710-0011
(510) 883-8830
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Research Topics Wildlife & Fish


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Developing Quantitative Methods for Assessment of Bat Populations: Bats are important components of biodiversity and, as primary predators of nocturnal insects, play an important role in ecosystem function, especially in forests. Learn about how we're uncovering some of the mysteries of bat ecology.

Mitigating Impacts of Wind Energy Development on Populations of Migratory Bats: Energy development and distribution promises to be a major global challenge during the 21st century. Because wind energy is able to generate electricity without many of the environmental impacts associated with other energy sources, it is expected to produce a net benefit to wildlife species. However, in some situations, wind energy developments have produced large impacts to bats in the form of direct mortality from collision with moving turbines.

Carnivore Survey and Monitoring

Carnivore Survey: The integrity of an ecosystem may be measured by the health of its vertebrate carnivore populations. Carnivores influence the structure and reflect the vigor of trophic levels on which they depend, and are sensitive to the abundance and behavior of the human populations with which they coexist.

Mammal Tracks from Track Plate Stations

Kings River Fisher Project: Links between landscape condition and survival and reproduction of fishers in the Kings River Area in the Sierra National Forest.


Zielinski, William J.; Kucera, Thomas E., technical editors. 1995. American marten, fisher, lynx, and wolverine: survey methods for their detection. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-157. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture: 163 p