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Wildlife & Fish

Research Highlights

Forest Service research provides managers and decision-makers with the tools and knowledge to help protect, enhance, and restore fish and wildlife habitats and minimize the effects of disturbances such as fire, urbanization, disease, and climate change.

Prairie birds
Burrowing crayfish

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Learn more about the wildlife and fish research at the Forest Service including work to understand and inform:

View a selection of recent Wildlife & Fish research highlights.


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Explore the current research projects and locate contact information for Forest Service Researchers with the Wildlife Research Scientists Directory, Fish and Aquatics Research Scientists Directory, and Watershed Research Staff Directory.

Check out Products & Services to find information on wildlife & fish tools, fact sheets, recent publications and webinar recordings from the Forest Service R&D and Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies webinar series.


Bat Occupancy Model

Bat Occupancy Probabilities at a Wind Energy Facility

Forest Service R&D scientists have developed models to predict the probability of the presence of bats that echolocate. This model can then be used to inform mitigation activities at wind energy facilities.

Gordie Reeves Youtube Video

Scientist Video - Effects of a Changing Climate on Wildlife

Research scientist, Gordon Reeves, explains his research investigating how the timing of insect emergence affects migrating birds in the Copper River Delta, Alaska (Chugach National Forest). Check out the newly emerged dragonfly on his finger.

At least 40% of the world's economy and 80% of the needs of the poor are derived from biological resources. In addition, the richer the diversity of life, the greater the opportunity for medical discoveries, economic development, and adaptive responses to such new challenges as climate change. The variety of life is our insurance policy. Our own lives and livelihood depend on it.

- Convention on Biological Diversity