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Wildlife and Fish

Blue grosbeak is one of many bird species strongly tied to riparian areas in the Southwest (photo compliments of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).

Avian Research and Monitoring at RMRS

Researchers have been studying birds for years to discover more about their various ecosystem roles and assist land managers with planning and conservation.
Environmental DNA is a powerful indicator of presence or absence of aquatic species (photo by Kevin McKelvey).

Environmental DNA is emerging as a powerful indicator of presence or absence of sensitive aquatic species, such as bull trout

(photo by Kevin McKelvey)
Male elk bugling during the autumn rut.

Understanding resource selection by elk may provide information to address the increasing number of resource conflicts involving elk

Rocky mountain fisher are reclusive carnivores living in mature, high-elevation forests (photo by Michael Schwartz).

Rocky mountain fisher are reclusive carnivores living in mature, high-elevation forests

(photo by Michael Schwartz)
The greater sage grouse is a unique and sensitive bird species reliant on the sagebrush steppe ecosystem.

Habitat of the greater sage grouse is increasingly fragmented due to housing development and resource extraction, with implications for gene flow among core breeding areas

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This research investigates the complex interactions among species, ecosystem dynamics and processes, land use and management, and emerging threats. This research topic includes:

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