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‘Atmospheric rivers’ aid the West — and imperil it
‘Atmospheric rivers’ aid the West — and imperil it
Improved storm forecasts could help reservoir managers store more water while avoiding floods.
Why hatchery fish may fail in the wild
Why hatchery fish may fail in the wild
New research gives insight into how to better help struggling Northwest salmon populations.
A new report finds ‘we have created a new climate’
A new report finds ‘we have created a new climate’
Extreme events are closely linked to human-caused climate change.
Wild Science: Migratory birds on the Great Salt Lake
Wild Science: Migratory birds on the Great Salt Lake
Scientists explore how phalaropes respond to less water and increased salinity.
Wild Science: Is climate change helping the Uinta ground squirrel?
Wild Science: Is climate change helping the Uinta ground squirrel?
Go behind the scenes of capturing and tracking this prolific species.
Plants that burn fastest in a wildfire
Plants that burn fastest in a wildfire
Lichen burns cool and quick, while spruce burns slow and hot.
Drought damages trees' ability to store carbon
Drought damages trees' ability to store carbon
How long-term forest health is compromised years after dry-spells.
Climate-vulnerable pikas may be surprisingly resilient to wildfire
Climate-vulnerable pikas may be surprisingly resilient to wildfire
These high-elevation creatures may find insulation in talus fields, according to new research.
Wild Science: Tracking mountain lions with dogs in Colorado
Wild Science: Tracking mountain lions with dogs in Colorado
Are these cats becoming more habituated to humans, or are they just as aloof as ever?
Wild Science: Netting mule deer in western Colorado
Wild Science: Netting mule deer in western Colorado
Go behind the scenes with scientists investigating declining populations.
Where industry makes earthquakes
Where industry makes earthquakes
Fracking has caused quakes in several states, but more research is needed.
How the West will feel groundwater shortages
How the West will feel groundwater shortages
New research shows stressed water supplies, as demand increases.
Go behind the scenes of wildlife science
Go behind the scenes of wildlife science
Sneak preview of a new HCN video series that explores field research shaping the West today.
Genetic research lays foundation for bold conservation strategies
Genetic research lays foundation for bold conservation strategies
To save the greatest number of species, should we focus on the most common?
More Alaskan forests are burning, not just due to climate change
More Alaskan forests are burning, not just due to climate change
Populated areas are seeing a large increase in wildfire, despite suppression efforts.
New research on cumulative ecological impact of oil and gas
New research on cumulative ecological impact of oil and gas
Drilling has stripped bare three Yellowstones worth of land in recent years.
Searching for the best dog to save livestock — and wildlife
Searching for the best dog to save livestock — and wildlife
Can the right breed keep both domestic animals and native carnivores alive?
On a methane mystery tour in the Four Corners region
On a methane mystery tour in the Four Corners region
Scientists, planes and instruments descend on San Juan Basin to find roots of the massive greenhouse gas hotspot.
Idaho’s Panther Creek comes back from the dead
Idaho’s Panther Creek comes back from the dead
Two decades after restoration began, life returns to a stream sterilized by mining.
Scientists document mega Oregon-Nevada pronghorn migration
Scientists document mega Oregon-Nevada pronghorn migration
Three hikers will track ecological conditions on the route this June.
Permafrost’s ticking “carbon bomb” may never truly detonate
Permafrost’s ticking “carbon bomb” may never truly detonate
New research suggests that carbon stored in frozen soil will be released gradually.
Land-based foods won't float polar bears through ice declines
Land-based foods won't float polar bears through ice declines
As climate change sends bears searching for calories, new research suggests there's no substitute for seals.
Don't blame bark beetles for fire risk
Don't blame bark beetles for fire risk
A new study suggests hot dry weather, not beetles, make forests go up in smoke.