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Telemetry monitoring, Salton Sea, CA --Photographer: T. Anderson

Threats to Wildlife & Habitats

The threat posed to wildlife and habitat by ecosystem change is one of the most complex and formidable challenges facing today’s society. Hazards that include sea level rise, increasingly severe and frequent wildfires, and habitat loss affect biota, water, ecosystems, cultures, and economies at virtually all scales, and are relevant to decision making at local, regional, and national levels. These ecosystem changes can lead to extraordinary physical and biological changes to the landscape, will place many species at risk and will bring significant challenges to those who manage our natural resources.

WERC engages in numerous ecosystem research programs through other USGS science centers and partnerships to understand how these changes will affect natural resources and how best to help managers deal with the changing landscape. Our scientists are collaborating with many other agencies and disciplines to focus on diverse issues related to ecosystem hazards occurring in island, estuary, forest, mountain and desert ecosystems across California and Nevada.

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