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Scientists at the USGS Western Ecological Research Center study the many ecosystems of the Pacific Southwest. Follow our expeditions and projects through this outreach page, and learn more about your local landscape with our library of Outreach Factsheets and photos. Thanks for joining us!

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Photo of families arriving at USGS Open House event --Photographer: Mike Diggles/USGS
MONDAY MAY 14 2012
This weekend is the 2012 USGS Open House in Menlo Park, California -- a great family-friendly event that takes place every three years and gives USG ...more
baby Yellow-backed Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus uniformis) --Photographer: Zachary Cava/USGS
FRIDAY JAN 06 2012
What better way to kick off a new year on the blog than photos of baby reptiles? We're grateful again for the wonderful photography by Zachary Cava ...more
Field photos by Zach Cava at Las Vegas Field Station, 2011 Field Season --Photographer: Zachary Cava/USGS
FRIDAY AUG 05 2011
Are deserts lifeless? Far from it, of course. Incredible species of wondrous reptiles, resplendent flowers and other organisms can be found in Ame ...more
Sonoran or Morafka's desert tortoise --Photographer: Cecil Schwalbe/USGS
We've seen many photos of gray and dusty-looking tortoises in the media over the last two days, as a result of the newly announced tortoise species. But check out this photo taken by biologist Cecil Schwalbe of the USGS Southwest Biological Science Center, one of our sister offices: ...more
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