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Screenshot of a coloring sheet on migratory songbirds of Cabrillo National Monument. --Photographer: Ben Young Landis/Suellen Lynn/USGS
FRIDAY MAY 10 2013
This Saturday, May 11th, Barbara Kus, Suellen Lynn and other USGS Western Ecological Research Center biologists will participate in the Migratory Bird ...more
The flower of the thistle sage, Salvia carduacea. --Photographer: Heather Schneider/USGS
FRIDAY DEC 14 2012
#FFF stands for "Flora and Fauna Fridays" -- a new regular feature we'll try out here on the blog. With the help of WERC scientists, we'll e ...more
Least Bell's Vireo in Mexico --Photographer: USGS Western Ecological Research Center
MONDAY JUL 09 2012
When it comes to vacation planning, the least Bell’s vireo (Vireo bellii pusillus) is pretty savvy. USGS Western Ecological Research Center ornitho ...more
Least Bell's Vireo near La Paz, Mexico --Photographer: Courtesy of Steve Mlodinow
MONDAY FEB 13 2012
The least Bell's vireo (Vireo bellii pusillus) is federally listed as endangered. This small songbird -- it weighs less than an empty aluminum soda ca ...more
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