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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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They sing, they solve mysteries and their squeaky voices might be one cause of our global shortage in helium. Chipmunks are certainly talented creat ...more
Palmer's chipmunk --Photographer: Chris Lowrey/USGS
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Field photos by Zach Cava at Las Vegas Field Station, 2011 Field Season --Photographer: Zachary Cava/USGS
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