Scientific Research

The greenback cutthroat trout needs saving, again
The greenback cutthroat trout needs saving, again
After a case of mistaken identity, scientists double down on their efforts to save a fabled fish.
Update: The West’s monarch migration is disappearing
Update: The West’s monarch migration is disappearing
Fall counts show a 99 percent decline in the butterfly population since the ‘80s.
See the West’s overlooked pollinators — like never before
See the West’s overlooked pollinators — like never before
As native bees sink in the shadow of honeybees, one artist creates a vivid showcase.
The plight of the ‘snow oxen’
The plight of the ‘snow oxen’
A biologist draws on his fieldwork to consider the world of muskoxen during climate change.
Elizabeth Warren’s claim to Cherokee ancestry is a form of violence
Elizabeth Warren’s claim to Cherokee ancestry is a form of violence
Be it by the barrel of a carbine or a mail-order DNA test, the American spirit demands the disappearance of Indigenous people.
Marine mammals and turtles rebound after endangered species protections
Marine mammals and turtles rebound after endangered species protections
A new study shows broad recovery but doesn’t dive into the problems that remain.
Update: The decline of Western snowpack is real
Update: The decline of Western snowpack is real
Data confirms climate model predictions of less snow that melts earlier in the season.
The shutdown has halted important scientific research
The shutdown has halted important scientific research
Disrupted funding for federal science hurts Western lands and economies.
The howl and death of wolf 926F
The howl and death of wolf 926F
A researcher’s mission to document the wild records the song of a famous Yellowstone canine.
What you lose when you lose local news
What you lose when you lose local news
People are less likely to vote, and politics become more polarized.
New rules limiting clean water protections ignore stream science
New rules limiting clean water protections ignore stream science
What happens to part of a river network affects all of it.
Do climate policies have a negative effect on jobs?
Do climate policies have a negative effect on jobs?
Climate change will hurt the economy if not addressed, but evidence on how environmental regulations affect unemployment is mixed.
Congress sends bill bolstering earthquake program to Trump
Congress sends bill bolstering earthquake program to Trump
A quake near Anchorage highlights the importance of preparation and monitoring.
Latest: BLM abandons plan to surgically sterilize wild horses
Latest: BLM abandons plan to surgically sterilize wild horses
The agency will focus on increasing adoption of horses and research other methods.
Offshore oil drilling could hamper Arctic aurora research
Offshore oil drilling could hamper Arctic aurora research
The risk of rocket parts falling on rigs and workers may limit launches.
Latest: Top National Park Service climate official resigns
Latest: Top National Park Service climate official resigns
Marcy Rockman cites pressure from agency.
Wildfire recovery is possible — for some Westerners
Wildfire recovery is possible — for some Westerners
Resilience depends on economics and history as much as fuel.
California wildfires weren’t always this destructive
California wildfires weren’t always this destructive
Indigenous residents say traditional practices and careful burns could temper blazes.
Can big data help save endangered species?
Can big data help save endangered species?
A new tool could improve rare species recovery — or justify letting some species perish.
What’s special about a good-for-nothing sunflower?
What’s special about a good-for-nothing sunflower?
In an age of extinction, a sunny, endangered flower serves as a beacon of arid lands.
What does wilderness sound like?
What does wilderness sound like?
A photographer and audio researchers document the soundscapes of remote national parks in Alaska.
Tossing salmon for science
Tossing salmon for science
A decades-long experiment demonstrates how the iconic fish help trees grow.
How politics could impact future counts of Yellowstone grizzlies
How politics could impact future counts of Yellowstone grizzlies
A ruling restoring federal protections cited a concession to states on census estimates.
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