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Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program - 2020 Research Abstracts - This report provides abstracts of most of the ongoing and recently completed research investigations of the USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units program. The report is organized by the following major science themes that contribute to the objectives of the USGS:
Advanced Technologies - Climate Science - Decision Science - Ecological Flows - Ecosystem Services - Energy - Fish and Wildlife Health and Disease - Human Dimensions - Invasive Species - Landscape Ecology - Species and Habitat Management - Species of Greatest Conservation Need - Threatened and Endangered Species
July 2021
Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program - 2021 Year in Review - Childs, D.E., 2021, Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units program—2021 Year in review (ver. 1.1, March 2021): U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1478, 22 p., March 2022
NEW: CRU Expertise Directory is now available! - A new directory of CRU Scientist Expertise is now available. The directory contains an overview of the CRU program, an explanation of the process to identify and fund needed research and a page for each scientist (by Unit) to convey their research expertise, the taxon groups they’ve studied, a short biography and their recent projects and publications. December 2022
Platte Basin Timelapse launches new wetland resources - February 9, 2023

Lincoln, Neb. —Platte Basin Timelapse, housed within the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska­—Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources has released expanded wetlands educational content in collaboration with Nebraska Game and Parks.

These new resources offer the opportunity to learn about Nebraska’s five diverse wetland types, as well as grow one’s understanding of their importance to the state, its people and its wildlife.

Expanded content includes:
--Five documentary films about Nebraska’s wetlands and the wildlife and people who depend on them. These films, created by Platte Basin Timelapse at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, highlight Nebraska’s sandhills, playas, saline, riverine and urban wetlands. Viewers take a journey across the state, meet people working to conserve these spaces, and see landscapes and wildlife few get to experience;
--An updated “Guide to Nebraska’s Wetlands and their Conservation Needs,” available in print and PDF form. The full-color publication covers in-depth 14 Nebraska wetland systems;
--A new booklet, “Wetlandology,” a child-friendly, activity-filled publication on Nebraska’s wetlands and the plants and animals that love them;
--Five digital stories from PBT producers Mariah Lundgren, Ethan Freese, Grant Reiner, Dakota Altman and Brooke Talbott. These ESRI StoryMaps integrate maps, text, photos and video to generate an interactive learning experience; and
--An educator guide to the products and two educational videos with paired lesson plans, which are nearing completion and will be shared soon.

Find all of these resources and more at

This project was led by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Other project partners included the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Nebraska and Ducks Unlimited.

World Wetlands Day is celebrated each year on Feb. 2 to raise awareness about wetlands. In Nebraska, our wetlands provide important habitat for 50% of our birds and plants, 100% of our amphibians and fish, a third of our mammals and reptiles, and 70% of threatened or endangered species.

In addition to these benefits, they also improve water quality, recharge groundwater, protect us from flooding and provide places to recreate.

“In many places, Nebraska’s wetlands have suffered losses and face ongoing threats putting their benefits at risk,” said Ted LaGrange, Game and Parks’ wetlands program manager, who led the project. “We hope sharing these stories about Nebraska’s wetlands will help to improve the conservation of these important areas.”
February 2023