Updates From the Field

GBI Sawyer Wins National Photo Contest

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Restoration of a burned area provided Nevada Conservation Corps member, Deborah Lopez, the opportunity to improve trail conditions while appearing photogenic for fellow Corps member Liam Downs-Tepper whose photograph of Deb was selected as the winner in the 2016 National Recreation Trail Photo Contest.  The photograph was taken along the Mountain Charleston Trail in southern Nevada.  The high elevation of…

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Swimming with the Fishes: Conserving the Devils Hole Pupfish

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By GBI Research Associates Ambre Chaudoin and Robert Barlics At a mere inch long, the Devils Hole pupfish (Cyprinodon diabolis) is the smallest of the desert pupfishes. This rare fish can be distinguished from other closely related species by its smaller and shallower body, larger head, lack of pelvic fins, and the deep-blue brilliance of the males—bluest of all the…

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The ‘Middle of Everywhere’: Archaeology in the Great Basin

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Story and photos by Lauren di Scipio Kinsner Research Associate, Archaeology Based in the Bureau of Land Management Battle Mountain Field Office, Nevada. As an archaeologist and part of the BLM’s cultural team, I spend my days pretty much 50/50 in the field executing cultural surveys and monitoring, then at my desk doing things such as research, GIS mapping, reviewing/writing…

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Adventures Down Under: Confessions of a Cave Management Specialist.

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Story by Rebecca Urbanczyk, GBI Research Associate. Photos by Rebecca Urbanczyk, Deanna Stever and Emily Simpson. Ever since my first subterranean adventure in West Virginia, I have been hooked on caves and everything inside of them. So when I was offered the Cave Management Specialist job with the Great Basin Institute and the Bureau of Land Management-Ely District in Eastern…

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The desert’s abundant life

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By Mary Lane Poe,  GBI Seed Collection Technician,  My crew lead Melissa Sanders and I are a two-person Great Basin Institute seed collection team based in Las Vegas. We spent the past two months scouting southern Nevada for our priority species and are now out in the field collecting seeds. These seeds will be used in future restoration projects in…

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My AmeriCorps internship served me well

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One of our goals at Great Basin Institute is to introduce people to professional opportunities in resource and ecological management. Every once in a while, we hear back from one of our alumni. Here’s an update from one of our AmeriCorps interns, who served a few years back.  By Patrick Freeze PhD Graduate Research Assistant, Soil Science Washington State University, Pullman…

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Galena’s ‘Bee Hotel’ could save the forest

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This ‘bee hotel’ at the Galena Creek Visitors Center is an attempt to provide a pesticide-free haven for bees, bugs and other pollinators which are critical to a functional environment in the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin.  Story and photo by Ben Spillman, courtesy Reno Gazette-Journal It looks like someone built a firewood shelter in front of the Galena Creek Visitor…

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