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New streamgage installation completed before the big snows in #glaciernationalpark. Site on Snyder Creek nr West Glacier, MT is now up and running. #streamgagesofinstagram
Happy Birthday Montana! Admitted to the union as 41st State. @usgs science has been here all along. #naturaltreasure #bigsky #hbd #1889wasagoodyear
Although every day is a #STEM day at the @usgs, we are excited to celebrate #nationalstemday! Pictured: #science #technology #engineering #math
We post many pictures of our streamgagers on active cableways, but here is a look at how they are built. Large concrete footers are poured in an excavated hole to ensure the A-frames set on top can handle all the forces they will be subjected to. New construction for site on Clark Fork above Missoula.
Researchers used a novel approach with GPS data from radio-collared bears to map paths that male bears in #Montana may take to immigrate between two ecosystems.  Currently, grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are isolated from bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, but both populations are growing and managers agree that contact between the two populations could be genetically beneficial for Yellowstone grizzlies.  For more, see recent article by the Ecological Society of America:

Image:  Scientists collect biological data and fit a radio collar on a grizzly bear in Montana. 
#USGS #science #bears #genetics #conservation #GreaterYellowstone #GYE #NorthernContinentalDivide #NCDE
Though early in the season, snow conditions are unstable in some #Montana ranges. #USGS #snow #science field crews performs stability tests as part of an #avalanche risk assessment. #fieldphotofriday
Hoping for the best, but prepared for an emergency. CPR and first aid training are important to keep our staff as safe as possible. #stayinalive
@usgs scientist repairing the Sperry Weather Station in #Glacier National Park. Data from this station assists @glaciernps fire managers to forecast fire weather and future fire behavior during the 2017 #fire season. #montanafires #fireseason
#USGS Successful #bear and #wolf viewing in the Greater #Yellowstone Ecosystem #fieldphotofriday
#USGS #eclipse2017 from Swan Valley, Montana!!
Last winter's above average snowpack means many rivers are still too high to wade. Here, we're using a bridge crane to hang our equipment over the bridge and measure streamflow in Rock Creek at the Red Lodge streamgage.
Sampling the Yellowstone River near Sidney, MT. This is the longest cableway in Montana. It is very fun to ride downhill to the mid point, but it is A LOT of work to get back up to the shed!