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Sagebrush Planting After Wildfire

Sagebrush Planing

Sage-grouse Habitat at the Idaho National Laboratory Site


Bat Monitoring at the Idaho National Laboratory Site


Desert Timelapse

Fifty five days in fifty seconds. Watch the INL desert bloom again after the 2010 Jefferson Fire. The Jefferson Fire started July 13, 2010, on the Idaho National Laboratory. Winds gusting at more than 50 mph pushed the fire northeast. It eventually burned about 109,000-acres, or 170 square miles. The following spring, a camera was placed within the burn area to document the natural recovery process.


Pygmy Rabbit Burrow: Enter Badger

A pygmy rabbit burrow surveillance camera catches a badger invading the burrow.

Posted May 12, 2010     Dance in the Desert
The Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) has been the subject of both research and monitoring on the INL Site since the mid-1970s. In 2006, S. M. Stoller, through the Environmental Surveillance, Education and Research Program, partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Society to initiate a study for a variety of animal species in the development zone on the INL Site. Because greater sage-grouse is considered a candidate species, one of the principle components will be a Candidate Conservation Agreement between DOE-ID and the USFWS concerning conservation actions that DOE-ID will take to minimize threats to sage-grouse.

WCS is responsible for documenting sage-grouse occurrence and seasonal habitat preferences across the INL Site using radio telemetry data gathered from sage-grouse fitted with radio transmission collars. These data will be used to parameterize spatially explicit statistical models that will delineate the areas most used by sage-grouse on the INL Site. Sage-grouse on the INL Site were fitted with radio collars during the spring of 2008, 2009 and 2010. Sage-grouse have subsequently been tracked throughout the year on both the ground and in the air until the bird either died or the battery on the transmitter expired. Intensive monitoring of collared females allows technicians to locate nests and document nest success.


Posted April 9, 2010 - Elk in the Desert

Twenty female elk are now wearing GPS collars as they roam the Idaho National Laboratory Site. Idaho State University wildlife biologist Ryan Long is coordinating the elk study for his graduate work. Funding for the study comes from the Department of Energy through Stollers Environmental Surveillance, Education and Research Program. ESER provides funding for research at several universities, including ISU.

Information collected about the desert elk will be compared to research currently being conducted on an elk herd in Oregon that occupies more typical forested habitat. The collars record location, activity and movement data for elk that started claiming a more permanent place on site ground a few decades ago.


Posted August, 2009 - Stoller ESER Program Interns
Stoller has had a contract with the U.S. Department of Energy for the Environmental Surveillance, Education and Research Program for eight years. During that time they have hired about twenty interns. Many continue on to graduate school. Some go to professional schools, medical schools, dental schools and some get hired by Stoller, and are incredibly valuable members of our team, said Roger Blew, Ph.D. ecologist. Other former interns have gone on to become college professors. It is an excellent program for students who are interested in science.

Each year Stoller hires summer interns primarily to support ecological field work. The company looks for students with backgrounds in biology, ecology, range- or wildlife-management or an interest in science and hands-on field research.