HSWRI’s researchers were pioneers in using quadcopter drones equipped with high-resolution cameras for wildlife population surveys. For the first time, researchers were able to count and analyze penguin colonies without disturbing the penguins’ natural behavior. Read...
After researching the endangered northern spotted owl, our researchers discovered fewer baby owls in nests close to busy roads, proving the negative impact of human noise on wildlife. Read more
For years, the water diversion from Mono Lake, California, to the Owens River had researchers worried about the effects on wild populations. Through a 20-year study, HSWRI tracked the impact of the shrinking lake on migratory bird populations. Read more
In the 1960s and 1970s, we discovered that DDT exposure resulted in the thinning of California brown pelican eggs, a major factor in the near extinction of this iconic bird. Read more