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WildCam Gorongosa

Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique was once among the most diverse places on earth, but decades of war decimated the park’s large animal populations. Now, an international conservation effort is working to restore the park’s wildlife — and we need you to help document this incredible recovery. Join us in identifying Gorongosa’s animals in trail camera photos and become part of our conservation team! Read More

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

The diminishment of Arctic sea ice has led to increased human activities in the Arctic, and has heightened concerns about the region’s future. Issues such as Arctic sovereignty claims; commercial shipping through the Arctic; Arctic oil, gas, and mineral exploration; endangered Arctic species; and increased military operations in the Arctic could cause the region in coming years to become an arena of international cooperation, competition, or conflict. This report provides an overview of Arctic-related issues for Congress, and refers readers to more in-depth CRS reports on specific Arctic-related issues. Read More

Seafood Safety: Background and Issues

Although seafood consumption can contribute to a healthy diet, some fish and shellfish can cause foodborne illnesses or contain environmental contaminants. This report discusses whether current food safety programs are sufficiently protecting consumers, and if not, what changes should be considered. Read More

Discover Life

An interactive encyclopedia about the taxonomy, natural history, distribution, abundance & ecology of species. Includes identification guides, maps & tools to study nature. Read More

The Last Stand of the Gorilla: Environmental Crime and Conflict in the Congo Basin

This report discusses the status of gorillas in the Greater Congo River Basin. The report looks at challenges such as poaching and habitat loss. Read More

Field Trip Earth

Educator resources, sixteen field reports, and 12 field trips to wildlife conservation projects around the world. Each virtual field trip explains the species, project, region, and research data through various media: articles, audio, maps, video, and photographs. Read More

ARKive

Eleven interactive educational games and puzzles on habitats, animal survival, and animal stages around the world. Read More

Soil Quality Concepts

Basic description of soil quality with links to organic matter, soil biology, soil characteristics, assessment, and management. Read More

Coordination of Programs on Domestic Animal Genomics: The Federal Framework

Library Holdings. This report discusses progress by Federal agencies dealing with domestic animal genomics. The work represents an increase in the understanding of domestic animals such as sheep, cattle, swine, bees, and others. Knowledge in this area is crucial for better understanding animal diseases such at bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or “mad cow disease”) Read More

Environmental Fate and Transport of Arsenical Feed Amendments for Animal Agriculture

Managing waste from animal agriculture is not a new issue, but recent trends to condense livestock into intensive animal feeding operations (AFOs), combined with new chemicals and pharmaceuticals that enhance weight gain in the animals, have exacerbated the problems. Approximately 450,000 AFOs are now active in the United States, and because of the large volume of manure that is produced, AFOs can pose serious risks to local and regional water quality, ecology, and human health. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is conducting research on the environmental fate and transport of arsenical feed amendments from poultry houses in several small watersheds including the Pocomoke River Basin on the southern Delmarva Peninsula in Maryland. The Pocomoke River watershed is underlain by Coastal Plain sediments, which are iron-rich and heavily ditched. Ditching enhances the potential for high infiltration and contaminant transport, but the iron deposits provide a high adsorption potential for arsenic and may be trapping the arsenic in the watershed. Read More

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