Nature & Science


Nature Watch LogoOpportunities abound for enjoying nature on the Modoc National Forest. The Forest Service NatureWatch program is for people to experience wildlife, fish, and flowers in their natural settings; to promote recreational viewing opportunities; facilitate learning about the environment; and to promote conservation efforts and wise use of natural resources.


Eyes on Wildlife, the Forest Service's Watchable Wildlife Program, is a recreation, education, and conservation program that was developed by the USDA Forest Service in 1988. Eyes on Wildlife facilitates habitat management and improvements for wildlife viewing on the Modoc National Forest. It provides enhanced opportunities for all people to experience wildlife; promotes learning about forest animals and plants and their habitat requirements; and develops broad public support of conservation that maintains healthy ecosystems for all plant and animal species.


Celebrating Wildflowers LogoAmerica's millions of acres of public lands are truly America's wildflower gardens. Celebrating Wildflowers, is a collaborative commemoration between the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service to promote the importance of conservation and management of native plants and plant habitats and emphasizing the aesthetic, recreational, biological, medicinal, and economic values of wildflowers.
"Celebrating Wildflowers - National Wildflower Week" is annually hosted during the month of May to feature the important role that our nation's 630 million acres of public lands play in providing diverse habitats for much of America's flora.


Are you interested in science?  So are we!  Check out these Forest Service, USDA and other sites!

Climate Change LogoAs a land management agency, the US Forest Service has a unique responsibility to address questions about climate change mitigation and adaptation involving the many issues that challenge forest and rangeland owners, managers, and users.  The Forest Service website on Climate Change Research provides useful and interesting information.


The research and development (R&D) arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service works at the forefront of science to improve the health and use of our Nation's forests and grasslands.


The logo for the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology Since 1966 the Cornell Lab has been at the forefront of Citizen Science  and continues to innovate by creating online tools enabling people to share and explore their data. Each day, bird watchers report tens of thousands of bird observations to citizen-science projects at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, contributing to the world’s most dynamic and powerful source of information on birds.
More than 200,000 people contribute to the Cornell Lab’s citizen-science projects each year, gathering data on a vast scale once unimaginable. Scientists use these data to determine how birds are affected by habitat loss, pollution, and disease. They trace bird migration and document long-term changes in bird numbers across the continent. The results have been used to create management guidelines for birds, investigate the effects of acid rain and climate change, and advocate for the protection of declining species.
Visit this site and check out the many different projects and programs available to citizen scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.


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    A real-time, online checklist program. eBird's goal is to maximize the utility and accessibility of the vast numbers of bird observations made each year by recreational and professional bird watchers. In time these data will become the foundation for a better understanding of bird distribution across the western hemisphere and beyond.