Coexisting with Carnivores: CEMML Helps Edwards Air Force Base Manage Human-Wildlife Balance

A CEMML team of wildlife experts at Edwards Air Force Base in California is trapping coyotes and bobcats and fitting them with GPS collars to better understand their movements and monitor changes in their population. The project also aims to educate base residents on the animals’ behavior and the important role these and other carnivores play in helping to maintain a healthy ecosystem.

June 28, 2022

How Loud is Too Loud? Investigating How Noise Affects Birds

Over the last few years, three CEMML biologist, part of the natural resource team on Travis Air Force Base, set out to determine how manmade noise affects nesting birds of prey, like owls, hawks, and eagles. COVID-19 provided an opportunity to record and compare the differences in both ambient noise and raptor nesting activity on base, during and after the pandemic.

May 23, 2022

Military Veteran and Recent CSU Graduate Primed to Continue Work with CEMML

Growing up in Fort Collins, Nate Kettle always knew he wanted to go to Colorado State University. With his military service background, he was immediately drawn to CEMML which allowed him to visualize a future career path after graduation. Throughout his military service, encounters with endangered species and natural areas at training sites sparked his […]

May 12, 2022

Using Environmental DNA sampling to Support Preservation Efforts on Hanscom Air Force Base

CEMML personnel are collaborating with the 66th Civil Engineering Division on Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts to protect and maintain natural resources on the installation. These efforts include confirming the presence of blue-spotted salamanders, a state-protected species, by conducting environmental DNA sampling.

April 6, 2022

Edwards Air Force Base partners with CEMML to tag and track wildlife

On Edwards Air Force Base, little is known regarding bobcat and coyote activities, especially in regions where wildlife zones meet public areas. A team of CEMML wildlife experts aims to change that. By catching the animals and fitting them with temporary GPS collars, the team will be able to track their movements via satellite.

March 2, 2022

Small team, big impact: CEMML joins wildland firefighting in Alaska

In June of 2019, lightning ignited a wildfire on the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage, Alaska, threatening homes and infrastructure. A small group of CEMML wildland firefighter based at nearby Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson joined the response. With their specialized expertise, the JBER module has become a “force multiplier” for the Air Force in Alaska.

February 17, 2022

Helping to protect the threatened Mojave Desert Tortoise at Nellis Air Force Base

Every spring, during active tortoise season, a team of CEMML wildlife specialists conducts weekly surveys for signs of tortoise activity on Nellis Air Force Base and the Nevada Test and Training Range. The Air Force utilizes the survey data to minimize potential impacts to the species and plan for conservation opportunities such as habitat restoration.

October 7, 2021

CEMML Partnership at Travis AFB Brings Innovation and Thriving Natural Resources

Through a combination of programs and partnerships with CEMML and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the 60th Civil Engineer Squadrons’ Natural Resource Program is helping to protect threatened and endangered species at Travis AFB. The program maintains and restores ecosystem composition, structure, and function with a special emphasis on rare and endemic species unique […]

June 22, 2021

CEMML personnel within the Wildland Fire Branch battle fire season despite COVID-19

CEMML teams across the country work with the Air Force’s Wildland Fire Branch to respond to wildfires, pandemic or not. CEMML wildland fire leads Frank Gibbs and Jon Glover weigh in on the challenges of fighting fires in Florida, Alaska, and beyond in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 20, 2020

Beale Air Force Base is the new monarch butterfly hotspot with the help of CEMML biologist

For CEMML biologist Chadwick McCready, what started as an observation and a river bank restoration project, led to the discovery of 10 monarch breeding sites on Beale and the creation of a series of pollinator gardens to aid in the butterfly’s annual migration.

July 14, 2020

CEMML partners with Joint Base Langley-Eustis and the local community to preserve Depression-era Cemeteries

CEMML’s cultural resources team at Joint Base Langley-Eustis won a National Public Lands Day (NPLD) award for preserving Depression-era graves at Fort Eustis and increasing the local community’s awareness of history. The NPLD is the United States’ largest, single-day volunteer effort focused on public lands. Its goal is to bring together federal land managers and […]

July 26, 2018

To prepare for climate change, U.S. Air Force enlists CSU/CEMML scientists, engineers

From rising temperatures to eroding beaches and increased flood and wildfire risks, a warming climate will have ripple effects across the world – and the U.S. military wants to be ready. CEMML’s Mindy Clarke is leading a multi-disciplinary CSU/CEMML team on a nearly $3 million project in partnership with U.S. Air Force to help its […]

September 19, 2017