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New maps document big game migrations across the western United States

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Posted November 16, 2020

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Information from U.S. Geological Survey news release

LARAMIE, Wyo. – For the first time, state and federal wildlife biologists have come together to map the migrations of ungulates – hooved mammals such as mule deer, elk, pronghorn, moose and bison – across America’s West. The maps will help land managers and conservationists pinpoint actions necessary to keep migration routes open and functional to sustain healthy big-game populations.

“This new detailed assessment of migration routes, timing and interaction of individual animals and herds has given us an insightful view of the critical factors necessary for protecting wildlife and our citizens,” said USGS Director Jim Reilly.

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The new study, Ungulate Migrations of the Western United States: Volume 1, includes maps of more than 40 big-game migration routes in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

“I’m really proud of the team that worked across multiple agencies to transform millions of GPS locations into standardized migration maps,” said Matt Kauffman, lead author of the report and director of the USGS Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. “Many ungulate herds have been following the same paths across western landscapes since before the United States existed, so these maps are long overdue.”

The migration mapping effort was facilitated by Department of the Interior Secretary’s Order 3362, which has brought greater focus to the need to manage and conserve big-game migrations in the West. It builds on more than two decades of wildlife research enhanced by a technological revolution in GPS tracking collars. The research shows ungulates need to migrate in order to access the best food, which in the warmer months is in the mountains. They then need to retreat seasonally to lower elevations to escape the deep winter snow.

Big-game migrations have grown more difficult as expanding human populations alter habitats and constrain the ability of migrating animals to find the best forage. The herds must now contend with the increasing footprint of fences, roads, subdivisions, energy production and mineral development. Additionally, an increased frequency of droughts due to climate change has reduced the duration of the typical springtime foraging bonanza.

Fortunately, maps of migration habitat, seasonal ranges and stopovers are leading to better conservation of big-game herds in the face of all these changes. Detailed maps can help identify key infrastructure that affect migration patterns and allow conservation officials to work with private landowners to protect vital habitats and maintain the functionality of corridors.

The migration maps also help researchers monitor and limit the spread of contagious diseases, such as chronic wasting disease, which are becoming more prevalent in wild North American cervid populations such as deer, elk and moose.

“Arizona is excited to be part of this effort,” said Jim deVos, assistant director for wildlife management with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. “This collaboration has allowed us to apply cutting-edge mapping techniques to decades of Arizona’s GPS tracking data and to make those maps available to guide conservation of elk, mule deer and pronghorn habitat.”

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Many of these mapping and conservation techniques were pioneered in Wyoming. Faced with rapidly expanding oil and gas development, for more than a decade the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the USGS Cooperative Research Unit at the University of Wyoming have worked together to map corridors to assure the continued movements of migratory herds on federal lands.

Migration studies have also reached the Wind River Indian Reservation, where researchers are collaborating with the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Fish and Game to track mule deer and elk migrations and doing outreach to tribal youth. Director Reilly emphasized that the interactions with state agencies and the tribes, especially with the Wind River students, have been a hallmark of this effort and have been remarkably successful.

For example, the mapping and official designation of Wyoming’s 150-mile Red Desert as part of the Hoback mule deer migration corridor enabled science-based conservation and management decisions. Detailed maps also allowed managers to enhance stewardship by private landowners, whose large ranches are integral to the corridor. Partners funded fence modifications and treatments of cheatgrass and other invasive plants across a mix of public and private segments within the corridor.

“Just like Wyoming, Nevada has long valued our mule deer migrations,” said Tony Wasley, director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife. “This effort has provided us with a new level of technical expertise to get these corridors mapped in a robust way. We look forward to using these maps to guide our stewardship of Nevada’s mule deer migrations.”

In 2018, the USGS and several western states jointly created a Corridor Mapping Team for USGS scientists to work side-by-side with state wildlife managers and provide technical assistance through all levels of government. With coordination from the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the information-sharing and technical support of the team, agency biologists from Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming collaborated to produce migration maps for the five big-game species. In 2019, the Corridor Mapping Team expanded to include mapping work across all states west of the Rocky Mountains.

In addition to managers from the respective state wildlife agencies, the report was coauthored by collaborating biologists from the USDA Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the Bureau of Land Management, among others. The maps themselves were produced by cartographers from the USGS and the InfoGraphics Lab at the University of Oregon.

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For more details about big-game migrations in the Western United States, read the report, or download the data via

To explore the Western Migrations web viewer, visit the online portal.

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The broadcasts will be carried by the usual networks once again this season, with Fox and NFL Network carrying Thursday night games, NBC holding onto its traditional Sunday night slot and ESPN airing the matchups on Monday night.

The Patriots, Cowboys, Chiefs, Packers, 49ers, Rams and Buccaneers appear most often in prime time during the 2020 NFL season with five games apiece.

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'Thursday Night Football' schedule 2020

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  • Start time: 8:20 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: Fox, NFL Network
  • Live stream: Amazon Prime, fuboTV

Fox will once again carry Thursday night games throughout the season with its premier broadcast team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman in the booth. Games can also be streamed on Amazon Prime with Andrea Kramer and Hannah Storm on the call, or via fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

WeekDateMatchupTV channel
2Sept. 17Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati BengalsNFL Network
3Sept. 24Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Miami DolphinsNFL Network
4Oct. 1New York Jets vs. Denver BroncosFox, NFLN, Prime
5Oct. 8Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersFox, NFLN, Prime
6Oct. 15Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City ChiefsFox, NFLN, Prime
7Oct. 22Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York GiantsFox, NFLN, Prime
8Oct. 29Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta FalconsFox, NFLN, Prime
9Nov. 5San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay PackersFox, NFLN, Prime
10Nov. 12Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis ColtsFox, NFLN, Prime
11Nov. 19Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona CardinalsFox, NFLN, Prime
12Nov. 26Baltimore Ravens vs. Dallas CowboysFox, NFLN, Prime
14Dec. 3Los Angeles Rams vs. New England PatriotsFox, NFLN, Prime
15Dec. 10Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles ChargersFox, NFLN, Prime

'Sunday Night Football' schedule 2020

  • Start time: 8:20 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: NBC
  • Live stream: NBC Sports, fuboTV

For the 14th year in a row, NBC will be broadcasting one of the most anticipated games of the week each Sunday night. As per usual, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will serve as commentators. SNF games can be streamed on or via fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

Week 1Sept. 10 (Thur.)Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans
Sept. 13 Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys
Week 2Sept. 20Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots
Week 3Sept. 27New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers
Week 4Oct. 4San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Week 5Oct. 11Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings
Week 6Oct. 18San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 7Oct. 25Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Week 8Nov. 1Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys
Week 9Nov. 8Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 10Nov. 15New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens
Week 11Nov. 22Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Week 12Nov. 29Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
Week 13Dec. 6Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos
Week 14Dec. 13Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 15Dec. 20Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers
Week 16Dec. 27Green Bay Packers vs. Tennessee Titans
Week 17Jan. 3TBD

'Monday Night Football' schedule 2020

  • Start time: 8:15 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Live stream: ESPN app

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ESPN is entering its 50th year as the home of Monday Night Football, but there have been a number of changes to the team in the booth throughout its history. There will be a new team on the call in 2020 as Steve Levy, Louis Riddick and Brian Griese take over MNF broadcast duties. The games can be streamed with the ESPN app or via fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

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Week 1 (7:15 p.m. ET)Sept. 14New York Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 1 (10:10 p.m. ET)Sept. 14Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans
Week 2Sept. 21Las Vegas Raiders vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 3Sept. 28Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Week 4Oct. 5Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons
Week 5Oct. 12New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Week 6Oct. 19Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals
Week 7Oct. 26Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears
Week 8Nov. 2New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 9Nov. 9New York Jets vs. New England Patriots
Week 10Nov. 16Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings
Week 11Nov. 23Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 12Nov. 30Philadelphia Eagles vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 13Dec. 7San Francisco 49ers vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 14Dec. 14Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens
Week 15Dec. 21Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 16Dec. 28New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills