Science & Research

A national park biologist collects samples of aquatic life in Hoover Creek. The presence or absence of certain fish and invertebrates indicate the creek's water quality.

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National Park Service staff and volunteers use current science, research, and management practices. Historical and archeological studies help park staff preserve, maintain, and educate others about the park's people, places, and stories. Natural sciences research builds a strong scientific foundation for the management and protection of natural resources.
 

Historical Research

Studies of the landscape and historic buildings at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and around West Branch may be found among the National Park Service's park histories.

Natural Sciences Research

Inventory & Monitoring

Scientifically collected data to monitor the park's "vital signs"-measurable, early warning signals of significant changes- to assess the long-term health of natural systems. Trends in populations of birds, native plant communities, and exotic invasive plants may indicate changes in the overall health of the reconstructed tallgrass prairie. Park scientists assess the quality of stream habitat by inventorying Hoover Creek's physical characteristics as well as fish and aquatic invertebrate communities.

National Park scientists at the Heartland Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Network, fifteen national parks in the Midwest sharing resources and professional expertise, periodically inventory and monitor the park's natural resources.

Citizen Science

Citizen-scientists take an active, hands-on approach to stewardship of public natural resources. Volunteers survey breeding birds at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site using established scientific protocol. The findings supplement inventory and monitoring data collected by National Park Service biologists. Studying long-term changes in bird populations helps park managers evaluate prairie restoration efforts, the effectiveness of management methods (such as prescribed fire), and the quality of habitat the park provides.

Species Lists

Explore lists of species documented at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

Data, Studies, & Reports

Additional data may be found through the National Park Service's IRMA (Integrated Resource Management Applications) data system.

 

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