Wildlife General

Figuring out ways to estimate animal population sizes and their trends involves a lot of research time at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. As you probably know, animals do not particularly want to be counted and it becomes quite a tricky...
Imperiled Species is a general term used to identify species and populations of animals and plants that are in decline and may be in danger of extinction. Many imperiled species have legal protection under Federal laws such as the Endangered Species Act...
The Gap Analysis Program (GAP) is a state-based cooperative effort to map major indicators of biodiversity over states, along with the existing network of conservation lands. The indicators of biodiversity that the GAP state projects map using geographic...
A cluster of sick or dead animals in an area may indicate a wildlife disease of concern. If you find sick or dead wildlife, contact your closest state or federal wildlife agency that may want to investigate some of these incidents. You may also want to...
Visit the USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) to learn more about specific wildlife diseases being studied.  The NWHC was established in 1975 as a biomedical laboratory dedicated to assessing the impact of disease on wildlife and to identifying...
Understanding our fragile environment often begins with recognition of the importance of certain elements, such as zinc and iron, in relation to animals and plants. This recognition is well deserved because these essential elements are necessary for the...
USGS scientists are collaborating with university, State, and Federal groups on a number of studies. Ecological studies focus on forage availability, habitat use, and bison population dynamics. Brucellosis research includes examining the risk of...