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In 2020, the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Leetown Science Center merged to create the Eastern Ecological Science Center (EESC). Our goals are to align our scientific capabilities with the most pressing conservation and management challenges; establish an engaged workforce that fosters high relationship trust with employees, partners and the public; and be a ‘go to’ organization for delivering actionable science to those responsible for conserving our nation’s natural resources for the enjoyment of current and future generations.

Decision Science Support for SARS-CoV-2 Risk to North American Bats

Decision Science Support for SARS-CoV-2 Risk to North American Bats

The Eastern Ecological Science Center is working closely with federal, state, and tribal partners to help inform decisions that reduce the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission from humans to North American wildlife, including bats.

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Endocrine Disrupting Compounds in the Chesapeake

Endocrine Disrupting Compounds in the Chesapeake

Findings from US Geological Survey studies on sources, occurrence, effects and risk of contaminants throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

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News

Date published: October 8, 2021

Employee Spotlight: Lauren E. Walker

Newest member of the Bird Banding Laboratory has a long history with birds.

Date published: September 30, 2021

Chesapeake Bay Tern carrying new style of radio harness observed in Aruba

A Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) fitted with a new style of radio harness traveled over 1850 miles from its breeding grounds on Poplar Island, Maryland, to the island of Aruba, off the coast of Venezuela. 

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

Optimization of salt marsh management at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Maine, through use of structured decision making

Structured decision making is a systematic, transparent process for improving the quality of complex decisions by identifying measurable management objectives and feasible management actions; predicting the potential consequences of management actions relative to the stated objectives; and selecting a course of action that maximizes the total...

Neckles, Hilary A.; Lyons, James E.; Nagel, Jessica L.; Adamowicz, Susan C.; Mikula, Toni; O'Brien, Kathleen M.; Benvenuti, Bri; Kleinert, Ryan
Neckles, H.A., Lyons, J.E., Nagel, J.L., Adamowicz, S.C., Mikula, T., O’Brien, K.M., Benvenuti, B., and Kleinert, R., 2021, Optimization of salt marsh management at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Maine, through use of structured decision making: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1080, 35 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211080.

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Culverts delay upstream and downstream migrations of river herring (Alosa spp.)

Alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) and blueback herring (Alosa aestivalis) are iteroparous anadromous fish found throughout the East Coast of North America. The phenology of anadromous fish migrations is important for fitness, and the duration of spawning migrations has been compressed in recent years in response to climate change. Anthropogenic...

Alcott, Derrick; Goerig, Elsa; Castro-Santos, Theodore R.

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Survival and spawning success of American shad (Alosa sapidissima) in varying temperatures and levels of glochidia infection

Temperature fluctuations and climate change impacts may substantially affect spawning success of fish, especially migratory species with a limited spawning window. Factors affecting American shad (Alosa sapidissima) spawning success and survival were investigated at different temperatures and periods (peak- and late-spawning periods) during the...

Bayse, Shannon M; Regish, Amy M.; McCormick, Stephen D.