Natural areas, such as National Parks and Wildlife Refuges, are important habitats for wildlife as well as having other uses. Land managers must balance the multiple purposes of the lands they manage. Our scientists help land managers by providing science to understand how wildlife use different habitats, how these habitats are changing and how other uses of these habitats can affect wildlife. We help address such questions for a wide variety of habitats including coastal areas, wetlands, freshwater streams and rivers, and forests. Since we are located within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, some of our work is focused on habitats of the Bay.