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Patuxent Programs

Patuxent research on wildlife populations in North America in integral to the Department of Interior’s stewardship of these important natural resources.  In order to understand and manage wildlife, you need the tools to answer questions such as “which populations are increasing?” and “what species are at greatest risk?” Patuxent scientists develop widely used tools with which to identify, count, and analyze the state of wild populations, as well as tools used to measure the effectiveness of different approaches to managing these populations. The long-running Patuxent programs featured here provide information and tools that are used by the broader research community in producing over a hundred scientific publications each year. 

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North American Breeding Bird Survey

The North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) is the primary source for critical quantitative data to evaluate the status of continental bird species, keeping common birds common and helping fuel a $75 billion wildlife watching industry. Each year thousands of citizen scientists skilled in avian identification collect data on BBS routes throughout North America allowing us to better understand...
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North American Breeding Bird Survey

The North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) is the primary source for critical quantitative data to evaluate the status of continental bird species, keeping common birds common and helping fuel a $75 billion wildlife watching industry. Each year thousands of citizen scientists skilled in avian identification collect data on BBS routes throughout North America allowing us to better understand...
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Biological Survey Unit

Scientists and staff of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center stationed at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) do research on the systematics and conservation of vertebrate species and curate and manage the North American collections of Amphibian, Reptile, Bird, and Mammal specimens and associated records.
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Biological Survey Unit

Scientists and staff of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center stationed at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) do research on the systematics and conservation of vertebrate species and curate and manage the North American collections of Amphibian, Reptile, Bird, and Mammal specimens and associated records.
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