Patuxent Wildlife Research Center


Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (PWRC) produces innovative science to support natural resource management and meet our nation’s most pressing conservation challenges.
PWRC research topics include bird population dynamics, ecotoxicology, and the development of quantitative & decision analysis tools. We conduct several national programs, including the Bird Banding Lab and the Breeding Bird Survey.

Research Spotlight

Research Spotlight

USGS Patuxent scientists are providing managers with tools for improving detection and for proactively mitigating the impacts of amphibian diseases.

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Publication Spotlight

Publication Spotlight

A decision-support framework was developed in collaboration with USFWS to identify approaches to maximize salt marsh management benefits at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

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Date published: March 24, 2020

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts on BBL operations

Learn how BBL operations are proceeding while maintaining social distance required by novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Date published: February 12, 2020

Employee Spotlight: Chief of the Bird Banding Laboratory Retires

Reflecting on Bruce G. Peterjohn’s almost three-decade long career with Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.

Date published: November 18, 2019

First Painted Bunting Banded at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

First Painted Bunting banded at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center is a rare sight in Maryland.


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Year Published: 2020

Identifying life history traits that promote occurrence for four minnow (Leuciscidae) species in intermittent Gulf Coastal Plain streams

- Life history traits of stream fishes partly reflect adaptations to disturbance regimes, which in turn shape assemblage composition via environmental filters. In this study, we focused on life history traits of four morphologically similar leuciscid species in coastal plain streams of southwestern GA that are shifting from historically perennial...

Davis, Jessica L.; Freeman, Mary C.; Golladay, Stephen W.

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Year Published: 2020

Application of airborne LiDAR and GIS in modeling trail erosion along the Appalachian Trail, New Hampshire, USA

Recreational activities can negatively affect protected area landscapes and resources and soil erosion is frequently cited as the most significant long-term impact to recreational trails. Comprehensive modeling of soil loss on trails can identify influential factors that managers can manipulate to design and manage more sustainable trails. Field...

Eagleston, Holly; Marion, Jeffrey L.

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Year Published: 2020

Prioritizing water security in the management of vector borne diseases: Lessons from Oaxaca, Mexico

Changes in human water use, along with temperature and rainfall patterns, are facilitating habitat spread and distribution of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, the primary vectors for the transmission of Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika viruses in the Americas. Artificial containers and wetspots provide major sources of mosquito larval...

Akanda, Ali S; Johnson, Kristine D.; Ginsberg, Howard S.; Couret, Janelle