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: July 23, 2019

Brilliant Bandings & Superb Sightings: Ring-billed Gull in Long Island

A color-marked Ring-billed Gull has second sighting in a Long Island village.

Date published: June 14, 2019

Modeling Management Actions Helps Researchers Pinpoint the Main Culprit of Wood Frog Declines

Amphibian decline is a global conservation crisis driven by multiple interacting stressors, which often act at a local scale with global implications.

Date published: May 31, 2019

Student Interns with Differing Abilities Recognized for Accomplishments in Employment Training

USGS student interns and employees of the Band-Scan Project reflect on their work experiences during their time in STEP-UP.


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Year Published: 2019

Promoting change in common tern (Sterna hirundo) nest site selection to minimize construction related disturbance

With dramatic declines in waterbird populations around the globe, wildlife managers have taken great care to minimize disturbance to breeding waterbird colonies. However, sometimes disturbance cannot be avoided and other actions must be considered. During the 2017 breeding season, a colony of Sterna hirundo (Common terns) were deterred from a...

McGowan, Peter C.; Sullivan, Jeffery D.; Callahan, Carl C.; Schultz, William; Wall, Jennifer L.; Prosser, Diann

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See how they ran: Morphological and functional aspects of skeletons from ancient Egyptian shrew mummies (Eulipotyphla: Soricidae: Crocidurinae)

Animals served important roles in the religious cults that proliferated during the Late (ca. 747–332 BCE) and Greco-Roman periods (332 BCE–CE 337) of ancient Egypt. One result was the interment of animal mummies in specialized necropolises distributed throughout the country. Excavation of a rock-tomb that was re-used during the Ptolemaic Period (...

Woodman, Neal; Alec T. Wilken; Salima Ikram
Woodman, N., Wilken, A. T., and Ikram, S., 2019, See how they ran: morphological and functional aspects of skeletons from ancient Egyptian shrew mummies (Eulipotyphla: Soricidae: Crocidurinae): Journal of Mammalogy, v. 100, no. 4, p. 1199-1210.

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Year Published: 2019

Towards recovery of an endangered island endemic: Distributional and behavioral responses of Key Largo woodrats associated with exotic predator removal

Exotic predators create novel ecological contexts for native species, particularly when prey exhibit predator naïve behaviors. Population recovery of island endemic species following predator eradication has been documented broadly, but studies examining mammalian prey behavioral responses to exotic predator removal are less common. The Key Largo...

Cove, Michael V.; Simons, Theodore; Gardner, Beth; O'Connell, Allan F.