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: May 20, 2020

Into Thin Air

Baltimore Magazine — By Lydia Woolever — May 20, 2020

Date published: April 24, 2020

Employee Spotlight: Kyra Harvey

An introduction to the Bird Banding Laboratory’s newest staff member.

Date published: April 22, 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.


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Year Published: 2020

Harnessing multiple models for outbreak management

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has triggered efforts by multiple modeling groups to forecast disease trajectory, assess interventions, and improve understanding of the pathogen. Such models can often differ substantially in their projections and recommendations, reflecting different policy assumptions and objectives, as well as...

Shea, Katriona; Runge, Michael C.; Pannell, David; Probert, William J M; Li, Shou-Li; Tildesley, Michael J.; Ferrari, Matthew J

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Year Published: 2020

Biological control of Aedes mosquito larvae with carnivorous aquatic plant, Utricularia macrorhiza

BackgroundBiological controls with predators of larval mosquito vectors have historically focused almost exclusively on insectivorous animals, with few studies examining predatory plants as potential larvacidal agents. In this study, we experimentally evaluate a generalist plant predator of North America, Utricularia macrorhiza, the common...

Couret, Jannelle; Notarangelo, Marco; Veera, Sarashwathi; LeClaire-Conway, Noah; Ginsberg, Howard S.; LeBrun, Roger A.

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Year Published: 2020

Emerging diseases of avian wildlife

Climate change and the interaction with humans and domestic species influences disease in avian wildlife. This article provides updated information on emerging disease conditions such as the spread of an Asian tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis, and its associated diseases among migratory birds in the eastern United States; lymphoproliferative...

Tyson-Pello, Susan J; Olsen, Glenn H.