Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Habitat Management

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.

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Date published: April 10, 2018
Status: Active

Forests

Our nation’s forests serve many purposes including source of timber, habitat for wildlife, and a place for people to recreate. Our scientists seek to understand how forests can serve all these functions by answering such questions as, “How do forests managed for timber harvest and bird habitat affect the bat populations of the forest?” and “How can hiking trails be designed to minimize impacts...

Date published: April 9, 2018
Status: Active

Wetlands

Wetlands play many important roles in the environment including water purification, flood prevention, stabilizing shorelines, and serve as habitat for fish, shellfish, waterfowl and other wildlife.  We work with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service and other federal and state land managers that are charged with managing our nation’s wetlands to ensure these habitats are...

Date published: April 9, 2018
Status: Active

Coastal & Estuarine

Coastal areas and estuaries contain a variety of habitats that serve many purposes including protecting other lands from flooding and storms, habitats important to commercially harvested fish and shellfish, recreational uses, and habitat for wildlife. We work with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service and other federal and state land managers that are charged with managing...

Date published: April 9, 2018
Status: Active

Freshwater

Our nation’s rivers have many uses. People have altered the flow of some rivers through diversions, dams, and water use.  Such changes can affect fish populations and our scientist work to understand these effects by answering such questions as “How is survival of young fish affected by streamflow patterns?” and “How do fish communities respond to changes in water management?”

Date published: April 9, 2018
Status: Active

Chesapeake Bay Projects

The Chesapeake Bay is the nation’s largest estuary and third largest in the world.  It is an important habitat for many species and our science focuses on wetlands and waterbirds. Our scientists address such questions as “How are Chesapeake Bay wetlands responding to sea level rise?” and “How do different shoreline types impact waterbird populations?” and “What can refuge land managers do to...