Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Migratory Birds

The conservation and management of migratory bird populations has been the focus of Patuxent research and monitoring activities for decades. Patuxent scientists remain at the forefront of research activities exploring a wide variety of issues relevant to migratory bird conservation and developing new statistical approaches that expand the insights possible from ecological studies conducted by scientists from around the world. In addition to its research accomplishments, Patuxent hosts operational programs such as the US Bird Banding Laboratory and North American Breeding Bird Survey. Both programs maintain important data resources that are widely used to document the status, trends, seasonal movements, and other aspects of avian ecology and are essential for managing migratory bird populations.

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Date published: May 1, 2018
Status: Active

Bird Banding Laboratory

The Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) is an integrated scientific program established in 1920 supporting the collection, archiving, management and dissemination of information from banded and marked birds in North America.  This information is used to monitor the status and trends of resident and migratory bird populations. Because birds are good indicators of the health of the environment, the...

Date published: March 19, 2018
Status: Active

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...

Date published: March 19, 2018
Status: Active

Breeding Birds

Patuxent science expands our understanding of the ecological relationships between breeding bird communities and their habitats. For example, Patuxent scientists follow structured decision-making principles to optimize the management of fresh-water and salt-marsh habitats to benefit wetland bird communities. Following pioneering studies documenting the effects of forest fragmentation on...

Date published: March 19, 2018
Status: Active

Migration

Bird migration remains a topic of active research through the use of new technology to provide insights relevant for the conservation of migratory birds. Satellite telemetry is used to study the movements of sea ducks and other waterbirds along the Atlantic Coast, useful data to better understand the potential impacts of offshore energy development. Radar technology is used to study the...

Date published: March 19, 2018
Status: Active

Waterbirds

Patuxent has a long history of research activities supporting the management and conservation of waterbird populations. Current research interests include studying the movements and migration ecology of sea ducks and other waterbirds along the Atlantic Coast, a long-term demographic study of Roseate Tern populations, and the use of restored island habitats by nesting terns. Patuxent scientists...