Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Patuxent Programs

Patuxent research on wildlife populations in North America in integral to the Department of Interior’s stewardship of these important natural resources.  In order to understand and manage wildlife, you need the tools to answer questions such as “which populations are increasing?” and “what species are at greatest risk?” Patuxent scientists develop widely used tools with which to identify, count, and analyze the state of wild populations, as well as tools used to measure the effectiveness of different approaches to managing these populations. The long-running Patuxent programs featured here provide information and tools that are used by the broader research community in producing over a hundred scientific publications each year. 

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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: February 15, 2018
Status: Archived

Biological Survey Unit

Scientists and staff of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center stationed at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) do research on the systematics and conservation of vertebrate species and curate and manage the North American collections of Amphibian, Reptile, Bird, and Mammal specimens and associated records.

Date published: February 7, 2018
Status: Active

Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

The USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program designs and develops large and small scale surveys for native bees. As part of that program we also develop identification tools and keys for native bee species. One aspect of creating those tools is creating accurate and detailed pictures of native bees and the plants and insects they interact with.