Seabird Research Program

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The Seabird Research Program at PWRC is focused on studying the ecology of species present across the Atlantic Coast. This program was a natural progression of PWRC's historic work studying the coastal ecology of wildlife in and around the Chesapeake Bay. We now focus on the three key areas on a variety of species: physiology, avoided bycatch, and movement ecology.

Our projects focus on sensory preception, energentics, and movement of several different species.  Below you can find detailed information on several of our ongoing projects.


An animated image of three harlequin duck chicks, about 20 hours old, sitting together
Three 20-hour old Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) chicks from Patuxent Wildlife Research Center's captive colony.(Credit: Jonathan L Fiely, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Public domain.)