Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center research on wildlife populations and on population management encompasses a wide variety of species. While we do not generally view our work as species-based, often individual species are studied, either because of their conservation status or their suitability as a model for populations.
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Science on threatened and endangered species often includes challenges in counting rare animals or in resolving human-wildlife conflicts. Our research is focused on measuring populations and managing species in spite of these challenges, and working with agency biologists who must manage populations under competing priorities for habitat use.
Patuxent’s historical strength and emphasis has been in studies of migratory bird populations. See our migratory birds theme for more information. In addition, we do research on harvested species management, endangered birds, birds in the context of coastal restoration and offshore wind energy development, and birds’...
Patuxent has a strength in Herpetology, with an emphasis on amphibian work: we manage the Northeast Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) and we specialize in the taxonomy, status, and distribution of amphibians – as well as reptiles – with our museum-based team at the...
Our science portfolio includes the study and management of mammal populations, which can require the use of methods and analysis that incorporate the difficulty in detecting them – picture how hard it is to count and identify bats at dusk or estimate the number of mountain lions in an area.
The health of freshwater fish populations is tied closely to competing demands and uses for this resource. Patuxent scientists are applying mark-recapture science and other methods developed for the adapative management of waterfowl to help manage freshwater fish and their habitats.
Our research on pollinators is focused on how to identify, count, and assess populations of bees and butterflies. We are currently developing extensive tools for identifying and monitoring native bees, and for how to estimate numbers of local populations that inhabit fragile ecosystems.