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Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (PWRC)

The Patuxent Wildlife Research Center was established in 1936 as the nation's first wildlife experiment station. Their focus has been on conducting applied research and dissemination. Specific areas of research and management include:

  • Migratory birds
  • Reptiles and amphibians
  • Waterfowl harvest
  • Fisheries
  • Endangered species management
  • Urban wildlife
  • Contaminants, pollution and wildlife toxicology
  • Wildlife population analysis
  • Wetlands, coastal plain and flood management
  • Management of national parks and wildlife refuges
  • Recreation ecology

The  PWRC manages national inventory and monitoring programs and is responsible for the North American Bird Banding Program and leadership of other national bird monitoring programs. Research on the Shenandoah salamander, an Appalachian LCC endemic, is managed out of PWRC and is ongoing. The Patuxent Wildlife Research Center provides additional information on their current projects and staff on their website (

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