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Bruce G. Peterjohn

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
12100 Beech Forest Road
Laurel, MD 20708-4038

Photo of Bruce G. Peterjohn

Telephone: 301-497-5646

Fax: 301-497-5717

Email: BPeterjohn@usgs.gov

Wildlife Biologist

Primary Responsibilities: 

As Chief of the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL), I administer a program that coordinates bird banding activities across the US and its Territories. This program supports the activities of approximately 1,750 Master bird banders and more than 5,000 subpermittees. In addition to issuing bird banding permits and bird bands, the BBL maintains databases for all birds banded in the US and Canada. These databases currently house approximately 65 million banding records and 4.5 million records of banded birds that have been reported by the public.

Education/Training: 
B.S., The College of Wooster, 1974, Zoology
M.S., Southern Illinois University, 1976, Zoology

Areas of Expertise/Interest: Ornithology, population monitoring
Accomplishments/Awards/Achievements: 
USGS Patuxent Scientific Achievement Award, 2000
Elective Member, Am. Ornithologists Union, 2000
DOI Secretary’s Stewardship Award, 1993

Publications

Bildstein, K. L. and B. G. Peterjohn. 2012. The future of banding in raptor science. Journal of Raptor Research 46(1):3-11. abstract

Lutmerding, J. A., M. Rogosky, B. Peterjohn, J. McNicoll, and D. Bystrak. 2012. Summary of raptor encounter records at the Bird Banding Lab. Journal of Raptor Research 46(1):17-26. abstract

Peterjohn, B. G. 2011. Why bird banding should continue. Wildlife Professional 5(3):85.

Martin, E., B. G. Peterjohn, and S. Kelling. 2009. Gathering, organizing, and accessing data for use in bird conservation across the Americas. Pages 388-393 in Terrell D. Rich, Coro Arizmendi, Dean W. Demarest, and Craig Thompson, editors. Tundra to Tropics: Connecting birds, habitats and people. Proceedings of the Fourth International Partners in Flight Conference. Partners in Flight, McAllen, Texas. viii, 712 pp. PDF

Peterjohn, B. 2007. Grassland and shrubland birds of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site: Current status and management recommendations. Technical Report NPS/NER/NRTR--2007/102 U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Northeast Region , Philadelphia, PA. ix, 27 pp. PDF

Peterjohn, B., B. Eick, and B. Blumberg. 2006-2007. Native grasses: Contributors to historical landscapes and grassland-bird habitat in the Northeast. Park Science 24(2):62-66. PDF

Peterjohn, B. 2006. [Book review] Birds in Europe: Population Estimates, Trends and Conservation Status. Auk 123(3):915-916. abstract

Peterjohn, B. 2006. Conceptual ecological model for management of breeding grassland birds in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Technical Report NPS/NER/NRTR--2006/005 U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Northeast Region , Philadelphia, PA. vii, 43 pp. PDF

Peterjohn, B. 2006. Conceptual ecological model for management of breeding shurbland birds in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Technical Report NPS/NER/NRR--2006/043 National Park Service , Philadelphia, PA. vii, 61 pp. PDF

Stohlgren, T. J., D. Barnett, C. Flather, P. Fuller, B. Peterjohn, J. Kartesz, and L. L. Master. 2006. Species richness and patterns of invasion in plants, birds, and fishes in the United States. Biological Invasions 8(3):427-447. abstract

Pardieck, K. L. and B. G. Peterjohn. 2005. Monitoring Puerto Rican avifauna using roadside surveys. Pages 937-943 (v. 2) in C. John Ralph and Terrell D. Rich, editors. Bird Conservation Implementation and Integration in the Americas: Proceedings of the Third International Partners in Flight Conference 2002. General Technical Report PSW-191. U. S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Albany, California. 2 volumes: xiv, 1296 pp. PDF

Peterjohn, B. 2005. [Book review] Shorebirds of North America: the Photographic Guide. By Dennis R. Paulson. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey. 2005: 384 pp., 534 color photographs. ISBN: 0691102740, $65 (cloth). ISBN: 0691121079, $29.95 (paper). Wilson Bulletin 117(4):425-426. abstract

Stohlgren, T. J., D. Barnett, C. Flather, J. Kartesz, and B. Peterjohn. 2005. Plant species invasions along the latitudinal gradient in the United States. Ecology 86(9):2298-2309. abstract

Wimer, M., B. Peterjohn, A. Ott, and N. Griffin. 2005. North American Breeding Bird Atlas viewer. Wilson Ornithological Society and Association of Field Ornithologists Joint Meeting, April 21-24, Beltsville, Maryland. Abstracts :P17. PDF

Peterjohn, B. G. 2004. [Book review] Oklahoma Breeding Bird Atals. Edited by Dan L. Reinking. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma. 2004: 528 pp., 222 color illustrations, 230 color maps. ISBN: 0806136146. $34.95 (paper). Wilson Bulletin 116(3):281-282. abstract

Peterjohn, B. G. 2003. Agricultural landscapes: can they support healthy bird populations as well as farm products? Auk 120(1):14-19. abstract BioOne or JSTOR

Steinkamp, M. J., B. G. Peterjohn, and J. L. Keisman. 2003. Incorporating precision, accuracy and alternative sampling designs into a continental monitoring program for colonial waterbirds. Ornis Hungarica 12-13:209-217. PDF

Martin, E., B. G. Peterjohn, and M. D. Koneff. 2001. Access to bird population data. Pages 155-156, abstract #417 in Abstracts of papers presented at the 119th stated meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union in conjunction with the 20th annual meeting of the Society of Canadian Ornithologists Societe des Ornithologistes du Canada 16 - 18 August at the University of Washington, Seattle. 168 pp.

Peterjohn, B. 2001. [Book review] Birds of Delaware.—Gene K. Hess, Richard L. West, Maurice V. Barnhill III, and Lorraine M. Fleming. 2000. University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA. xvii + 635 pp., numerous black-and-white illustrations, graphs, tables, and distribution maps. ISBN 0-8229-4069-8. $65.00 (cloth). Condor 103(2):426-427. abstract

Peterjohn, B. G. 2001. The birds of Ohio : completely revised & updated with Ohio breeding bird atlas maps . Rev. & updated edition. Wooster Book Co , Wooster, Ohio. xli, 637 pp. book info

Peterjohn, B. G. 2001. Some considerations on the use of ecological models to predict species' geographic distributions. Condor 103(3):661-663. abstract

Howe, M. A. and B. G. Peterjohn. 2000. A different kind of census: A field guide to nongame bird monitoring programs. Bird Conservation No. 13:8-9.

Peterjohn, B. G., J. R. Sauer, and S. Schwarz. 2000. Temporal and geographic patterns in population trends of brown-headed cowbirds. Pages 21-34 in James N. M. Smith, Terry L. Cook, Stephen I. Rothstein, Scott K. Robinson, and Spencer G. Sealy. Ecology and management of cowbirds and their hosts: studies in the conservation of North American passerine birds. University of Texas Press, Austin, TX. ix, 388 pp.

Peterjohn, B. and J. R. Sauer. 1999. Population status of North American grassland birds from the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Pages 27-44 in Peter D. Vickery and James R. Herkert, editors. Ecology and conservation of grassland birds of the western hemisphere. Studies in Avian Biology 19. 299 pp. available here

Ribic, C. A., S. J. Lewis, S. Melvin, J. Bart, and B. Peterjohn, compilers. 1999. Proceedings of the marsh bird monitoring workshop. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey , Laurel, Md. iv, 52 pp. PDF

Steinkamp, M., B. Peterjohn, D. Prosser, and S. Dreher. 1999. Monitoring North America's colonial waterbirds: a comprehensive program. Pacific Seabirds 26(1):54 (abstract).

Vickery, P. D., P. L. Tubaro, J. M. Cardoso da Silva, B. Peterjohn, J. R. Herkert, and R. B. Cavalcanti. 1999. Conservation of grassland birds in the western hemisphere. Pages 2-26 in Peter D. Vickery and James R. Herkert, editors. Ecology and conservation of grassland birds of the western hemisphere. Studies in Avian Biology 19. 299 pp. available here

Peterjohn, B. G. and J. R. Sauer. 1997. Population trends of black terns from the North American Breeding Bird Survey, 1966-1996. Colonial Waterbirds 20(3):566-573. abstract

Kendall, W. L., B. G. Peterjohn, and J. R. Sauer. 1996. First-time observer effects in the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Auk 113(4):823-829. PDF

Peterjohn, B. and P. Davis. 1996. First report of the Maryland/DC Records Committee. Maryland Birdlife 52(1):3-43.

Peterjohn, B. G. and J. R. Sauer. 1996. Population trends of black terns on the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Colonial Waterbird Society Bulletin 20(2):52.

Sauer, J. R., G. W. Pendleton, and B. G. Peterjohn. 1996. Evaluating causes of population change in North American insectivorous songbirds. Conservation Biology 10(2):465-478. abstract

Peterjohn, B. G., J. R. Sauer, and W. A. Link. 1995-1996. The 1994 and 1995 summary of the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Bird Populations 3:48-66.

Bart, J., M. Hofschen, and B. G. Peterjohn. 1995. Reliability of the Breeding Bird Survey: Effects of restricting surveys to roads. Auk 112(3):758-761. PDF

Peterjohn, B. G. and J. R. Sauer. 1995. Population trends of the loggerhead shrike from the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Pages 117-121 in Reuven Yosef and Fred E. Lohrer, editors. Shrikes (Laniidae) of the World: Biology and Conservation. Proceedings of the First International Shrike Symposium. Proceedings of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology 6(1). ix, 343 pp. book info

Peterjohn, B. G. and J. R. Sauer. 1995. Purple martin population trends from the North American Breeding Bird Survey, 1966-1994. Purple Martin Update 6(2):2-8.

Peterjohn, B. G., J. R. Sauer, and S. Orsillo. 1995. Breeding Bird Survey: Population trends 1966-92. Pages 17-21 in E. T. LaRoe, G. S. Farris, C. E. Puckett, P. D. Doran, and M. J. Mac, editors. Our Living Resources: A Report to the Nation on the Distribution, Abundance, and Health of U.S. Plants, Animals, and Ecosystems. National Biological Service, Washington, DC. xi, 530 pp.

Peterjohn, B. G., J. R. Sauer, and C. S. Robbins. 1995. Population trends from the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Pages 3-39 in Thomas E. Martin and Deborah M. Finch, editors. Ecology and Management of Neotropical Migratory Birds: A Synthesis and Review of Critical Issues. Oxford University Press, New York. xvi, 489 pp. book info

Sauer, J. R., S. Orsillo, and B. G. Peterjohn. 1995. Geographic patterns in relative abundances and population trends of breeding and wintering loggerhead shrikes in North America. Pages 128-141 in Reuven Yosef and Fred E. Lohrer, editors. Shrikes (Laniidae) of the World: Biology and Conservation. Proceedings of the First International Shrike Symposium. Proceedings of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology 6(1). ix, 343 pp. book info

Gustafson, M. E. and B. G. Peterjohn. 1994. Adult Slaty-backed Gulls: Variability in mantle color and comments on identification. Birding 26(4):243-249.

Peterjohn, B. 1994. The North American Breeding Bird Survey. Birding 26(6):386-398.

Peterjohn, B. G. and J. R. Sauer. 1994. Population trends of woodland birds from the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Wildlife Society Bulletin 22(2):155-164. abstract

Peterjohn, B. G., J. R. Sauer, and W. A. Link. 1994. The 1992 and 1993 summary of the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Bird Populations 2:46-61.

Reynolds, R. E., T. L. Shaffer, J. R. Sauer, and B. G. Peterjohn. 1994. Conservation reserve program: Benefit for grassland birds in the northern plains. Transactions of the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference 59:328-336.

Sauer, J. R., S. Orsillo, and B. G. Peterjohn. 1994. Population status and trends of grouse and prairie-chickens from the North American Breeding Bird Survey and Christmas Bird Count. Transactions of the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference 59:439-448.

Sauer, J. R., B. G. Peterjohn, and W. A. Link. 1994. Observer differences in the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Auk 111(1):50-62. PDF

Butcher, G. S., B. Peterjohn, and C. J. Ralph. 1993. Overview of national bird population monitoring programs and databases. Pages 192-203 in Deborah M. Finch and Peter W. Stangel, editors. Status and Management of Neotropical Migratory Birds. Estes Park Center, September 21-25, YMCA of the Rockies, Colorado. General Technical Report RM-229. U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Fort Collins, CO. iv, 422 pp. PDF

Peterjohn, B. G. and J. R. Sauer. 1993. North American Breeding Bird Survey annual summary 1990-1991. Bird Populations 1:52-67.

Robbins, C. S., J. R. Sauer, and B. G. Peterjohn. 1993. Population trends and management opportunities for neotropical migrants. Pages 17-23 in Deborah M. Finch and Peter W. Stangel, editors. Status and Management of Neotropical Migratory Birds. General Technical Report RM-229. U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Fort Collins, CO. iv, 422 pp. PDF

Peterjohn, B. G. 1992. Use of Breeding Bird Survey data by Atlas projects. Pages 27-32 in A. T. Cringan, H. Kingery, and D. Wills, compilers. Proceedings of the Fourth Breeding Bird Atlas Conference. Colorado Bird Atlas Partnership, Denver Museum of Natural History, Denver, Colorado. 101 pp.

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