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Slide 1Click to see more from our Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab Slide 1ICON - International Camera Observation Network
Camera trap surveys and research studies have generated a voluminous amount of scientific data in the form of animal imagery that often impedes effective interpretation.
Slide 2State of the Birds
Patuxent scientists and databases have played a critical role in development of the State of the Birds reports. These reports provide comprehensive summaries of the population status of North American birds.
Slide 3USGS Bird Banding Laboratory
The Bird Banding Laboratory coordinates the banding and marking of birds across the United States and its territories. Its databases house approximately 64.5 million banding records and 4.5 million recoveries of banded birds, providing a wealth of information on the migratory movements of birds across the continent.
Slide 5Bird Phenology Program
The North American Bird Phenology Program, part of the USA-National Phenology Network, was a network of volunteer observers who recorded information on first arrival dates, maximum abundance, and departure dates of migratory birds across North America dating from 1880 to 1970.
SECURE: is a global network, spanning 26 countries on 6 continents, of Surface Elevation Table-Marker Horizon (SET-MH) stations that provide high-resolution accretion, elevation, and subsidence data across local and regional landscapes.
Slide 8Patuxent Facilities Modernization Program
Critical facilities deficiencies at Patuxent that have developed over decades will be rectified by the completion of the ongoing Patuxent Facilities Modernization Program.
Slide 9Seaduck Research
Research on waterfowl has always been a priority at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. The Atlantic Seaduck Project continues research on potential impacts of offshore windpower on seabird habitat utilization, prey resource shifts due to climate change and land use change, and ecological services of oyster restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay.
Slide 10Structured Decision Making
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center is a recognized world-leader in the application of Structured Decision Making (SDM) to problems in natural resource management and has applied the approach to a wide variety of North American conservation questions: horseshoe crab and shorebirds in Delaware Bay, white-nose syndrome in bats, wolf recovery, needs of the National Refuge System for bird monitoring, Steller's eider reintroduction, to mention only a few.

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  • New Book: Dr. Matthew Perry editor of the USGS Circular: The History of Patuxent: America's Wildlife Research Story (January 2017)
  • Patuxent Scientist Dr. Diann Prosser recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). “I congratulate these outstanding scientists and engineers on their impactful work,” President Obama said. “These innovators are working to help keep the United States on the cutting edge, showing that Federal investments in science lead to advancements that expand our knowledge of the world around us and contribute to our economy.” (January 2017)
  • Patuxent Scientist's Dr. J. Andrew Royle and Dr. Donald Cahoon received USGS Distinguished Service Awards January 2017)
  • Patuxent Scientist Dr. Barnett Rattner received the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Awarded Dr. Rattner a Presidential Citation Award for his years of service on the SETAC World Council. (November 2016)
  • Patuxent Scientist Dr. J. Andrew Royle becoming a Senior Scientist. He is only the second research statistician, in the USGS, to be honored with this designation. (October 2016)
  • Patuxent Scientist Dr. John Sauer recipient of the Partners in Flight Special Award at the North American Ornithological council meeting. (August 2016)
  • New Book: Mark C. Wimer authors Los Angeles County Breeding Bird Atlas (June 2016)
  • Patuxent Scientist/Research Manager Linda Weir recipient of the 2016 Alison Haskell for Excellence in Herpetofaunal Conservation Award for her past role as USGS Coordinator for the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program and her service to Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. (March 2016)
  • New book: Dr. Roy McDiarmid authors "Handbook of Larval Amphibians of the United States and Canada".
  • New book: Dr. J. Andrew Royle authors "Applied Hierarchical Modeling in Ecology: Analysis of distribution, abundance and species richness in R and BUGS: Volume 1:Prelude and Static Models".
Handbook of Larval Amphibians of the United States and Canada
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