Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

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Welcome to Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

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Welcome to the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, the nation’s first laboratory dedicated to wildlife research.  Since 1936, Patuxent scientists have taken great pride in addressing the most important problems in natural resource conservation and wildlife management.  Today, we assist the nation’s land management agencies through ecological and biological research, by providing scientific data though continental monitoring of wildlife populations, and through development of various technical methods now commonly used in the conservation community.  Patuxent staff are leaders in avian biology, wildlife toxicology, population biology, endangered species conservation, habitat evaluation, monitoring wildlife populations, vertebrate taxonomy and in the methods of Structured Decision Making for natural resource issues.  

I invite you to explore our website further to learn about specific Patuxent projects and products. Our work is presented in a number of ways on the home page: choose from various Programs listed on the right of the page, or try the Current Studies or Research tabs from the menu on the left of the page.  Feel free to contact one of us for further information (see Staff Profiles in the About Us menu), or to discuss a project to which we might contribute.

Don’t hesitate to contact me directly, I welcome the chance to tell you more about the work we do and to hear how we might assist you.

John French

Center Director



John French, Center Director

Patuxent Research

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