The history of Patuxent: America’s wildlife research story

Circular 1422
Prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Edited by: Matthew C. Perry



This report, based on a symposium held on October 13, 2011, at the National Wildlife Visitor Center at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, MD, documents the history of the Patuxent Research Refuge and the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, collectively known as Patuxent. The symposium was one of the many activities occurring at that time to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Patuxent Research Refuge in 1936. The Patuxent Wildlife Research Center is located at the refuge, and the research center director, Dr. Gregory J. Smith, with great enthusiasm, personally supervised all aspects of the celebration. The symposium was coordinated by Dr. Matthew C. Perry, the editor of this report, with Dr. Smith’s strong support. The refuge and the research center have been essentially synonymous for the almost 80 years of their history.

Suggested Citation

Perry, M.C., ed., 2016, The history of Patuxent—America’s wildlife research story: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1422, 255 p.,

ISSN: 2330-5703 (online)

ISSN: 1067-084X (print)

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Topic 1: The Early Years of Patuxent Research
  • Topic 2. Migratory Bird Research, Monitoring, and Management
  • Topic 3: Environmental Contaminant Research Program
  • Topic 4: Endangered Species Research Program
  • Topic 5: Other Programs at Patuxent
  • Appendix 1. Contributors and Contact Information, September 2016
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title The history of Patuxent: America’s wildlife research story
Series title Circular
Series number 1422
ISBN 978-1-4113-4099-2
DOI 10.3133/cir1422
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Eastern Ecological Science Center
Description xii, 255 p.
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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