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Wildlife Program

USGS scientists supported by the Wildlife Program conduct research on migratory birds, terrestrial and marine mammals, threatened and endangered species, wildlife disease, terrestrial plants, and amphibians.

These activities focus primarily on the development of new information and tools for the management of wildlife on federally managed lands such as National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, and Bureau of Land Management areas. USGS collaborates with state and local governments, tribal organizations, non-governmental organizations, and other federal agencies.

National Contact
Steve Hilburger,, 703-648-4036

Ecosystems Science Centers

All 17 Ecosystems Mission Area Science & Research Centers conduct wildlife research. The following is not a comprehensive list of centers or studied species.

Research Topics



Recent Publications

polar bearsResilience and Risk - A Demographic Model to Inform Conservation Planning for Polar Bears- Climate change is having widespread ecological effects, including loss of Arctic sea ice. This has led to listing of the polar bear and other ice-dependent marine mammals under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). Read more.

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