Volunteers are an invaluable resource on our refuge, helping out with everything from greeting visitors to leading tours and assisting in wildlife surveys. Check out our volunteer page to learn about how you can become a volunteer at Patuxent Research Refuge!
Do you have a passion for protecting the environment and teaching people the importance of public lands? Consider an internship with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service! There are internship opportunities at Patuxent Research Refuge throughout the year. Visit our internships page to learn more and apply.
The Friends of Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Patuxent Research Refuge, Inc., is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization that was formed in 1992 to support the missions and programs of the Patuxent Research Refuge and the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland.
Friends of Patuxent raise funds to help support educational programs, exhibits, and re¬search. The focus of the research includes environmental contaminants, migratory birds, studies of endangered species and other environmental issues.
Friends of Patuxent operate the "Wildlife Images" bookstore and seasonal electric tram tours at the National Wildlife Visitor Center and also sponsors educational programs and fundraisers to benefit the missions of the refuge and research center.
Visit the Friends of Patuxent website.
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The scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea) is a medium sized song bird native to the northeast upland forest. Tanagers are often hard to spot as they frequent the highest reaches of the tree canopy. The brilliant red and black plumage of the breeding male is a treat to see. Tanagers seek out insects during the summer months and fruits during migration back to their wintering grounds in the tropics.