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Science is the foundation for the vision and mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  National Wildlife Refuges work closely with Universities, other Federal agencies, non-government organizations, and researchers in supporting the agency’s conservation mission.

Inventory and Monitoring

Annually, refuge staff work to inventory and monitor wildlife and plants on the Refuge. The refuge has written an Inventory and Monitoring Plan which lists and describes annual survey efforts conducted by refuge staff. Below is a list of formal surveys conducted on the refuge.
• Mid-winter Waterfowl Survey
• Mid-winter Eagle Survey
• Ground-based Waterfowl Survey
• International Shorebird Survey
• Interior Least Tern Peak Nesting Survey
• White-tailed Deer Surveys
• Vegetation Surveys
• Invasive Plant Monitoring and Mapping
• Christmas Bird Count
• Mourning Dove Trapping and Banding
• Aquatic Invertebrate Surveys
• Central Flyway Sandhill Crane Surveys
• Snowy Plover Survey
• Waterfowl Habitat Assessment and Monitoring


The following are some of the recent research projects conducted on the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge.
• White-faced and Glossy Ibis Hybridization on Salt Plains NWR
• Resiliency of native fishes to extreme drought at Salt Plains NWR
• Environmental availability and assessment of heavy metals and other anthropogenic contaminants in snowy plover nesting habitats in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma

Past research on Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge has included: nesting success of interior least terns and snowy plovers, microbiology of the salt flats, and vegetation composition of the Refuge.