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Patuxent Research Refuge

Patuxent Research Refuge

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Patuxent Research Refuge
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Established in 1936 by executive order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Patuxent Research Refuge is the Nation's only National Wildlife Refuge established to support wildlife research. Today most of the research on the refuge is conducted by the US Geological Survey (USGS) through the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. View interactive exhibits, hike trails or take a seasonal tram tour through forest, wetland and meadow habitats at the National Wildlife Visitor Center. Explore miles of scenic hiking trails at both the Visitor Center and the Refuge North Tract entrances.

Patuxent Research Refuge

Lat: 39.05 Long: -76.82

Recent Spottings

Eastern American Toad YvonneD 2 0 Eastern American Toad
Fowler’s Toad YvonneD 3 0 Fowler’s Toad
Eastern American Toad YvonneD 3 0 Eastern American Toad
American Carrion Beetle YvonneD 1 1 American Carrion Beetle
Six-spotted Tiger Beetle YvonneD 2 2 Six-spotted Tiger Beetle
Widow Skimmer Dragonfly YvonneD 2 0 Widow Skimmer Dragonfly
Indian Pipe YvonneD 3 4 Indian Pipe
Spotting YvonneD 2 1 Spotting
Bumble Bee YvonneD 2 0 Bumble Bee
Rhinoceros Beetle YvonneD 1 1 Rhinoceros Beetle
Great Spangled Fritillary YvonneD 1 1 Great Spangled Fritillary
Common Whitetail YvonneD 1 0 Common Whitetail
Spotting YvonneD 1 1 Spotting
Eastern Painted Turtle YvonneD 1 0 Eastern Painted Turtle
Fly Agaric YvonneD 2 2 Fly Agaric
Widow Skimmer dragonfly YvonneD 2 0 Widow Skimmer dragonfly
Red-spotted Purple YvonneD 1 0 Red-spotted Purple
Widow Skimmer YvonneD 1 0 Widow Skimmer
Red Admiral YvonneD 1 0 Red Admiral
Halloween Pennant YvonneD 1 0 Halloween Pennant
Common Buckeye YvonneD 0 0 Common Buckeye
Prickly Pear Cactus YvonneD 0 3 Prickly Pear Cactus
Sassafras PaulineChvilicek 1 0 Sassafras
Eastern chipmunk Louisa 7 1 Eastern chipmunk
Virginia Pine PaulineChvilicek 1 0 Virginia Pine
Eastern Towhee CarvingFool 1 0 Eastern Towhee
Northern Mockingbird CarvingFool 1 0 Northern Mockingbird
Tree Swallow CarvingFool 2 1 Tree Swallow
Cooper's Hawk - juvenile CarvingFool 2 4 Cooper's Hawk - juvenile
Northern Water Snake CarvingFool 2 5 Northern Water Snake
White-tailed Deer CarvingFool 3 3 White-tailed Deer
California Poppy or Golden Poppy AdriánEncontrado 3 0 California Poppy or Golden Poppy
Pink lily AdriánEncontrado 2 0 Pink lily
Butterfly AdriánEncontrado 1 1 Butterfly
Canada Goose CarvingFool 0 2 Canada Goose
Monarch butterfly chrysalis Geodialist 1 0 Monarch butterfly chrysalis
Widow Skimmer Louisa 2 0 Widow Skimmer
Halloween Pennant dragonfly Louisa 3 1 Halloween Pennant dragonfly
Dragonhunter dragonfly (male) Geodialist 4 4 Dragonhunter dragonfly (male)
Tree Swallow Louisa 15 7 Tree Swallow
American Rubyspot damselfly (male) Geodialist 1 1 American Rubyspot damselfly (male)
Barn Swallow Louisa 2 2 Barn Swallow
Southern Leopard Frog Laurie 0 1 Southern Leopard Frog
Fawn Darner dragonfly (male) Geodialist 0 0 Fawn Darner dragonfly (male)
American Rubyspot damselfly (female) Geodialist 0 0 American Rubyspot damselfly (female)
Blue Dasher dragonfly (female) Geodialist 0 0 Blue Dasher dragonfly (female)
Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly (female) Geodialist 0 0 Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly (female)
Slaty Skimmer dragonfly (male) Geodialist 0 0 Slaty Skimmer dragonfly (male)
Halloween Pennant dragonfly (male) Geodialist 0 3 Halloween Pennant dragonfly (male)
Widow Skimmer dragonfly (male) Geodialist 0 0 Widow Skimmer dragonfly (male)

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