NWRC Name Changes

What's in a Name?


What's in a Name?
Research Center's Name Changes

photo of predator control official badgeThe National Wildlife Research Center experienced nine name changes since 1939 that reflected the changing economy, society and culture of the United States. The beginnings of the Center, as we know it today, started in 1939, however predecessor organizations originated with the Bureau of Biological Survey in 1885. If calculated from 1885, NWRC underwent 18 name changes!

1939 United States Department of the Interior (USDI), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Division of Predator and Rodent Control (DPRC)

1940 USDI, FWS, DPRC, Denver Wildlife Research Laboratory (Combined Control Methods and Food Habits Labs)

1957 USDI, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife, Denver Wildlife Research Laboratory

1959 USDI, USFWS, Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife, Denver Wildlife Research Center (DWRC)


1985 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Science and Technology Division, DWRC

1991 USDA, APHIS, Animal Damage Control (ADC), DWRC

1996 USDA, APHIS, ADC, National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC)

1997 USDA, APHIS, Wildlife Services, NWRC



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