Primary emphasis is on identifying, evaluating, and developing methods to manage depredation, nuisance, and property damage problems associated with native birds such as vultures and crows, and non-native species such as feral pigs, Burmese pythons, black spiny-tailed iguanas, monk parakeets, and other invasive species. To do this, scientists conduct behavioral and physiological studies with captive wild animals at the Florida field station and carry out field trials in Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and elsewhere. Research is conducted with the cooperation and support of Wildlife Services (WS) Operations, community organizations, private companies, and state and federal agencies.
The Gainesville facility was built in 1963 and has served as a bird and mammal research field station ever since. In June 1993, the Florida WS State Director's Office moved from Tallahassee to the Gainesville office. The 26-acre site is located three miles east of the University of Florida. There is a main building holding offices and laboratories, and three roofed outdoor aviaries for maintaining and testing wild birds. In addition, there are eight 10 x 30 foot enclosures and two ½ acre flight pens where various trials can be conducted throughout the year under natural environmental conditions.
Further information on the research conducted at the Gainesville, FL Field Station can be found on the Avian and Invasive Species Population Management Research Project page.