Fort Collins Science Center

Data and Tools

Our interdisciplinary, integrated science teams develop various data sets and tools in support of the USGS mission areas. These tools then aid natural resource managers in decision making and support of the complex issues they face in today's world.

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Date published: August 14, 2020

Data collected about behavioral responses to high temperatures in desert grassland bird in 2007, 2001-2013

These data include information about the year, date, time, and shrub identifying number where the following data were collected - the number of Grasshopper Sparrows that were flushed from the shrub, the air temperature (not in direct sun), relative humidity (not in direct sun), ground temperature in sun, ground temperature beneath shrub, air temperature in the shrub, and

Date published: August 6, 2020

Fecal samples collected in May, August, and October 2014 from Little Book Cliffs Herd Management Area, Colorado, for determination of diet, persistence of DNA in the environment, individual identity, and seed germination

These data were collected in May, August, and October in west central Colorado from a Bureau of Land Management wild horse herd management area (HMA). Samples were already on the ground, not fresh from the horse. The Diet dataset includes proportion of plant species found in fecal samples using two different lab techniques -- plant DNA bar-coding,and microhistology. Results of both

Date published: July 29, 2020

Data on Flea Parasitism and Annual Re-encounters of Utah Prairie Dogs at 5 colonies on the Awapa Plateau, Utah, USA, 2013-2016

Data on flea parasitism and annual re-encounters of Utah prairie dogs at 5 colonies on the Awapa Plateau, Utah, USA, June-August 2013-2016. Utah prairie dogs were live-trapped and sampled on 5 colonies along an elevation gradient from 2,645 m to 2,873 m. Upon first capture each year, we anesthetized each prairie dog and fleas on its body and combed the prairie dog as thoroughly as pos

Date published: July 29, 2020

Failed Brown Treesnake bait cartridges from an aerially application in Guam, 2018

The dataset contains 6 columns of data collected during line transect surveys (Line) that evaluated bait cartridge efficacy for Brown Treesnake control on Guam. Two-person teams recorded all bait cartridges observed while walking the center line of transects in the Habitat Management Unit (HMU). Perpendicular distance (DIST (m)) to cartridges from center line was measured to the n

Date published: July 7, 2020

Data on interannual seed set variation, weather, and reproductive traits for global plants

Data were collected on seed production dynamics of long-lived plants, reproductive plant traits of those plant species, and weather variability for sites where those species live. Data include the coefficient of variation in seed production over time, the variation (coefficient of variation or standard deviation) in weather over years, and reproductive traits such as pollination mode

Date published: June 26, 2020

Estimated habitat suitability for the American burying beetle using land cover classes in the Southern Plains (ver. 1.1, June 2020)

Potentially suitable habitat for the American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) was identified within the Southern Plains. The American burying beetle (ABB) is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, but in 2019 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to reclassify this species as threatened. We applied a deductive model for the ABB that identified potentially s

Date published: June 26, 2020

Data on cone production in pinyon pine in the Southwestern USA from 2003-2016

Data were collected on pinyon pine cone production using the cone scar method (Redmond et al 2016 Forest Ecology and Management) from 2003-2016 among sites in the Southwest USA. Long-term weather data (Vapor Pressure Deficits and monsoonality) were associated with cone scar data to assess weather-correlates of cone production.

Date published: June 26, 2020

Detection and non-detection records of Saipan's terrestrial herpetofauna, 2018

There are two datasets included in this entry. The diurnal dataset contains 28 columns of data collected during transects surveys. The nocturnal dataset contains 52 columns. We randomly select 56 sites, each 50 m in length, from 37,968 m of transects spanning the island that were originally created for bird surveys in 1982 through the cooperative efforts of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Servic...

Date published: June 18, 2020

Data Release: Possibility for reverse zoonotic transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to free-ranging wildlife: a case study of bats

This is the supplementary table that accompanies the manuscript by Olival et al. entitled 'Possibility for reverse zoonotic transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to free-ranging wildlife: a case study of bats'. The table illustrates global patterns of betacoronavirus (β-CoV) associations in bats. The table lists bat species in which betacoronaviruses (β-CoVs) were detected, organi

Date published: May 29, 2020

Water chemistry and land cover attributes for The Loch and Sky Pond, Rocky Mountain National Park

Water chemistry and land cover attributes for The Loch and Sky Pond, Rocky Mountain National Park. These data were part of a larger survey (data from other sources) used to describe drivers of change to mountain lake productivity.

Date published: May 13, 2020

Sample collection information and SNP data for Gunnison Sage-grouse across the species range generated in the Molecular Ecology Lab during 2015-2018

This dataset contains sample collection information and SNP genotypes for populations of Gunnison Sage-grouse across the species' range. This data was collected in order to examine patterns of adaptive genetic variation in Gunnison Sage-grouse. The data is archived in GenBank at the following URL

Date published: May 1, 2020

Data on prairie dogs, plants, arthropod biomass, and birds for Thunder Basin, Wyoming in 2017

Data were collected in 2017 by researchers at the USGS, USDA-ARS, and University of Wyoming on the food webs of plants, prairie dogs, arthropods, and birds in the Thunder Basin National Grassland. Data were collected from 87 sites in order to parameterize a structural equation model linking prairie dog impacts to changes in vegetation, arthropods, and birds. Abiotic information su