National Wildlife Health Center

Data and Tools

The integrated, interdisciplinary science branches of the USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) develop various data and tools to help understand the dynamics of diseases on wildlife populations. Below are scientific data, data portals, and tools available from the NWHC.

WHISPers: data on wildlife disease events

WHISPers: data on wildlife disease events

WHISPers is a partner-driven, web-based repository for sharing basic information about historic and ongoing wildlife mortality (death) and morbidity (illness) events in North America.

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Date published: October 2, 2020

Skin mycobiomes of eastern North American bats

North American bats have experienced catastrophic population declines from white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease caused by Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd). Although Pd can infect many hibernating bat species, population-level impacts of WNS vary by host species. Microbial skin assemblages, including the fungal component (mycobiome), can influence host resistance to inf

Date published: September 16, 2020

Immunological histopathology of American kestrels (Falco sparverius) exposed in ovo to two persistent organic pollutants -- SCCPs and TBBPA-BDBPE

This work is part of a study of the immunological effects of exposure to alternative flame retardants in avian species. For the pathology portion of the study, spleens and bursas from American kestrels (Falco sparverius) exposed by egg injection to varying doses of short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) and the flame retardant TBBPA-BDBPE were examined microscopically for architectur

Date published: September 16, 2020

Immunological histopathology of American kestrels (Falco sparverius) exposed to the flame retardant isopropyl triphenyl phosphate

This work is part of a study of the immunological effects of exposure to alternative flame retardants in avian species. For the pathology portion of the study, hatchling American kestrels (Falco sparverius) were exposed to the flame retardant isopropyl triphenyl phosphate (ITP) and then challenged with a synthetic analogue of viral double-stranded RNA, polyinosinic:polycytidylic aci

Date published: September 11, 2020

Necropsy reference number and summary collection information for Washington state population of northern sea otters examined during 1989-2010

Morbillivirus epidemics in marine mammals first gained prominence in 1988 when an outbreak of phocine distemper virus (PDV) occurred in European harbor seals (Phoca vitulina vitulina). Prior to 2001, all serosurveys for morbilliviruses in sea otters (Enhydra lutris) in California, Washington and Alaska documented a 0% seroprevalence. The first published serodetections of morbi

Date published: September 11, 2020

Fleas collected from black-tailed prairie dog burrows in 2016 and 2017

The data are a list of the number and species of fleas that were collected from black-tailed prairie dog burrows in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, and New Mexico. Fleas were collected by swabbing ~100 burrows at 3 sites at each of 6 sites. Burrows were sampled twice each summer during 2016 and 2017.

Date published: September 4, 2020

Histopathology of bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps) exposed to Nannizziopsis guarroi

This work is part of a study demonstrating that the fungus Nannizziopsis guarroi is the cause of the disease known as yellow fungus disease in bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps) by fulfilling Koch’s postulates. In this study, bearded dragons were exposed to N. guarroi to assess gross and microscopic lesion development and the ability to re-culture the fungus from infected sites. At

Date published: July 8, 2020

Plague causes fragmentation of prairie dog colonies in Conata Basin, South Dakota from 1993 – 2015

This data was used to investigate the invasion of a non-native disease, plague, to a keystone species, prairie dogs, in Conata Basin, South Dakota, United States. We documented the resulting extent of fragmentation and habitat loss in western grasslands using colony boundaries mapped by the USFS every one to three years from 1993 - 2015. Specifically, we assessed how the arrival of

Date published: June 26, 2020

Non-listed disease report to OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) for the 1st semester of 2019

As a member of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and the reporting authority for the United States, the USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) is responsible for reporting wildlife disease outbreaks that involve diseases which are not OIE-listed (https://www.oie.int/wahis_2/public/wahidwild.php# ). These...

Date published: April 30, 2020

Boreal toad survival data in relation to Bd status and community composition

These data represent capture mark recapture data from toads, and results of testing for Bd (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) the pathogen that causes amphibian chytridiomycosis on individuals. The data span from 2004-2016 at three sites in Montana where boreal toads were declining. The data also include temperature measurements at the sites and information on the egg counts and Bd prevalen...

Date published: February 10, 2020

Diagnostic and field data from the Eastern Migratory Whooping Crane Population

Detailed data collected from the field and generated during diagnostic evaluation of whooping crane carcasses from the Eastern Migratory Population.

Date published: December 10, 2019

Data on serology results for green turtles with and without fibropapillomatosis from Hawaii and Florida

Fibropapillomatosis (FP) is a tumor disease associated with a herpesvirus (Chelonid herpesvirus 5-ChHV5) that affects mainly green turtles globally. Understanding the epidemiology of FP has been hampered by lack of robust serological assays to monitor exposure to ChHV5. This is due in part to inability to efficiently culture the virus in vitro for neutralization assays. Here, we expr

Date published: December 6, 2019

E2NHDPlusV2_us: Database of Ancillary Hydrologic Attributes and Modified Routing for NHDPlus Version 2.1 Flowlines

The National Hydrography Dataset Plus, Version 2 (NHDPlusV2) is an attribute rich, digital hydrologic network for the Conterminous U.S. developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). SPAtially Referenced Regressions On Watershed attributes (SPARROW), is a process-based/statistical model that relies on a digital hydrologic ne