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: July 16, 2019

Histopathology of American kestrels (Falco sparverius) exposed to brodifacoum

This dataset describes histopathological changes in liver, kidney, heart, skeletal muscle and intestine of captive American kestrels exposed to the second-generation anticoagulant rodenticide brodifacoum (BROD). The goal of the study was to determine the toxic range of brodifacoum by feeding birds a diet containing 0.3, 1.0, or 3.0 ug BROD/g wet weight. Birds were necropsied and

Date published: July 9, 2019

Sylvatic plague vaccine field trials flea data (ver. 2.0, July 2019)

These data were collected as part of a field trial to test the efficacy of a sylvatic plague vaccine (see Rocke et al., 2017 for details). Vaccine and control plots were selected randomly from the available sites at each location. At least 1 week and no more than 2 months post-baiting each year, local collaborators captured, marked and sampled prairie dogs for a minimum of 3 trap days.

Date published: July 1, 2019

Wildlife Health Information Sharing Partnership – event reporting system (WHISPers)

The NWHC developed the Wildlife Health Information Sharing Partnership – event reporting system (WHISPers) to increase public awareness of wildlife disease events and promote collaboration and data sharing among wildlife professionals. It is a partner driven tool that provides a dynamic, timely, searchable web-based system for visualizing and accessing data on wildlife disease events...

Date published: June 27, 2019

Olive ridley necropsy data for Salmonella study

Salmonella spp. are frequently shed by wildlife including turtles, but S. enterica subsp. enterica serovar Typhimurium or lesions associated with Salmonella are rare in turtles. Between 1996 and 2016, we necropsied 127 apparently healthy pelagic olive ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) that died from drowning bycatch in fisheries and 44 live or freshly dead stranded turtles from the

Date published: May 1, 2019

Virally-vectored vaccine candidates against white-nose syndrome induce anti-fungal immune response in little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus)

White-nose syndrome (WNS) caused by the fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) has killed millions of North American insect-eating bats. Currently, methods to prevent the disease are limited. We conducted two trials to assess potential WNS vaccine candidates in wild-caught Myotis lucifugus. In a pilot study, we immunized bats with one of four vaccine treatments or PBS as a contr

Date published: April 30, 2019

Plague positive mouse fleas on mice prior to plague outbreaks in black-tailed and white-tailed prairie dogs

In 2013, a large blinded, paired placebo-controlled field trial for the prairie dog oral sylvatic plague vaccine started in the Western US. On 17 paired plots, vaccine and placebo plots, small rodents were trapped annually for 3-5 consecutive nights (when weather allowed) and high elevation Utah plots where plague was active were more frequently trapped in 2014 and 2015. In the datase

Date published: February 5, 2019

Pathology and bacteriology of 178 tadpoles with histologically confirmed Severe Perkinsea Infections: Data

(i) This dataset presents macroscopic and microscopic pathological findings and bacteriology of 178 tadpoles diagnosed with Severe Perkinsea Infections. (ii) Specimen were collected and submitted to the NWHC as part of mortality investigations and collection of specimen from apparently healthy populations as part of ongoing amphibian health monitoring. (iii) Necropsies and gross eval

Date published: January 1, 2019

Amphibian capture mark-recapture

These data represent capture mark recapture data along with associated disease status for boreal toads (Anaxyrus boreas) from Wyoming and Montana from 2004-2016 and four frog species (Rana draytonii, R. muscosa, R. pretiosa, R. sierrae) from 2001-2016.

Date published: October 2, 2018

Histopathology of American kestrels (Falco sparverius) sequentially exposed to first and second generation anticoagulant rodenticides

This dataset describes histopathological changes in liver, kidney, heart, skeletal muscle and intestine of captive American kestrels sequentially exposed to first and second generation anticoagulant rodenticides (FGAR and SGAR). The goal of the study was to determine the toxicity of sequential exposure to anticoagulant rodenticides (ARs) by evaluating FGAR-FGAR exposure (7 day chl

Date published: October 2, 2018

Histopathology of zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) exposed to 15mg/kg, 30mg/kg, or 60mg/kg clothianidin in seed or water

This dataset describes histopathological changes in liver, kidney, gonad, and spleen of zebra finches exposed to 15mg/kg, 30mg/kg or 60mg/kg clothianidin (CTD) in water or on millet seed. The goal of the project is to develop a subacute neonicotinoid toxicity model using zebra finches as a model passerine. We have completed two acute toxicity trials using CTD insecticide. Based on these...

Date published: October 2, 2018

Histopathological assessment of the digestive gland of a freshwater snail (Lymnaea stagnalis) exposed to uranium

This dataset consists of measurements of the digestive gland in the freshwater snail Lymnaea stagnalis orally exposed to uranium. The objective of the study was to assess the morphological effects of uranium on the snail digestive gland by light microscopy. Laboratory-cultured L stagnalis were exposed to either synthetic or natural solid phases of uranium and a subset (6 controls and 6...

Date published: September 28, 2018

Data Request Form

To submit this form: 1) Download the NWHC Data Request Form; 2) Open the form in Adobe Acrobat Reader; 3) Fill it out; 4) Save as a PDF; and 5) Submit the PDF to: nbaertlein@usgs.gov