Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

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Date published: July 23, 2019

Reporting the limits of detection (LOD) and quantification (LOQ) for environmental DNA assays: Data

This data set was collected to provide examples and aid in developing a standardized way of determining LOD and LOQ for eDNA assays and has 3 data files. GEDWG_LOD_DATA3.csv is raw qPCR data from multiple labs running multiple standards of known concentration for eDNA assays they regularly use. Comparison-Data.csv is the merged data output from running a generic LOD/LOQ calculator script...

Date published: May 23, 2019

Envrionmental DNA data for Refinement of eDNA as an early monitoring tool at the landscape-level: Data

These environmental DNA data and corresponding water quality data were collected and analyzed by the Fish and Wildlife Service in 2017. The samples were collected from 4 sites in pools 17 and 18 in the Upper Mississippi River on 3 sampling trips. The data was used to study occupancy modeling of eDNA data and determine optimal sampling effort required for reliable detection of invasive Bighead...

Date published: May 19, 2019

Water column nutrient processing rates in rivermouths of Green Bay, Lake Michigan: Data

Understanding the quantity and form of nutrient loading to large lakes is necessary to understand controls over primary production, phytoplankton community composition and the production of phytotoxins. Nutrient loading estimates to large lakes are primarily made at stream gages that are deliberately placed outside the direct influence of lake processes, but these estimates cannot take into...

Date published: May 19, 2019

Element concentrations in nestling tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) from the U.S. and Binational Great Lakes’ Areas of Concern: Data

Tree swallow, Tachycineta bicolor, nestlings were collected from 76 sites in the Great Lakes which included multiple sites at 27 Areas of Concern (AOCs) and 12 sites not listed as AOCs from 2010 to 2015. Livers were harvested and analyzed for 21 elements. Mercury concentrations differed among AOCs; however, all livers analyzed had concentrations well within background and generally...

Date published: May 10, 2019

Temperature Records for Empirical Evaluation of the UMRS Floodplain Inundation Model

Hourly ambient temperature data were collected as part of an effort to empirically evaluate the Upper Mississippi River System inundation model. The goal of this sampling effort was to document inundation through space and time at a limited number of sites but across the range of flow conditions experienced throughout the 2017 growing season. We used temperature data loggers (Onset HOBO...

Date published: May 10, 2019

Monarch Butterfly Relevant Land Cover Data Set for the Conterminous United States of America

The USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center developed a Monarch Butterfly Relevant Land Cover data set covering the conterminous United States of America. This data set was used primarily to assist in forecasting the number of milkweed stems on the landscape. Milkweed are required by monarch butterflies for reproduction and one possible cause for the decline in monarch butterfly...

Date published: May 10, 2019

2010 Monarch Relevant Land Cover Data Set for Canada

The USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center developed a Monarch Relevant Land Cover data set covering the area of Canada. We used the 2010 land cover data set produced by the tri-national North American Land Change Monitoring System (NALCMS) and supported by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) that depicts year 2010 land cover across North America at 30-meter spatial...

Date published: May 10, 2019

2010 Monarch Relevant Land Cover Data Set for Mexico

The USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center developed a Monarch Relevant Land Cover data set covering the area of Mexico. We used the 2010 land cover data set produced by the tri-national North American Land Change Monitoring System (NALCMS) and supported by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) that depicts year 2010 land cover across North America at 30-meter spatial...

Date published: May 7, 2019

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Project 49 Fox River Basin 2016 and 2017 Data

The Fox River transports elevated loads of nitrogen and phosphorus to Lake Michigan. The increased concentration of N and P causes eutrophication of the lake, creating hypoxic zones and damaging the lake ecosystem.To decrease loading, best management practices (BMPs) have been implemented in the uplands of the basin. Little work has been done, however, to reduce nutrient concentrations in the...

Date published: April 24, 2019

1990s bird and vegetation data from UMR floodplain forest

From 1994-1997 I surveyed breeding birds and sampled vegetation at 391 random points on UMR floodplain forest along a latitudinal gradient to characterize bird assemblages and associations with gradients in forest structure at the local survey point and land cover composition within 200m radius of survey points (landscape scale). We conducted 10 minute 50m fixed radius point counts (Ralph et...

Date published: April 16, 2019

Perfluoroalkyl contaminant exposure in tree swallows nesting at Clarks Marsh, Oscoda, MI Dataset

A site in north eastern MI, Oscoda Township, has some of the highest recorded exposure in birds to perfluorinated substances (PFASs) in the U.S. Some egg and plasma concentrations at that location exceeded the lowest reproductive effect threshold established for two avian laboratory species. The objectives of this study were to determine whether there were reproductive effects or...

Date published: March 25, 2019

Illinois River, Hanson Pits,East Pit, Sidescan Image Mosaic, 2018

Remote sensing technologies, such as high-resolution sonar, can be used to collect more detailed information about the benthic and water column characteristics of macro habitats in the Illinois River. Multibeam echosounders (MBES) collect multibeam and sidescan simultaneously, providing high-resolution images of the riverbed. Sidescan images, in raster format, show the recorded intensity of...