Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

Data and Tools

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Date published: April 16, 2018

Dataset for Reproductive success and contaminant associations in tree swallows (Tachnycineta bicolor) nesting in the U.S. and Binational Great Lakes' Areas of Concern

During 2010-2014, tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) reproductive success was monitored at 68 sites across all 5 Great Lakes, including 58 sites located within Great Lakes Areas of concern (AOCs) and 10 non-AOCs. Sample eggs were collected from tree swallow clutches and analyzed for contaminants

Date published: March 19, 2018

Annual Variation Birds as indicators of contaminants in the Great Lakes

Tachycineta bicolor eggs and nestlings were collected from sites across the Great Lakes to quantify normal annual variation in total polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) exposure and to validate the sample size choice in earlier work. A sample size of 5 eggs or 5 nestlings per site was adequate to quantify exposure to PCBs in tree swallows given the current exposure levels and variation.

Date published: March 14, 2018

FWS McGregor District Mast Hardwood Floodplain Forest Community

Due to a gap in information on regeneration of hard-mast trees in the floodplain, interpretation was completed of existing 8“/pixel imagery delineating hardwood forest within the floodplain forest of the Fish and Wildlife Upper Mississippi National Wildlife & Fish Refuge, McGregor District. The detailed map of bottomland hardwoods will allow for the identification

Date published: March 9, 2018

Ethanol and sodium acetate as a preservation method to delay degradation of environmental DNA: Data

This data contains environmental DNA (eDNA) sample assay results that were collected from water samples taken from a tank housing Asian carp and placed either on ice or at room temperature. At both treatment temperatures, water samples were left untreated or were treated with an ethanol and sodium acetate solution (EtOH-NaAc).

Date published: March 7, 2018

Determine the behavior and spatial distribution of bigheaded carp in response to seismic water guns: Data

This dataset includes exported hydroacoustic data (i.e., coordinates for acoustically detected fish targets, mean target strength of detected fish). 

Date published: March 5, 2018

Distribution and foraging patterns of common loons on Lake Michigan with implications for exposure to type E avian botulism: Data

Common loons staging on the Great Lakes during fall migration are at risk to episodic outbreaks of type E botulism. Information on distribution, foraging patterns, and exposure routes of loons are needed for understanding the physical and ecological factors that contribute to avian botulism outbreaks. Aerial surveys were conducted to document the spatiotemporal distribution of common

Date published: February 15, 2018

Reexamining silver (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) and bighead (H. nobilis) carp hearing: Data

Silver and bighead carp frequency detection was evaluated in response to 100 Hz to 9 kHz using auditory evoked potentials (AEPs). AEPs, consisting of measured minimum Sound Pressure Levels (SPL; dB re 1 ms-2) and Particle Acceleration Thresholds (PAT; dB re 1 ms-2).

Date published: January 26, 2018

Monarch Threats Analysis

Data are population size estimates for monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico as well as 76 potential stressors and 3 correlates. These stressors include disease, pesticide, herbicide, temperature, precipitation, and habitat loss measured for Mexican overwintering area and Southern, North Central, and Northeastern breeding areas.

Date published: January 24, 2018

2014 Land Cover Land Use Crane Creek, Ottawa NWR

Crane Creek is a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative-funded coastal wetland restoration project that seeks to reconnect the diked coastal marsh to Crane Creek and improve water quality and fish habitat. Vegetation sampling data and previously completed vegetation maps exist for this study area and will be used to assist in the interpretation of the 2014 imagery.

Date published: January 18, 2018

Random Landscape Tool 10.5

Random Landscape Tool uses a raster data source and a table of classifications to create a random landscape. The classification table allows the user to weight the probability of occurrence to certain classes and to spatially restrict the distribution of classes to certain areas (zones).  

Date published: January 18, 2018

Connectivity and Inundation Tool

There are ongoing needs for analytical tools to investigate the cumulative effects of fluctuating water flow and depth.  The Connectivity and Inundation Tool was developed at UMESC to help address these needs. 

Date published: January 18, 2018

Management Unit Prioritization Tools

  • A revised toolset, entitled "Management Unit Prioritization Tools", consisting of two separate tools; the Conservation Objective Prioritization Tool and the Overall Prioritization Tool were developed.
  • The development of these decision support tools give resource managers the ability to make thoughtful and strategic choices about where to spend their limited management resources
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