Western Ecological Research Center

Data and Tools

Below, you can find our stand alone data releases. For contemporary articles and their associated data, please visit our publications tab. We include tools that were developed to streamline analysis using different mediums. For further information, please contact authors.

Climate Distance Mapper

Climate Distance Mapper

Climate Distance Mapper is a spatial decision-support tool designed to help land managers match seed sources with restoration sites. Plant populations are commonly adapted to local climate gradients and frequently exhibit a home-site advantage.

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Annual California sea otter stranding data

Annual California sea otter stranding data

The California Sea Otter Stranding Network is part of the USGS effort to monitor southern sea otters (Enhydra lutris nereis) and provide data to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

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Date published: February 25, 2021

Seed and Associated Tree Data from Long Term Research Plots in Sequoia and Yosemite national parks

This dataset was used as part of a continent-wide analysis of tree fecundity and its association with climate and tree size. This dataset consists of: plotinfo.csv, which contains basic attribute information for the field plots where the data were collected; seeddata.csv, which contains the data for seeds collected (how many, what type, etc.); trapxycoord.

Date published: February 17, 2021

Impounded and tidal wetland plant diversity and composition across spatial scales, San Francisco Bay-Delta, California, USA (2016-2018)

These datasets provide information on plant alpha, beta, and gamma diversity, and plant species abundance at several spatial scales for tidal wetlands along a salinity gradient in the San Francisco Bay-Delta and an impounded brackish wetland complex in Suisun Marsh, California.

Date published: February 17, 2021

Classification of waterfowl habitat, and quantification of interannual space use and movement distance from primary roosts to night feeding locations by waterfowl in California for October - March of 2015 through 2018

Technological advancements in Global Positioning System (GPS) telemetry markers allow almost real-time observation of waterfowl movements and habitat selection.

Date published: December 16, 2020

Habitat data for Plantago ovata in the Mojave Desert

These datasets were developed to represent the geographic distribution of Plantago ovata in the Mojave Desert. This data release consists of two raster spatial layers (GeoTIFF) reflecting predicted habitat for the species within the Mojave Desert and the standard error in predictions. The habitat layer (raster dataset) is a continuous probability distribution of suitable habitat where val

Date published: December 16, 2020

Genetic and habitat data for Plantago ovata in the Mojave Desert

These datasets were developed to represent the genetic diversity, population structure, and geographic distribution of Plantago ovata in the Mojave Desert. This data release consists of two tab-delimited text files representing the genetic diversity and structure of Plantago ovata (.genepop and .vcf), and two raster spatial datasets (GeoTIFF) reflecting predicted habitat for the spe

Date published: December 16, 2020

Coastal California Gnatcatcher Habitat Suitability Model for Southern California (2015)

This habitat model was developed to delineate a sampling frame for regional monitoring of coastal California gnatcatchers (Polioptila californica californica) to determine: 1) percent area occupied (PAO) in high and very high suitability habitat across conserved lands and participating military lands in the U.S. range in southern California; 2) changes in PAO over time; and 3)

Date published: December 8, 2020

Photographs and count results for Red-footed Boobies (Sula sula) nesting at Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kauaʻi, in 2019

During 13-18 May, 2019, we censused Red-footed Boobies (Sula sula) at Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge (KPNWR), Kauaʻi. To evaluate ground-based visual counts and assess variability among methods, we employed photographic techniques to count nesting Red-footed Boobies at KPNWR in three distinct sub-colony areas: Crater Hill East, Crater Hill Interior, and Cra

Date published: December 8, 2020

GPS tracks of ground search effort for nesting Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda) and White-tailed Tropicbird (P. lepturus) surveys at Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kauaʻi, in 2019

During 8-11 April, 13-18 May, and 1-7 July 2019, we censused Red-tailed (Phaethon rubricauda) and White-tailed (P. lepturus) tropicbird nests in Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge (KPNWR), Kauaʻi, by searching all foot-accessible areas and by searching all cliffs and islets with spotting scopes from remote vantage points. We censused over the course of three vi

Date published: December 8, 2020

Nest sites and habitat characteristics for Red-tailed Tropicbirds (Phaethon rubricauda) and White-tailed Tropicbirds (P. lepturus) at Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kauaʻi, in 2019

During 8-11 April, 13-18 May, and 1-7 July 2019, we censused Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda) and White-tailed Tropicbird (P. lepturus) nests in Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge (KPNWR), Kauaʻi, by searching all foot-accessible areas and by searching all cliffs and islets with spotting scopes from remote vantage points. We censused over the course

Date published: December 8, 2020

Strata boundaries for nesting Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Ardenna pacifica) surveys at Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kauaʻi, in 2019

We used a stratified-random sampling approach to estimate the total abundance of Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Ardenna pacifica) nest sites across Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge (KPNWR), Kauaʻi, during 1-7 July 2019. We first identified strata as unique geographic areas of the refuge to account for potential differences in nesting habitat and non-uniform nest site cluster

Date published: December 8, 2020

Survey plot locations, nest counts, and habitat characteristics for Wedge-tailed Shearwaters (Ardenna pacifica) at Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kauaʻi, in 2019

We used a stratified-random sampling approach to estimate the total abundance of Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Ardenna pacifica) nest sites across Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge (KPNWR), Kauaʻi, in 2019. To estimate stratum-specific nest site abundance, we generated randomly located, non-overlapping circular plots within several sampling strata. We set plot radius to

Date published: December 8, 2020

Population Estimates for Selected Breeding Seabirds at Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kauaʻi, in 2019

Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge (KPNWR) is an important seabird breeding site located at the northeastern tip of Kauaʻi in the main Hawaiian Islands (MHI). Despite the regional significance of KPNWR as one of the most important breeding sites for Red-tailed Tropicbirds (Phaethon rubricauda), Red-footed Boobies (Sula sula), and Wedge-tailed Shearwaters (Arden