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(ECP and CTSP grantees, reports, and other sites of interest for conservation geograpy, mapping and GIS. Grantees are coded by program and year of grant at the end of their name/state, i.e. e91 means ECP grant in 1991. c=cstp, cm=ctsp-mac, cs=ctsp-software)

USGS BRD Glacier Bay Field Station, Ak, e98 . (P.O. Box 140, Gustavus, AK 99826 tel:(907) 697-2230 FAX (907) 697-2654 GIS Contact: Philip N. Hooge, Ph.D. Research Ecologist ) "The Field Station primarily focuses its research on the effects of anthropogenic disturbance on and the natural variation within the Glacier Bay ecosystem, with emphasis on the marine environment. The Glacier Bay ecosystem is characterized by large spatial and temporal differences in physical and biological factors, driven not only by the recent history of glaciation and catastrophic glacial retreat but also by complex fjord estuarine dynamics. " SPATIAL TOOLS is a free ArcView extension (by Philip N. Hooge) that contains a collection of 32 tools that extend the capabilities of Spatial Analyst. The majority of tools are implementations of functions available in spatial analyst from Avenue programming or awkwardly in the map calculator but not from the menu, button, or tool interface. These include functions to clean up, assemble, aggregate, warp and analyze grids. ANIMAL MOVEMENT ANALYSIS ArcView EXTENSION: (by P. N. Hooge and B. Eichenlaub. 1997) "is a collection of over 40 functions to aid in the analysis of animal movement data. The motivation for the creation of this program was the absence of a collection of tools with real integration into a GIS (Geographic Information System). In addition, several functions in this program had not been implemented before or were specifically developed to address author specific research problems. The ArcView software program was chosen for development because of high degree of integration of its GIS environment, the ability to work with a wide variety of spatial data formats, compatibility with many computer platforms, and the capability of its object oriented scripting language Avenue. "

USGS BRD Northern Prairie Science Center . (Attn: Dave Fellows 8711 37th Street Southeast Jamestown, North Dakota 58401 Phone: (701)-253-5500 Fax: (701)-253-5553 ) "Northern Prairie Science Center (NPSC), located near Jamestown, North Dakota, is one of many science centers operated by the Biological Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey, a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior. ...Northern Prairie Science Center, formerly Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, was established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in 1965 to conduct research needed for management and preservation of migratory birds and their habitats. Over the years, the areas of emphasis of the Center have broadened with the result that studies of nongame organisms and wetland ecology now complement continuing studies of waterfowl... On- and off-site facilities include: Woodworth Field Station, Cottonwood Lake Study Area, Laboratories, Remote Sensing and GIS Lab, Ponds, Herbarium, Library, Central Plains/Ozark Plateau Field Station, and Photographic Services" . Biological Resources and Data Download Site: . The mission of Northern Prairie's Grasslands Ecosystem Initiative is work with others to assess the biotic resources of the Great Plains, to facilitate information sharing among agencies, organizations, and individuals, and to synthesize that information...Resources: Distribution Data: Data and maps showing the distribution of species in selected regions. Other Biological Data: Other biological data such as nesting success and regional checklists. Literature and Bibliographies :Selected bibliographies, glossaries, and miscellaneous articles of interest to the biological community. Tools and Software: Software and other tools used by Northern Prairie staff to collect and analyze biological data. "

USGS BRD Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Maryland . ( 12100 Beech Forest Road, Suite 4039 Laurel, Maryland 20708-4039 USA Telephone: 301-497-5500 Fax: 301-497-5505 General Email: "Scientific Themes: Status and Trends of Biological Resources, Status and Trends of Biological Resources, Effects of Ecological Processes and Human Impacts, Restoration and Maintenance of Ecological Systems, Management and Transfer of Natural Resources Information and Technology, North American Breeding Bird Survey, Bird Banding Laboratory, Bird Monitoring, Migratory Birds, Waterfowl Projects, North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP), Populations at Risk, Contaminants Projects, Chesapeake Bay Projects, Invasive Species. Inventory and Monitoring Programs: The goal of these pages and those which follow are to:Provide reliable information on the status and trends of the nation's biota; Identify populations, species, and ecosystems at risk before they become threatened or endangered; Determine the factors causing the observed trends; and Provide tools for forecasting future trends based on alternative policy and management decisions. Biological Software Links:, How to Create a Monitoring Program , Case Studies for Monitoring Programs . How Many Samples do you Need to Track Changes in Plants and Animals? Answer!: Power Analysis Program for evaluating monitoring programs and determining effective parameters.. See also: Frogwatch USA . Summary of Amphibian Decline Issues . Marshbird Monitoring Web Site . Terrestrial Salamander Monitoring Program . Amphibian Meeting on Monitoring and Deformed Frogs . Raptor Monitoring Strategy . Maps of Bird Abundance During Migration (by Sam Droege and Charles Wetherill ) . NEW from Ian Thomas ( Watershed GIRAS/LULC Landuse Atlas of the United States (1970's Data, from the Color Landuse Atlas of the US) . . . Shenadoah National Park 7.5 min Vegetation and Topographic Map Server . . . . .Landsat TM Atlas of Guatemala & Belize :"These Landsat images were obtained from USAID as part of the United Nations Tropical Forestry Action Plan (late 1980's) and from the Nature Conservancy's archives (Belize scenes, early 1990's)."

USGS BRD Patuxent Wildlife Research Center : Wildlife Population Information--Management and Transfer : "Management of the North American Bird Banding Program, Measuring and monitoring biological diversity: standard methods, Migration routes and winter ranges of Nearctic migrant birds, Behavior and ecology of birds with emphasis on tropical areas, Snake Species of the World - A taxonomical and geographical reference, Computerization of the Biological Survey Locality File and geographical coding of the Vertebrate Collections in the National Museum, Coordination of the North American Breeding Bird Survey, Development of a National Bird Monitoring Data Center,

NBS Software FTP Site - Includes software for banding entry, banding data, brownie, capture, contrast, distance, estimate, hawk migration monitoring, jolly-seber, power analysis for monitoring programs, survival estimation, and telemetry work.

USGS BRD Gap Analysis Program

US BRD Gap Analysis Program, University of Idaho e93. "A Geographic Approach to Planning for Biological Diversity"..The mission of the Gap Analysis Program (GAP) is to provide regional assessments of the conservation status of native vertebrate species and natural land cover types and to facilitate the application of this information to land management activities...Approach: Vegetation is mapped from satellite imagery and other records using the National Vegetation Classification System (FGDC 1996). Native animal species ranges are mapped by using museum and agency specimen collection records in conjunction with known general ranges and the animalís affiliation with the previously mapped vegetation types and other physical characteristics. These data are combined and displayed with a computerized geographic information system (GIS) at a cartographic scale of 1:100,000. Maps of vegetation types, individual species, or selected suites of species (depending on oneís interest) are overlain on maps of land ownership and land management, showing where land-based conservation efforts can be focused to achieve the conservation of selected elements of biodiversity most efficiently, preventing both conservation crises and land-use surprises...Detailed descriptions of methods : Handbook...GAP Datasets in ArcInfo format are widely available through the GAP State Projects.

US BRD California GAP Analysis Project Bulletin . .."Currently lacking is an overview of the management status of species and communities both statewide and in the western U.S. as a whole. Our Geographic Information System (GIS) -based Gap Analysis of biodiversity in California is part of a national program of state and regional gap analyses being coordinated by the National Biological Service." GAP Data can be downloaded by region for : TM Satellite Image, Vegetation Map, Digital Elevation Model.

Washington Gap Analysis home page . (Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Washington., Box 357980, Seattle, WA 98195 tel:(206)543-6475 , Contacts: Kelly Cassidy, Ph.D. (206) 685-4195, Karen Dvornich (206) 543-6475, Christian Grue, Ph.D. (206) 543-6475, Michael Smith, M.S. Now with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Carlsbad, CA ) . "Gap Analysis is a process of identifying areas of high conservation priority. It is designed to be a proactive approach to conservation. Gap relies on information about current landcover and terrestrial vertebrates to identify habitat types and species that are poorly represented on reserves. Our land cover map was made from satellite Thematic Mapper (TM) images from 1991. We delineated areas of similar vegetation using the satellite images as a guide. Our minimum mapping unit (i.e., the smallest patch we mapped) was 100 hectares (or about the size of Green Lake, for those familiar with Seattle). The distribution of breeding vertebrates was modeled using known range limits and habitat association. Programs written for ArcInfo select suitable habitat for each species, and then refine it by geographic and elevation limits based on knowledge of each species. The resulting maps are combined to provide maps showing centers of diversity, which can be overlaid with land ownership maps to determine areas of need for preserving all species. The point of Gap Analysis is to try to determine critical habitat before it becomes 'critical', and before its fauna becomes endangered." See also: The NatureMapping Program .

All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

Compilation & web design: Charles Convis, ESRI Conservation Program, April 2, 1996


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