The Wildlife Health Monitoring Network (WHMN) is a collaboration between public and private institutions, including the general public, dedicated to a better understanding of health and disease in free-ranging wildlife. We hope that the suite of tools on this site will allow for timelier reporting and analysis of wildlife morbidity and mortality events. Through this process we will gain a national perspective, and expand our abilities to recognize atypical events, caused by either natural or man-made processes. Read a fact sheet about the Wildlife Health Monitoring Network here.
Wildlife Health Event Reporter (WHER)
People engaging in their regular work or recreational activities have tremendous potential to observe and record events that may identify important changes in the environment. The Wildlife Health Event Reporter is an experimental tool that hopes to harness the power of the many eyes of the public to better detect these changes.
National HPAI Early Detection Data System (HEDDS)
One goal of the U.S. Interagency Strategic Plan for the development of an “Early Detection System for Asian H5N1 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Wild Migratory Birds" is to development a National database, that can contain HPAI data collected in accordance with Plan guidelines, and can be used by all agencies, organizations, and policy makers.
As part of its Wildlife Health Monitoring Network, the Wildlife Data Integration Network has created this National HPAI Early Detection Data System for this purpose. We expect that the content and format will change frequently based on the contributions and needs of the many collaborators in this effort. The USGS National Wildlife Health Center maintains the HEDDS system.
Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET)
The Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET) is a citizen science program that brings together interdisciplinary researchers and members of the public in a long-term collaborative effort to identify and mitigate threats to marine birds.
SEANET was initiated by the Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine, in collaboration with the Lloyd Center for Environmental Studies in Massachusetts, during Autumn 2002. Since this time, the project has expanded to beaches throughout New England, New York and New Jersey and more recently, to the southeastern US, with beaches in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. For the latest SEANET news and updates, visit the SEANET Blog.
SEANET volunteers conduct year-round beached bird surveys in order to identify and record information about bird mortality along the east coast of the United States. Data collected by hundreds of SEANET volunteers are used to examine the spatial pattern of bird carcass deposition and how it varies across time.
These surveys provide baseline information about bird mortality and can help to detect mass mortality events due to oil spills, algal toxins, and disease outbreaks. Marine birds can serve as indicators of ecosystem and human health; monitoring the threats they face and their mortality patterns can teach us about the health of the marine environment.
If your agency or volunteer group would like to get involved in the Wildlife Health Monitoring Network and any of the applications seen here, get in touch! Contact us at the Wildlife Data Integration Network.