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Provides general resources for research, methodology, and results from the monitoring of current invasive species problems. See our Smartphone Applications (apps) resources to assist in tracking, monitoring various species, including invasive species.

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USGS Tracks How Hurricane Floodwaters Spread Non-Native Freshwater Plants and Animals (Apr 23, 2018)
DOI. USGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center. Nonindigenous Aquatic Species.
Recent hurricanes may have spread non-native freshwater plants and animals into new water bodies, where some of them can disrupt living communities or change the landscape. To help land managers find and manage these flood-borne newcomers, scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey have created four online maps, one for each hurricane. These “storm tracker” map sets, on which users can see the potential spread of any of 226 non-native aquatic plant and animal species during the 2017 hurricane season. For more information, see Flood and Storm Tracker (FaST) Maps.

WHISPers (Wildlife Health Information Sharing Partnership - Event Reporting System)
DOI. USGS. National Wildlife Health Center.
WHISPers, a Wildlife Health Information Sharing Partnership event reporting system with current and historic information on wildlife morbidity or mortality events in North America. Events typically involve five or more sick or dead wild animals observed in the same general location and time period. This information is collected opportunistically and provided here by multiple State, Federal, and other agencies to enhance collective understanding of disease in wildlife populations.


ForWarn - Satellite-Based Change Recognition and Tracking
ForWarn is a satellite-based forest disturbance monitoring system for the conterminous United States. It delivers new forest change products every eight days and provides tools for attributing abnormalities to insects, disease, wildfire, storms, human development or unusual weather. Archived data provide disturbance tracking across all lands since 2000.
See also: Press Release - USDA Forest Service and NASA Release Web-based Forest Disturbance Monitoring Tool (Mar 19, 2012)

Invasive Alien Species - A Toolkit of Best Prevention and Management Practices (2001; PDF | 1.62 MB)
CAB International; Global Invasive Species Programme.

Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS)
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Provides distribution data at the State and County level and point locations. See the section Who's Using It? for mapping distribution in various areas of the country.

CitiSci.org - Citizen Science
Colorado Sate University.
An invasive species mapping program that allows citizens, school groups, and professionals to enter invasive species observations into a global database. Provides the training and tools to allow anyone to participate in research on species distributions. For starters, we are focusing on engaging citizen scientists to help map invasive species.
Note: Funded by by National Science Foundation (NSF); joint effort with the U.S. Geological Survey and under the supervision of the National Institute of Invasive Species Science.

Discover Life
Discover Life.
Discover Life helps you to identify things, share ways to teach and study nature's wonders, use maps, report your findings, and contribute to and learn from the Web's growing encyclopedia of life. This illustrated, non-technical guide provides data reporting tools that allow users to accurately locate their collection site using detailed maps. Includes Invasive Species and IDnature Guides: North American Invasives and Web-based guides for monitoring and identification of exotic species: Ticks of the U.S.

Federal Government

Agricultural Quarantine Inspection Monitoring (AQIM) Handbook (2011; PDF | 1.6 MB)
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Cumberland Piedmont Network - Invasive Species Early Detection Monitoring (ISED)
DOI. NPS. Inventory and Monitoring Program.

Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network - Early Detection of Invasive Species Monitoring
DOI. NPS. Inventory and Monitoring Program.

Forest Health Protection Mapping and Reporting
USDA. Forest Service.
Applications provide access to a myriad of state, county and local level forest insect and disease conditions data. In addition, we offer a window into near real time forest disturbance information collected by satellite. Professionals in forest entomology and forest pathology both from the U.S.Forest Service and cooperating state forestry agencies collect this information each year. These data are collected from the air via standard aerial survey, from ground surveys or from remote sensing analysis.

Alien Forest Pest Explorer
Alien Forest Pest Explorer is a portal for the exploration of spatial and biological data relating to non-indigenous forest pests. It can be used to generate customized reports that provide a brief description of the pest and a map depicting state and county distribution. Currently, the Explorer contains data for 90 forest pests (75 insect and 15 pathogen species) in the U.S.

National Forest Health Monitoring Program
USDA. Forest Service.
The Forest Health Monitoring (FHM) is a national program designed to determine the status, changes, and trends in indicators of forest condition on an annual basis. The FHM program uses data from ground plots and surveys, aerial surveys, and other biotic and abiotic data sources and develops analytical approaches to address forest health issues that affect the sustainability of forest ecosystems.
Also see: Forest Health Monitoring: A National Strategic Plan (Apr 2003; PDF | 204 KB)

National Insect & Disease Risk Maps
USDA. FS. Forest Health Assessment & Applied Sciences Team.
Includes Invasive Species Risk Assessment and Invasive Pest Risk Maps

Invasive Species Survey: A Report on the Invasion of the National Wildlife Refuge System (May 2004)
DOI. FWS. National Wildlife Refuge System.
See also: National Wildlife Refuge System


Maine Invasive Mapping and Other Data
University of Maine. Maine Invasive Species Network.
Resource include a comprehensive compilation of map and other database resources publicly available for invasive and pest species in Maine.

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