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Wildlife Health Event Reporter

The Wildlife Health Event Reporter is a web-based application created to record wildlife observations by citizens concerned about dead or sick wildlife. Early detection of disease events that affect wildlife is often difficult to achieve. There must be observers in the area to take note of the event, and have knowledge of what to do with that information, as well as beat scavengers to the evidence. To help address this need, the Wildlife Data Integration Network (WDIN) developed WHER. After wildlife disease events are recorded in WHER, these observations are joined with other wildlife sightings and are viewable in tabular reports or on a map, enabling people to see where similar events are happening.

Project URL: http://www.wher.org/

Geographic Scope: United States

Status: Hiatus or on hold

Recruiting Volunteers: Yes, this project is recruiting

Participation Tasks: Data entry, Identification, Learning, Observation, Site selection and/or description,

Start Date: 2010

Project Contact: sladkyk@svm.vetmed.wisc.edu

Federal Government Sponsor:

USGS logo Fish and Wildlife Service logo

Other Federal Government Sponsor:

Name of Nonfederal Sponsors: Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System of the US Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and from the former US Geological Survey’s National Biological Information Infrastructure. Technical development of WHER with UW Madison’s DoIT Academic Technology group. WHER is managed and maintained by UW Madison’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

Project Topic: Animals, Biology, Ecology and environment, Health and medicine, Nature and outdoors, Ocean/water and marine,

Intended Outcomes: Programmatic, Research development, Civic and community, Individual learning, Conservation,