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Wyoming Natural Diversity Database

Observations are delivered in shapefile format. For those without GIS software, the .dbf file associated with the shapefile may be opened and saved in Excel (it includes all the attributes associated with the shapefile).

Data Dictionary for Mapped Observations

Attribute Description Hidden for Sensitive Records?
ROW_ID Unique row identifier for each individual request N
OBS_ID Unique ID used internally by WYNDD's database to identify the observation record N
SENSITIVE Data included in record is sensitive (see Data Sensitivity Policy) N
SCINAME Scientific name of the observed taxon N
COMNAME Common name of the observed taxon N
OBSERVER Name(s) of the person or people who made the observation Y
OBSDATE Date of the observation Y
YEAR Year of the observation N
MONTH Month of the observation Y
DAY Day of the observation Y
DATE_OTHER If date was provided in a non-standard format (e.g., "96-Summer"), the original date information is provided here Y
DATE_ERROR If date was not precise, error is given in days (e.g., "96-Summer," OBSDATE will be displayed as July 15, 1996, with DATE_ERROR of 60 days) Y
DET_CIRCUM Description of circumstance leading to the observation: unknown, incidental, or survey Y
TALLY Total of all individuals recorded as part of an observation Y
TALLY_DESC Verbal description of tally or tallies associated with the observation (e.g. 3 adult males and 2 adult females) Y
HABITAT Habitat description Y
ACTIVITY Activity of observed animal(s) Y
FLAG Additional flags that may be attached to the observation record Y
DWELLING Dwelling features attached to the observation record Y
SPECIMEN Description of associated specimen(s), including repository, collection identification information, etc. Y
OBS_COM General notes about the observation Y
EVAL_NOTES WYNDD biologist comments about their confidence in the record Y

Description of the type of conflict(s) detected in the data
  activity: an unusual activity was recorded for the taxon (flying frog)
  detectability_date: taxon is not usually detectable on date (winter frog)
  life_stage: an unusual life stage was recorded (yearling frog)
  life_history: reproduction or migration indicated but not known in area
  mapping: possible error in mapping, consult other errors
  measurement: an unusual measurement was recorded
  obsdate: possible issue with reported date
  occurrence: taxon is listed as absent in area
  tally: an unusual number of individuals was recorded (50 grizzlies)

Conflicts don't necessarily mean there is a problem with the record. They are indicated when observed attributes fall outside set evaluation criteria. Evaluation criteria are modified from time to time based on incoming information.

RANGE_EVAL Notes about any range conflicts that might have been detected by the system Y
TAX_EVAL Notes about any possible taxonomic identification issues suggested by system evaluations Y
DATE_EVAL Notes about any possible date issues suggested by system evaluations Y
MAP_EVAL Notes about any possible mapping issues suggested by system evaluations Y
DATASET Name or description of the dataset containing the record, as provided to WYNDD Y
LOC_DESC Verbal description provided by observer about the location (e.g. top of hill) Y
LOC_ERROR Mapping error or uncertainty for the observation record, expressed in meters Y
LOCATION Verbal description of exact location (e.g. exact coordinates or township/range/section identifier) Y
WYNDD_SOC WYNDD Species of Concern ranking N
S_RANK Wyoming risk of extirpation, based on a standardized ranking system coordinated by NatureServe N
G_RANK Global risk of extirpation, based on a standardized ranking system coordinated by NatureServe N
USFWS_ESA Current status under the Endagered Species Act N
BLM_WY BLM sensitive status N
USFS_SENS USFS sensitive status, by USFS Region N
USFS_SOLC USFS Species of Local Concern designation, by Forest/Grassland N
WGFD_NSS Wyoming Game and Fish Department Native Species Status N
WGFD_TIER Wyoming Game and Fish Department Tier rankings N
WGFD_SGCN Wyoming Game and Fish Department Species of Greatest Conservation Need N
WY_CONTRIB WYNDD ranking system indicating the contribution of Wyoming populations of a taxon to the rangewide persistence of that taxon N
ORIG_UID Original unique identifier, if any, that came with record from original data source Y
OTHER_ID Non-unique identifiers that are associated with the record Y
ASSOC_CODE Codes associated with the record Y
DATA_SRC Source of the observation record (generally an organization or individual) Y
TAXON_ID Unique ID used internally by WYNDD's database to identify the observed taxon N
LOC_ID Unique ID used internally by WYNDD's database to identify the location record associated with the observation Y
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