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Species Observations

Species Observations

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Request detailed observations to be delivered in shapefile format for a fee. Please review our data sensitivity policy prior to making a request. Observations are accompanied by a species overlay, which can be requested independently, free of charge.

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Looking for spatial data from WYNDD? Our Species List application provides downloads for range maps, predictive distribution models, and generalized observations.

Through our data request process, we provide detailed observation records, along with species overlays, using a fee schedule as provided below. Learn more about our data sensitivity policy and our species overlays.


Fee Schedule for requests manually filled by WYNDD

WYNDD's primary mission is to maintain a statewide database of spatial and biological information on rare species and important plant communities, and disseminate data to interested parties. State funding covers a portion of the costs associated with this mission, therefore state agencies, including the University of Wyoming, are exempt from paying fees. Monies generated through data request fees and outside contracts are used to cover the remaining costs.

Area-based requests:

fee is based on number of townships intersected by request area

One township: $110.00
Each additional township intersected by the request area will add $10.00 to the base fee

1 township = $110.00
2 townships = $120.00
3 townships = $130.00
Up to a maximum of $10,000 (roughly 1000 townships, or about a third of the state)

Species-based requests:

Requests for specific species should use the following formula for calculating the fee

Number of Townships x Number of Taxa (for statewide requests use 2800 as the number of townships)

      • Tier 1 - if the number of taxa x the number of townships is less than 6251 then the fee = $110.00
      • Tier 2 -if the number of taxa x the number of townships is between 6250 and 62500 then multiply that product by 0.030 for fee (e.g. 25 taxa X 1000 townships = 25,000, multiplied by 0.030 = $750.00)
      • Tier 3 -if the number of taxa x the number of townships is greater than 62500 then multiply by 0.0495 for fee, up to $10,000

WYNDD will not fill data requests for persons/organizations with overdue payments.


Recommended Citation

Wyoming Natural Diversity Database. YEAR. Data compilation for PERSON of ORGANIZATION, received MONTH DAY, YEAR. Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming.


Contact Information

Contact our Data Coordinator for questions about requesting data.


Observation Data File Formats

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).

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
VRBTM_TAX Name of taxon as provided to WYNDD Y
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, unless provided as a range, see tally_desc for more details Y
TALLY_DESC Verbal description of tally or tallies associated with the observation (e.g. 3 adult males and 2 adult females) 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
MEASUREMNT Any measurements associated with observed taxon Y
HLTH_MORT Health and/or mortality information of observed taxon Y
SPECIMEN Description of associated specimen(s), including repository, collection identification information, etc. Y
HABITAT Habitat description Y
OBS_COM General notes about the observation Y
EVAL_COM Biologist comments about their confidence in the record Y
EVAL_DATE Date of WYNDD biologist evaluation Y
EVAL_BY Name of biologist that evaluated record Y

Description of the type of conflict(s) detected during a system evaluation of a record (as opposed to a biologist evaluation) 
  activity: e.g. "flying" when taxon is a frog
  detectability_date: e.g. "Dec 10" when taxon is a frog
  life_stage: e.g. "yearling" when taxon is a 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.

SYS_CNFLCT System generated notes describing any conflict(s) detected during a system evaluation of record 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
DATASET Name or description of the dataset containing the record, as provided to WYNDD 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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