BISON Passes 375 Million Record Count (April, 2017)

During BISON's Winter 2016 Data Load, more than 1 million species occurrence records for bees, bumble bees, butterflies, and moths contributed by BugGuide, Butterflies and Moths of North America, and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation were made available through BISON; in addition to more than 438 thousand avian species occurrence records and more than 260 thousand plant species occurrence records, which included 100 thousand non-native plant species occurrences. This Data Load increased BISON's total record count from more than 260 million species occurrence records (over 88% georeferenced) to more than 375 million (over 90% georeferenced) for all taxa in the United States, U.S. Territories, and newly added U.S. marine Exclusive Economic Zones.

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USGS PWRC bird datasets and record counts.

BISON Passes 260 Million Record Count (November, 2015)

During BISON’s November 2015 Data Load, more than 18 million records from the USGS NAWQA (BioData) Program and PWRC Bird Banding Lab, US Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis Program, the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Migratory Bird Program and Big Rivers Network Native Bee Survey Project, and VegBank were added in BISON, increasing our total record count to more than 260 million species occurrence records (over 88% of which are georeferenced) for all taxa in the United States and U.S. Territories.

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Recognizing Recent Research (June, 2015)

BISON congratulates Clemson University’s Master of Science student Theresa Sonja Margareta Stratmann, for completing her Thesis: “Finding the Needle and the Haystack: New Insights into Locating Bog Turtles (Glyptemys muhlenbergii) and their Habitat in the Southeastern United States”. We are pleased to have been able to provide access to some of the bog turtle species occurrence data used to complete this research.

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1,174,237 records for Apoidea in BISON.

Pollinator Data in Pollinator Week (June, 2015)

During Pollinator Week (June 15-21, 2015), the importance of pollinators including bees, birds, butterflies and bats is highlighted. BISON provides access to over 1.4 million species occurrence records for native bees (keystone pollinators), including almost 300 thousand records contributed by the USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab. Millions of species occurrence records for other invertebrate and vertebrate pollinator species and the plants that depend on them for pollination services are also available through BISON for the U.S. and U.S. Territories.

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USGS PWRC bird datasets and record counts.

BISON Passes 240 Million Records (March, 2015)

During BISON’s March 2015 Data Load, over 52.5 million records from the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory, North American Bird Phenology Program, and Colonial Waterbird Monitoring Database were included in BISON, increasing our total data holdings to over 240 million species occurrence records (over 93% of which are georeferenced) for all taxa in the United States and U.S. Territories.

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209,753,233 records for all species in BISON.

BISON Passes 200 Million Records (February, 2015)

With the addition of a Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) dataset update, which included over 40 million new species occurrence records, BISON passed the 200 million record mark in February, 2015.

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Snapshot of the new BISON Home page design.

New Checklist Feature Available (September, 2014)

A new Checklist capability is now available (above the map’s upper right corner) for any taxonomic or geographic area-based search. The Checklist can be used to generate a unique list of species scientific names for a specific location such as a wildlife refuge, park, or lake. Search for a species or select one or more States/Territories or Counties from the Refine Your Search panel or from the map; or draw a Bounding Box or Polygon on the map. Then click on the Checklist link to view a list of each unique species scientific name matching your search criteria and grouped by taxonomic Kingdom. Click on the Kingdom name or count value to expand and collapse the list of names under that Kingdom. Highlight both columns of the list to select, copy, and paste it directly into a file such as an Excel spreadsheet. Note that currently the checklist only supports names in ITIS and uses the ITIS taxonomy. Also for a polygon search BISON currently displays a checklist only for the minimum bounding box around the polygon. We expect to have the checklist feature for the actual polygon search working soon. A note of caution when referencing checklists: The absence of a species from any checklist does not prove or indicate the absence of that species from your area of interest. Thus any checklist should not be considered comprehensive for your area of interest.

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Snapshot of the new BISON Home page design.

A New Web Interface for BISON (June, 2014)

The BISON Team is pleased to release the first phase of the new Web interface for BISON. This new look and feel is designed to improve access to and use of BISON's search, map viewing functions, usage statistics, and navigation throughout the site. We will be continuing to work on improving existing features such as the search refinement options, and we will also be adding some exciting new search and map-related features that we will announce as they become available.

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Associated Media section of Record Details panel.

New Associated Media Data Fields (June, 2014)

BISON now accommodates media files (e.g. image, audio, video), hyperlinks, and citations for associated media and references in species occurrence records. Media files consist of image, audio, or video recordings of the species individual whose occurrence has/is being reported, or other documents related to the record. If media files are associated with a species occurrence record in BISON, linked image thumbnails and icons (for audio, video, and document files) will be displayed in the Associated Media section of the Record Details pane that displays when you click on a point on the map.

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BISON Adds the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (June, 2014)

BISON has integrated taxonomic information provided by the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) allowing advanced search capability in BISON. With the integration, BISON users may choose to search more completely across species records. Searches can now include all synonyms and can be conducted hierarchically by genera and higher taxa levels using ITIS enabled queries. Binding taxonomic structure to search terms will make possible broad searches on species groups as Salmonidae (salmon, trout, char) or Passeriformes (small perching birds such as cardinals, tanagers, etc) as well as on all of the many synonyms and included taxa (there are 60 for Poa pratensis - Kentucky Bluegrass - alone).

 

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Welcome to the New BISON Blog! (June, 2014)

The BISON Team will periodically add updates to this blog to let you know about recent updates, new features, new data made available, and other items of interest relating to BISON. If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, or would like to report a bug (in the system) please contact bison@usgs.gov.

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