Sensitive Species Location Obscuring
Wildlife Insights is committed to sharing data for conservation purposes. However, certain species may be at-risk with the exposure of specific geographic location data. In order to protect the locations of these species, Wildlife Insights will fuzz the exact coordinates of all deployments set at a location where a sensitive species is captured. The fuzzed location will be provided in lieu of the exact location for all public downloads.
If you are downloading public data, you can determine which deployments have fuzzed coordinates by referring to the column titled "Fuzzed" in the deployments.csv file provided. If the value is "True", the deployment's coordinates have been fuzzed. If the value is "False", the coordinates provided are the exact coordinates provided to Wildlife Insights. Public data users may request access to exact locations of sensitive species by contacting the project administrator or owner.
Sensitive Species List
The list of sensitive species is defined and managed by Wildlife Insights based on best practices and can be viewed here.
The Wildlife Insights sensitive species list was generated with the following procedure: all terrestrial vertebrates (mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds) with IUCN RedList categories CR, EN, and VU and threat codes 5.1 and 5.2 (associated with hunting/poaching) are listed. This species list was combined with EBird's sensitive species list, found here.
With the EBird list, all subspecies-level entries were broadened to the species level, and regionally sensitive species were removed. In addition the following two species were excluded due to inability to resolve to a species:
Mount Mutis Parrotfinch (undescribed form) Erythrura [undescribed form]
Common Diuca-Finch x Yellow Cardinal (hybrid) Diuca diuca x Gubernatrix cristata
In case of duplicate records between the two sources, only the EBird record was kept.