Western Monarch and Milkweed Habitat Suitability Modeling Project- MaxEnt Model Outputs

Metadata Updated: May 23, 2017

Products include relative habitat suitability models of five milkweed species thought to be important to western monarchs that enough data points to allow for creation of reasonably robust models. The species are Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed), Asclepias fascicularis (narrowleaf milkweed), Asclepias eriocarpa (woollypod milkweed), Asclepias asperula (antelope horn or spider milkweed), and Asclepias cordifolia (heartleaf milkweed). These models were developed by correlating a set of environmental covariates to the known occurrence points. A different subset of uncorrelated variables was selected for each species from a set of 25 possible covariate rasters. A model of monarch breeding habitat suitability was also developed, by correlated known monarch breeding habitat points to as an uncorrelated subset of the environmental covariates as well as the habitat suitability models already developed for the 5 milkweed species. All of these models are being distributed via ServCat in their original 270m pixel resolution for use by the USFWS and its partners. These models are imperfect because they are based on limited and spatially biased data, but it is appropriate to use them to help plan prioritize habitat improvement actions at a regional scale, and to identify areas for 2016 surveys. Locations that show up as having high relative suitability but do not have known occurrences would be especially valuable to survey. The models include embedded metadata and Esri layer files. Full documentation of the methods used to develop these models will be provided in a report that is currently in draft and will be submitted for peer review in early 2016.

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Metadata Created Date February 28, 2016
Metadata Updated Date May 23, 2017

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Metadata Created Date February 28, 2016
Metadata Updated Date May 23, 2017
Publisher Fish and Wildlife Service
Unique Identifier FWS_ServCat_56630
Brent Frakes
Maintainer Email
Public Access Level public
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Homepage URL https://ecos.fws.gov/ServCat/Reference/Profile/56630
Data Last Modified 2015-02-01
Program Code 010:094, 010:028
Related Documents https://ecos.fws.gov/ServCat/Reference/Profile/56630
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Temporal 2015-02-01/2016-02-01
Category Geospatial Dataset

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