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Burmese python environmental DNA data, and environmental covariates, collected from wading bird aggregations and control sites in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem, United States, in 2017

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2017

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Orzechowski, S.C.M., Frederick, P.C., Dorazio, R.M. and Hunter, M.E., 2019, Burmese python environmental DNA data, and environmental covariates, collected from wading bird aggregations and control sites in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem, United States, in 2017: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9FKPZMB.

Summary

Environmental DNA (eDNA) water samples were collected at 15 tree islands containing wading bird breeding colonies (order Pelecaniformes) and 15 empty control islands in the central Everglades of Florida in spring of 2017 (April through June) and analyzed for the presence of eDNA from invasive Burmese pythons (Python bivittatus). The Burmese python is now established as a breeding population throughout south Florida, USA. Pythons can consume large quantities of prey and may be a particular threat to wading bird breeding colonies in the Everglades. To quantify python occupancy rates at tree islands where wading birds breed, we utilized environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis—a genetic tool which detects shed DNA in water samples and provides [...]

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Data were collected to assess whether Burmese pythons are attracted to breeding aggregations of wading birds in the central Everglades by comparing environmental DNA occupancy rates of Burmese pythons at wading bird breeding sites and control sites, with the ultimate goal of informing management practices.

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