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Poultry Feeding Operations on the Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia Peninsula from 2016 to 2017


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Soroka, A.M., and Duren, Z., 2020, Poultry feeding operations on the Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia Peninsula from 2016 to 2017: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Data release contains two shapefiles related to poultry houses on the Delmarva Peninsula (Delaware, Eastern Shore Maryland and, Eastern Shore Virginia). One dataset is a polygon shapefile representing 6013 poultry houses identified using 2016 and 2017 aerial imagery from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Aerial Imagery Program (NAIP). The second dataset is a point shapefile of inactive houses which displayed similar characteristics to the active houses except were overgrown or in a state of disrepair (in some cases only the building's footprint remains).


Point of Contact :
Alexander M Soroka
Originator :
Alexander M Soroka, Zachary L Duren
Metadata Contact :
Alexander M Soroka
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
SDC Data Owner :
Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Water Science Center
USGS Mission Area :
Water Resources

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Data were created to support avian epidemiology research by the USGS Chesapeake Bay Studies program to investigate disease transmission risk of migratory birds to farms. Poultry houses were mapped to learn about spatial house density across the peninsula, and poultry house proximity to ponds which migratory birds may use.


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  • USGS Chesapeake Bay
  • USGS Data Release Products
  • USGS Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia Water Science Center



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DOI doi:10.5066/P9MO25Z7

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