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The Wildlife Health Event Reporter

Main Project Information
Goal Detect wildlife disease outbreaks early.
Task Report sightings of sick or dead wildlife
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

Wildlife Health Event Reporter (WHER) is publicly available to anyone to use to report their sightings of sick or dead wildlife.

Individual reports viewed together can lead to the detection and containment of wildlife disease outbreaks that may pose a health risk to people, domestic animals and other wildlife. WHER hopes to harness the power of the many eyes of the public to better detect wildlife disease phenomenon.

Additionally, WHER was developed by the Wildlife Data Integration Network (WDIN), a program of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

How to Join

Visit, sign up for an account and start sharing your wildlife health observations. Creating a report will take about 5 to 10 minutes. And with your WHER account, you can filter and view everyone’s or just your reports in a table or on a map. If you want to stay on top of the reports being sent to WHER, sign up to get a daily summary by email or as an RSS feed. Questions and comments can be sent to the project team at

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Required Gear

A computer with Internet access or smart phone (e.g. iPhone, Android.)

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing, On a hike, In the car, At home, In snow or rain, At the beach, On a walk, run, At school
Tags ecohealth, surveillance, wildlife disease, wildlife health
Project Updated 08/04/2017