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Stream fish species abundance and associated physical habitat data in Catoctin Mountain Park (2015-2016)


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Hitt, N.P., Snyder, C.D., and Snook, E.L., 2018, Stream fish species abundance and associated physical habitat data in Catoctin Mountain Park (2015-2016): U.S. Geological Survey data release,


This Data Release provides records of fish species abundance collected during summer 2015 using single pass backpack electrofishing within sections of Owens Creek, Big Hunting Creek, and Blue Blazes Creek (a tributary to Big Hunting Creek) in Maryland (USA). We also provide water and air temperature data collected during at 30 minute increments summers of 2015 and 2016. Stream physical habitat data are also reported for fish sampling sites.


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Nathaniel P Hitt
Originator :
Nathaniel P Hitt, Craig D Snyder, Erin L Snook
Metadata Contact :
Nathaniel P Hitt
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U.S. Geological Survey
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U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
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SDC Data Owner :
Eastern Ecological Science Center

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Catoctin_FishData.csv 58.92 KB text/csv
Catoctin_FishHabitat.csv 124.92 KB text/csv
Catoctin_FishSites.csv 1.76 KB text/csv
Catoctin_LoggerSites.csv 1.55 KB text/csv
Catoctin_Temperature.csv 21.35 MB text/csv


Anticipating and mitigating the effects of climate change is a fundamental challenge for natural resource conservation. In this study, we respond to the research needs identified by Catoctin Mountain Park (CATO) personnel for coldwater stream conservation in the context of climate change. Native brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) were identified as a high priority for research due to their natural and cultural importance and dependence on coldwater habitats which are threatened by climate change.


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DOI doi:10.5066/F7N015QC

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