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Monitoring Network Saves Wealth of Data on American Bird Populations

Snapshot : Network archives data sets to address future large-scale conservation issues

Principal Investigators(s) :
Ralph, C. J. 
Research Location : The Americas
Research Station : Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW)
Year : 2012
Highlight ID : 114

Summary

With increasing focus on global-scale environmental issues, scientists have an urgent need to address large-scale issues for land bird populations, such as life histories, migration patterns, and population trends, among others, that cannot be accomplished on the scale of individual projects. Forest Service scientists at the Pacific Southwest Research Station, known at PSW-A, have joined with other governmental agencies, organizations, and individuals in the Western Hemisphere to create the Landbird Monitoring Network of the Americas.

This network is working to archive banding and census data and to bring together scientists and database experts from PSW-A, Avian Knowledge Network, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, PBRO Conservation Sciences, and Klamath Bird Observatory.

The network is working to retrieve and archive the wealth of data that had previously been collected but not retained for use on a larger scale. The network has archived nearly 4 million records of capture and census data from 60 cooperators in North and South America. About 40 percent of those data are available on line for researchers to access and query over Web-based applications. The network also works to increase communication among researchers through regular newsletters and its Web page and by promoting large-scale studies among multiple researchers.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • Avian Knowledge Network, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, PBRO Conservation Sciences, and Klamath Bird Observatory