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North American Breeding Bird Survey Dataset


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This is the primary ScienceBase page for accessing North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) data. The BBS project measures bird populations on an annual basis. It has been in operation for more than 50 years, monitors 700+ types of birds, and spans the continent (map at right shows sample locations in red). More information about BBS history, methods, and past and ongoing applications of project data can be found in the "Related External Resources" section below. Accessing the Data The BBS releases its data on an annual basis. The “Child Items” section below provides links to the most recent as well as historic data releases. Each annual release includes all previously released data, plus all subsequent taxonomic updates, data corrections, [...]

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Point of Contact :
Keith L Pardieck, David Ziolkowski
Publisher :
U.S. Geological Survey
Distributor :
GS ScienceBase
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SDC Data Owner :
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Leetown Science Center


​The North American Breeding Bird Survey uses standardized, statistically rigorous protocols to deliver scientifically credible measures of the status, trends, and environmental associations of North American birds. Federal, State, and local resource planners throughout the U.S. and Canada make extensive use of BBS information to identify at-risk species and to make wildlife management decisions.

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