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USFWS introduces the Midwest Avian Data Center - A State-of-the-Art Data Management and Decision Support System for the Bird Conservation Community
Midwest Region, August 2, 2011
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Homepage for the newly released Midwest Avian Data Center, the Midwest region’s state-of-the-art bird conservation decision support system.  Check it out today at http://data.prbo.org/partners/mwadc.
Homepage for the newly released Midwest Avian Data Center, the Midwest region’s state-of-the-art bird conservation decision support system. Check it out today at http://data.prbo.org/partners/mwadc. - Photo Credit: Katie Koch
The Midwest Avian Data Centers encourages citizen scientists to participate in local bird conservation, monitoring and research activities, such as fall Saw-whet Owl banding.
The Midwest Avian Data Centers encourages citizen scientists to participate in local bird conservation, monitoring and research activities, such as fall Saw-whet Owl banding. - Photo Credit: Katie Koch
Map-based Avian Summary showing Golden-winged Warbler occurrence from three different avian monitoring programs from June-July, for all years.
Map-based Avian Summary showing Golden-winged Warbler occurrence from three different avian monitoring programs from June-July, for all years. - Photo Credit: Katie Koch

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Program recently launched the Midwest Avian Data Center (http://data.prbo.org/partners/mwadc), a cutting edge data management and decision support system to provide readily accessible avian monitoring data to the Midwest bird conservation community. The Midwest Avian Data Center was developed through a partnership between the Service’s Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership and PRBO Conservation Science and is made possible by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Avian Knowledge Network (AKN). The Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership has served as a regional network committed to informed bird conservation decisions through enhanced coordination and exchange of monitoring information since 2009.

 

The Midwest Avian Data Center allows Midwest bird conservation partners to compare bird population trends from several large datasets at multiple scales (e.g., Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Joint Venture, Bird Conservation Region, State, National Wildlife Refuge, County, and between months/years).

The Midwest Avian Data Center provides access to recommended, standardized monitoring protocols, downloadable field data entry forms, customized data entry pages, online training resources, and other important considerations for a successful monitoring program. The data center also directs users to relevant conservation planning documents (i.e., Bird Habitat Joint Venture Plans) and best management practices. Citizen scientists can learn about new ways to get involved in bird conservation and monitoring from their own backyards or in a nearby wildlife area in the region.

Providing immediate access to real-time datasets from multiple sources will allow individual land managers to understand local bird population trends and assist with management decisions in relation to Birds of Conservation Concern and impacts of climate change. The Midwest Avian Data Center can also be used to facilitate wildlife-friendly wind power development planning, analyze changes in phenology of bird migration and nesting, and project impacts of climate change on bird species’ distributions.

For more information about the Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership contact Katie Koch, Midwest Bird Monitoring Coordinator, at Katie_koch@fws.gov or visit:

USFWS Midwest Region Migratory Birds Surveys and Monitoring http://www.fws.gov/midwest/midwestbird/surveys.htm

Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership: http://midwestbirdmonitoring.ning.com/

Midwest Avian Data Center: http://data.prbo.org/partners/mwadc
 


Contact Info: Katie Koch, 906-226-1249, katie_koch@fws.gov



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