Avian Knowledge Network Unveils New Website
The Avian Knowledge Network (AKN) recently launched its newly updated website at http://avianknowledge.net and invites your participation to further the success of this unique endeavor to conserve birds.
The AKN grew out of a series of discussions more than a decade ago and, in 2006, resulted in a grant awarded by the National Science Foundation to fund the network’s foundational infrastructure. From that small beginning, the AKN has grown far beyond expectations to become the primary source of bird monitoring data in the Western Hemisphere.
One component of the AKN, called eBird, is the most successful avian citizen science project on the planet and includes hundreds of millions of records. Other components (called AKN regional and thematic nodes) such as the California Avian Data Center, the Rocky Mountain Avian Data Center, and the Midwest (U.S.) Avian Data Center, host over 20 million records from hundreds of research projects. They include point count, banding, nest success, area search, and distance sampling data.
An Eastern U.S. Avian Data Center is nearing launch, and will cover an area from the Caribbean islands to the state of Maine and west to Texas. Some nodes, such as Canada’s Nature Counts, have extended the capacity to capture monitoring data from other taxa.
Combined, we are striving to implement existing and new science-based data standards, providing recommendations for best monitoring practices, and encouraging innovation and use of data management, visualization, analysis, and decision support tools. True to the name and commitment to collaboration, transparency, and efficiency, we share data, lessons learned, and development costs of tools across AKN nodes.
Visit http://avianknowledge.net to learn more about the AKN, explore some of the nodes and tools, provide your feedback or questions, and join the AKN community.
By Katie Koch