Programs / Projects
Area JASON 97 The JASON Project, an international, interdisciplinary
program that aims to excite and engage students in science and technology,
and to provide professional development for their teachers, uses the Internet
and satellite feeds to enable 4th- through 8th-grade students to see and
talk with scientists and researchers doing field work in remote locations
around the world. The Madison Area project web site includes profiles of
Great Lakes migratory birds, an audio of wetland bird songs, an interactive
bird quiz, a listing of participating schools, guides to teacher resources
and community "passport to discovery" sites, and student home pages developed
as part of the JASON VIII Project curriculum.
for Bird Populations: Bird Banding Classes Designed to provide both
amateur birders and professional biologists with the skills necessary to
participate in monitoring and research programs involving bird banding.
Fast-paced with skilled instructors. Scholarships available. IBP is a non-profit
based in California dedicated to fostering a global approach to the preservation
of birds and their habitats, and coordinates the MAPS program (see below).
Avis Rainforest Reserve Bordering Braulio Carrillo National Park and
the Zona Protectora La Selva, Costa Rica, Rara Avis is an interesting project
in commercial rainforest conservation - using ecotourism to make the rainforest
profitable without destroying it, and using publicity to teach others to
do the same. Website includes checklist of Costa Rica birds.
Publishers of Birding Guides and Software
Backyard Birding Resources
Monitoring / Census / Surveys
Breeding Bird Studies / Monitoring
Programs (N America)
Bird Atlases / Species Distribution
American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) Results and Analysis 1966-1996.
Started in 1966, the BBS is a large-scale survey of North American birds
with the primary objective of estimating population change for songbirds.
Run by Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, US Department of the Interior,
Laurel, MD, USA. Website is divided into General Information, Survey Results,
Analytical Tools, Learning Tools and is a good source of information about
distributions and population changes of North American birds.
Birds of North America A summary of population trends and distributions
of breeding and wintering populations, as documented by the BBS and CBC.
Info-rich website includes data, graphs, maps, species accounts.
Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) A cooperative effort among
public agencies, private organizations and the bird banders of North America
to provide long-term data on the productivity, survivorship and population
sizes of target landbird species through constant-effort mist netting,
banding and point-counts during the breeding season. Relies increasingly
on contribution of data from volunteer cooperators.
Monitoring Lists some monitoring programs of national interest undertaken
by various US and Canadian agencies.
Monitoring in North America A links hub for bird monitoring programs
in North America.
Christmas Bird Counts
San Diego County Bird Atlas Project launched February 1997. Website
includes project overview, species accounts, incidental observation form,
notable discoveries, and reports from the field.
Los Angeles County Breeding Bird Atlas Website contains info about
the project, atlas handbook, casual observation form, newsletter Nest
Notes (table of contents).
Birds Website includes species list and distribution maps.
Breeding Bird Atlas Web page reviews the Iowa Breeding Bird Atlas,
published November 1996.
Breeding Bird Atlas Web page gives some info about the project which
involved data collection from 1992 to end 1997.
Breeding Bird Atlas Website includes species distribution maps and
quad-level species list.
Breeding Bird Atlas Web page by Maryland Ornithological Society describes
the Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Jersey Breeding Bird Atlas Web page gives some background info on the
project with a request for help on some difficult-to-detect species.
Breeding Bird Atlas Website includes info about atlasing, the project
(how to participate, resources, sponsors etc) and links.
Dakota Breeding Bird Atlas Website includes project results from fieldwork
that took place between 1988-93, plus species distribution maps.
State Breeding Bird Atlas Website contains detailed info on the methodology,
and species distribution maps.
Breeding Bird Atlas Ongoing project begun in 1995. Website contains
methodology, data summaries, species distribution maps, atlasers' biographies,
casual observation form, and links.
Specific Groups / Regional Projects
Bird Count Sponsored by the National Audubon Society. Began in 1900
and now involves over 40,000 participants. Birders count birds within a
series of circular count areas each year on a pre-specified day around
25 December. Web page "is designed to display temporal and geographic patterns
in populations of wintering North American birds using summarized CBC results
from the period 1959-1988".
Bird Count Database Project Web page by John W. Shipman which gives
a summary of completed efforts to make Christmas Bird Count data available
in computer-readable form.
A page in The Birding in Connecticut website gives the winter 1996-97 listings.
A page in the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union's website gives the results
of the 1996/97 CBC.
page by Vic Fazio with results in pdf files (requires Acrobat reader software
A section in the Texas Gulf Coast Birding and Naturalist Web gives listings
by location and results of the 1996-97 CBC.
Penguin Monitoring Program Web page by Judy Clarke and Dr Knowles Kerry,
Australian Antarctic Division, with information about research carried
out at the three Australian bases in Antarctica: Casey, Davis, and Mawson.
Waterbird Inventory and Monitoring Web page posts the Recommended Protocol
for a Regional/National Colonial Waterbird Inventory and Monitoring Program.
Bluebird Project started by a group of bluebird enthusiasts to exchange
information on how the bird is doing, nesting records, how to start a bluebird
trail, nestboxes, problems.
Raptor Project A non-profit devoted to the preservation of Iowa's raptors
and their natural habitats through the rehabilitation of injured raptors,
educational programs, and field research. Based at Univ of Iowa and Kirkwood
Community College. Website includes info about different kinds of raptors,
quizzes, directions to the center.
Peregrine Falcons Website provides complete coverage of the life and
times of a pair of Peregrine Falcons that have nested in the Stock Exchange
Tour in Old Montreal since 1984, and a great deal of information about
A project initiated by Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute in Wisconsin
and Minnesota. Web page includes background information and links to the
institutes other programs and resources.
FeederWatch A Cornell Lab for Ornithology survey, running from November
through March, of birds at backyard feeders involving thousands of volunteers
throughout North America.
Center at University of Minnesota an international medical facility
for birds of prey. Mission is to preserve biological diversity through
medical treatment, scientific investigation, education, and management
of wild populations. Website includes info on education programs, events,
Band Recovery Information Web page describes where and how to report
information from recovered banded bands.
Redberry Pelican Project Redberry Lake Migratory Bird Sanctuary, near
city of Saskatoon.
Hummingbird Roundup Backyard Survey A five-year Nongame and Urban Program
run by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to learn more about the
range, distribution, favored sites, and feeding habits of hummingbirds.
GAP Analysis Programs Map/distribution analysis to prioritize preservation
areas by the Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.
/ Satellite Tracking
Biological Service Protocols In September 1993, a workshop was held
to evaluate the potential of counting birds during migration as a means
of assessing population change in landbirds (organized by the Canadian
Wildlife Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, now the National
Biological Service). The workshop proposed formation of a "Migration Monitoring
Council" to implement its recommendations. In March, 1994 the Council met
and appointed two technical committees. The "Intensive Committee" is responsible
for requirements of intensively operated sites such as bird observatories
and banding stations. The "Extensive Committee" was charged with developing
guidelines for geographically- dispersed migration counts, specifically
checklist programs. This document presents the Extensive Committee's recommendation.
Recommended guidelines for checklist programs.
Online Data Entry "Checklist of the birds of Illinois." The form will
eventually form the front end of a birding database but cannot be used
for online subsmission yet.
Checklist Program Web page authored by Denis LePage provides an introduction
to the program and includes an annotated list of birds observed in Canada.
Information by state accessed from a clickable map.
Checklist Program A page in Denis LePage's "Birds of Quebec" website
provides details of this program in French, with a link to an annotated
checklist for birds observed in Quebec.
Prairie Science Center Checklists Comprehensive source of more than
300 local bird checklists.
Swallow Project initiated by the Youth and Environment Europe (YEE),
a non-government youth environment network with 40 European member organizations.
The project aims to track the migration of Barnswallow in Europe. Web page
includes an appeal for observations to be sent in.
North An educational program by the Anneberg/CPB Math and Science Project,
Minneapolis. In addition to following animals online, schools, classes
and individuals can report sightings and subscribe to a mailing list for
updates. Website also has archived material for the 1995 adn 1996 projects.
Birds Know No Boundaries An interdisciplinary course of study employing
advanced technology to study bird migration, based in Israel. Website offers
details of the course and information on migration and tracking.
Tracked by The Raptor Center using transmitters and satellite transmitting
to learn more about their migration routes to and from South and Central
America. Website includes location data and a map for 1996 data. Also has
a Teacher Lesson Plan.
Tracking Endangered Species A joint NASA and Patuxent Wildlife Research
Center project. Among species tracked are Sandhill Crane, Harpy, Golden
and Steppe Eagles, Website includes maps, a musical slide show, and a Fly
Away Home movie segment.
Tracking Wood Storks from Harris Neck National Wildflife Refuge in
Georgia to their wintering locations in Georgia and Florida. A cooperative
involving several organizations/corporations. Website gives background
information and daily location maps plus links to satellite tracking programs
for other animals including whales, green turtles, Malaysian elephants...
Sister Schools Program Web site by the Alaska Region of the US Fish
and Wildlife Service. Tracks Arctic nesting shorebirds as they migrate
from their wintering grounds from as far south as South America, along
the Pacific flyway to their nesting grounds, using daily migration updates
from students along the route and maps. Site also has curriculum materials
and details of upcoming shorebird festivals.
Migration Website set up maintained Paul Hertzel and Rebecca Irwin
with migration maps that track shorebirds as they head back to warmer climates.
Maps are mainly based on data obtained from the RBAs.
Wings: Heading North A joint PBS and National Audubon society program
which tracked Snow Geese by satellite on their spring journey north to
Canada. Website follows the progress of a number of individual geese with
regularly updated maps. Also includes a discussion forum for kids and information
related to migration and tracking.
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