North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS)
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Summary
Abstract: The North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), which is coordinated by
the Biological Resources Division and Canadian Wildlife Service, is a
primary source of population trend and distribution information for
most species of North American birds. The BBS was initiated during
1966 by Chan Robbins and his associates at the Patuxent Wildlife
Research Center to monitor the populations of all breeding ... View entire text

Purpose: In the 1960's, chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides and similar poisons
were widely used to control insect populations. Pesticide spraying
not only killed insects but also killed birds, raising serious
concerns over its effects on bird population trends. Unfortunately,
no long-term regional or continental population data were available
for most bird species, making it difficult for birders to ... View entire text
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 75.0   S: 20.0   E: -50.0   W: -165.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Biological Resources Division U.S. Geological Survey ;
Dataset Title: North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS)
Dataset Release Date: 1997
Dataset Release Place: Laurel, MD
Dataset Publisher: Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, BRD, USGS.
Online Resource: http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBS/
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1966-01-01
ISO Topic Category
Quality In the early years, the data set had 500-600 routes. There are now more
than 3000 routes. These routes are checked manually and computer
edits performed. However, when there were only 500 routes, this was
easier to accomplish. The computer performs edits for computational
errors, species range errors. Print outs are sent back to original
observer to verify.
Access Constraints Contact Bruce Peterjohn of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Breeding Bird Office to acquire raw data. All of the trend information
can be retrieved from BBS web site: http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBS/
Use Constraints None
Data Set Progress
COMPLETE
Originating Center
Data Center
North American Breeding Bird Survey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Biological Resources Division, USGS, U.S. Department of the Interior Supplemental Info
Data Center URL: http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBS/

Data Center Personnel
Name: BRUCE PETERJOHN
Phone: 301-497-5841
Fax: 301-497-5784
Email: bruce_peterjohn at nbs.gov
Contact Address:
Bird Breeding Survey
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Biological Resources Division
U.S. Geological Survey
12100 Beech Forest Road
City: Laurel
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20708
Country: USA
Personnel
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 301-497-5841
Fax: 301-497-5784
Email: bruce_peterjohn at nbs.gov
Contact Address:
Bird Breeding Survey
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Biological Resources Division
U.S. Geological Survey
12100 Beech Forest Road
City: Laurel
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20708
Country: USA
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Publications/References
Citation Information:
Originator: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Department of the Interior
Publication Date: 1966-1990
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Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-10-18
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