Colonial Waterbird Inventory and Monitoring Program
Entry ID: BRDPWRC0008

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Abstract: Since the demise of the Colonial Bird Register at Cornell University, no
national colonial waterbird population database currently exists. Planning is
underway (both in USGS, Biological Resources Division and the US Fish &
Wildlife Service (FWS)) to develop a monitoring program. Feedback on a data
form has been solicited from a number of states and many have responded. We ... View entire text

Purpose: 1. Regulatory agencies need to have data on colony or roost site locations
and feeding areas to assist them in making decisions about protection and/or
2. State, Federal, and NGO groups need to know status and trends of selected
populations of waterbirds at local, regional, and national scales.
3. Waterbird monitoring may provide useful "bioindication" of changes in
wetland habitats over time
4. Waterbirds are an important recreational resource (e.g. bird watchers)
are often used as symbols for conservation (e.g., National Audubon Society
logo, Maryland's Chesapeake Bay commemorative license plate). Thus, their
status is often quite conspicuous.
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 50.0   S: 25.0   E: -65.0   W: -100.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Inventory and Monitoring Biological Resources Division U.S. Geological Survey ;
Dataset Title: Colonial Waterbird Inventory and Monitoring Program
Dataset Release Date: 1997
Dataset Release Place: Laurel, MD
Dataset Publisher: Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, USGS
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Quality Quality control is the responsibility of the State.
Contact Brett Hoover for state contacts
Data Set Progress
Originating Center
Data Center
Colonial Waterbird, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Biological Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: (301) 497-5819
Fax: (301) 497-5784
Email: brett_hoover at
Contact Address:
12100 Beech Forest Road
City: Laurel
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20708-4038
Country: USA
Phone: (804) 924-3207
Phone: (804) 924-7761
Fax: (804) 982-2137
Email: rme5g at
Contact Address:
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Biological Resources Division
U.S. Geological Survey
12100 Beech Forest Drive
City: Laurel
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20708-4038
Country: USA
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Citation Information:
Originator: McCrimmon, D.A.
Publication Date: 1978
Title:Collection management and exchange of info. on colonially nesting birds
Edition: pages 187-196
Larger Work Citation:
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 1998-11-04
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-01-21
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