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Breeding Bird Census
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Abstract: Recognizing the importance of long-term studies for improving our understanding
of changes in distribution and abundance patterns of avian communities, the
former U.S. Bureau of Biological Survey initiated the concept of a Breeding
Bird Census (BBC) in 1914. These censuses were initially administered by the
Biological Survey into the 1920's. Between 1937- 1984, the National Audubon
Society ... View entire text

Purpose: The Breeding Bird Census program is based on individual study plots established
within a single habitat type. Standardized methods are followed to collect data
on the avian and vegetative communities. Over a period of years, these data
provide insight into the changes occurring in the breeding avifaunas within
these communities. An under-utilized database, the full potential of the BBC
remains to ... View entire text
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Description: PWRC's Bird page.
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 70.0   S: 10.0   E: -50.0   W: -170.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: James Lowe Association of Field Ornithologists;
Dataset Title: Breeding Bird Census
Dataset Release Date: 1997
Dataset Publisher: PWRC, BRD, USGS
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1914-01-01
Stop Date: 1997-01-01
ISO Topic Category
Quality Data is collected by volunteers of various abilities, so no warranty is
expressed or implied regarding the accuracy or utility of the data on any
system or for general or scientific purposes.
Access Constraints none
Use Constraints None
Data Set Progress
Originating Center
Data Center
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: (607) 254-2413
Fax: (607) 254-2415
Email: jdl6 at
Contact Address:
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
City: Ithaca
Province or State: New York
Postal Code: 14850
Country: USA
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Citation Information:
Originator: Robbins, C.S.
Publication Date: 1970
Title: Recommendations for an international standard for a mapping
method in bird census work
Series Information:
Series Name: Aud. Field Notes
Issue Identification: 24
Other Citation Details:
pp. 723-726
Citation Information:
Originator: Williams, A.B.
Publication Date: 1936

Title: The composition and dynamics of a beech-maple climax community.
Series Information:
Series Name: Ecol. Monogr.
Issue Identification: 6
Other Citation Details:
pp. 317-408
Methodology Citation Information:
Series Information:
Series Name: Aud. Field Notes
Issue Identification: 24
Methodology Citation Information:
Series Information:
Series Name: Ecol. Monogr.
Issue Identification: 6
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Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18
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