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Toolik Field Station Avian Point Count Data
Entry ID: Toolik_Bird_Point_Counts

Abstract: A long-term bird monitoring program was established at the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska in 2008. We conduct weekly avian point-count surveys near the field station during the breeding season (late May to late July). We use the protocol developed by the Alaska Landbird Monitoring Survey to detect bird species by sound and sight and estimate the radial distance to the birds at nineteen points along four transect routes during 10-minute periods.

Purpose: We conduct the avian point counts to monitor bird presence in the Toolik Field Station vicinity and to arrive at density estimates for common species in the area.
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Description: Toolik Field Station's Environmental Data Center (EDC) conducted these surveys and maintains the dataset.
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 68.64   S: 68.59   E: -149.56   W: -149.61
Min Altitude: 700 M Max Altitude: 720 M

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Seth Beaudreault
Dataset Title: Toolik Field Station Bird Point Counts
Dataset Release Date: September 2013
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2008-06-01
Stop Date: 2013-06-15
Paleo Temporal Coverage
Data Resolution
Temporal Resolution: weekly
Temporal Resolution Range: Weekly - < Monthly
ISO Topic Category
Quality Periodic distance-estimating exercises were conducted throughout the field season with a rangefinder/GPS, and species identification was studied and confirmed before and during the sampling period.
Access Constraints Open access.
Use Constraints Contact Brie Van Dam ( for use of the data set.
Data Set Progress
Data Center
Institute of Arctic Biology, Biology & Wildlife, University of Alaska Fairbanks Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: 907-474-7550
Fax: 907 474-5513
Email: bvandam at
Contact Address:
900 Yukon Dr. BLDG T-4
City: Fairbanks
Province or State: Alaska
Postal Code: 99775
Country: USA
Email: sethbeaudreault at
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2011-09-10
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24