Resources related to Surveys

NatureServe - A Network Connecting Science with Conservation

NatureServe is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to providing the scientific basis for effective conservation action and a member of the IUCN Red List Partnership. Through its network of 81 natural heritage programs and conservation data centers in the United States, Canada, and Latin America, NatureServe provides a unique body of detailed scientific information and conservation biodiversity expertise about the plants, animals, and ecosystems of the Americas. Learn more at

Atlantic Flyway Sea Duck Survey

The Atlantic Flyway Sea Duck Survey, conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was established in 1991 to record sea duck numbers using near shore (within 700 m of shore) habitats from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to Jacksonville, Florida. Existing breeding population surveys for North American waterfowl do not cover the core ranges of about half of North American sea duck species. Many species of North American sea ducks breed across vast Arctic regions that are difficult and costly to survey.

North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS)

The BBS is a long-term, large-scale, international avian monitoring program initiated in 1966 to track the status and trends of North American bird populations. Each year during the height of the avian breeding season, (June), thousands of dedicated participants skilled in avian identification follow a rigorous protocol, to collect bird population data along 4100 roadside survey routes located across the continental U.S. and Canada. Trend estimates and all raw data are currently available for more than 420 bird species.

Bird Point Count Database

The Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (PWRC) and American Bird Conservancy (ABC) have been working together to build a repository for storing Partners in Flight point count data as well as other point count datasets. The web-based Bird Point Count Database is now ready for use by anyone conducting monitoring programs using point counts. This includes bird point count data collected using standard protocols anywhere in North America (U.S., Canada, and U.S. Territories).

Alaska ShoreZone Coastal Habitat Mapping and Imagery

The ShoreZone mapping system has been in use since the early 1980s and has been applied to more than 40,000 km of shoreline in Washington and British Columbia (Berry et al 2004; Howes 2001). Through partnerships with other agencies and organizations, portions of southeastern and central Alaska have been imaged and mapped. This project is funded by NOAA and a number of other agencies and organizations as listed below.

Birding in the United States: A Demographic and Economic Analysis

This 2009 report provides up-to date information so policy makers can make informed decisions regarding
the management of birds and their habitats. With a total annual Output of $82 Billion this constituency of
48 miilion bird observers can aid bird conservation.
Birders 47,693,000
Total Expenditures $35,727,724,000
Total Output $82,176,751,000
Jobs 671,000
Employment Income $27,695,934,000

Breeding Population Survey 1955-2010 - graphed Goldeneyes 1-12

The graph for goldeneyes on strata 8-11 (Alaskan tundra) does display an apparant decline from about 1967 to about 1990. There needs to be caution in interpretation of these data. Goldeneyes are very difficult to detect and identify on the breeding pair survey. Very few observations are made, which inherently causes observers to be reluctant to place an observation in the goldeneye category unless the sighting was close and in good lighting.