SEANET (Seabird Ecological Assessment Network) - Powered by Anecdata.org

Occurrence
Latest version published by The Community Environmental Health Laboratory at MDI Biological Laboratory on Mar 23, 2023 The Community Environmental Health Laboratory at MDI Biological Laboratory

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Description

The Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET) was designed to bring together interdisciplinary researchers and members of the public (i.e. citizen scientists) in a long-term collaborative effort to identify and mitigate threats to seabirds (along the Northwest Atlantic seaboard). http://seanetters.wordpress.com Project goal To highlight that seabirds serve as indicators of the health of the marine ecosystem. What participants do: Walk a section of beach (at least 1 km long) 1-2X/month and record any beached (i.e. dead) seabirds. The Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET) is the only coordinated Beached Bird project on the Atlantic coast of the U.S. It was started in 2003 in Buzzard’s Bay, MA. Now, it consists of a network of volunteers from Maine to Florida. There are many global threats facing seabirds: emerging infectious diseases; interactions with fisheries; harmful algal blooms; contaminants (e.g. heavy metals, pesticides); plastics and overfishing of seabird prey items. The goals of SEANET are to: 1) bring together interdisciplinary researchers and members of the public (i.e. citizen scientists) in a long-term collaborative effort, 2) provide baseline information about bird mortality; 3) help to detect mass mortality events due to oil spills, toxins or disease outbreaks, 4) examine the spatial pattern of bird carcass deposition and how it varies across time, and 5) highlight that seabirds can serve as indicators of the marine ecosystem. The SEANET program does not require expert birding skills or travel to remote locations or specialized equipment. So what are SEANET volunteers asked to do? Read and sign a volunteer agreement, select a section of beach (at least 1 km long) that you can reliably access year-round and walk 1 or 2 times/month. SEANET will provide each volunteer a SEANET kit containing a guide, ruler, calipers, and marking tags. Each volunteer is asked to provide a digital camera (e.g. Cell phone), gloves, pencil and a clipboard. ALL REQUIRED FORMS are HEREopen_in_new: Monitoring manual, field data sheets, beach characteristics form, and the volunteer agreement. SEANET is carried out by both scientists and conservation-minded citizens. Through this program, you can participate in science and marine conservation. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/seanetters/open_in_new and http://seanetters.wordpress.comopen_in_new

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 6,635 records.

1 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

Occurrence (core)
6635
Multimedia 
6635

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.

Versions

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

D. Stanton J, Spiegel C, Anecdata.org Contributors, Disney J, Bailey C, Taylor A, Garretson A (2023). SEANET (Seabird Ecological Assessment Network) - Powered by Anecdata.org. Version 1.8. The Community Environmental Health Laboratory at MDI Biological Laboratory. Occurrence dataset. https://ipt.gbif.us/resource?r=seanet-462&v=1.8

Rights

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is The Community Environmental Health Laboratory at MDI Biological Laboratory. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY 4.0) License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: b0f9d59c-5d9b-4514-a75b-5c7fc3e6b20d.  The Community Environmental Health Laboratory at MDI Biological Laboratory publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by U.S. Geological Survey.

Keywords

Occurrence; Observation

Contacts

John D. Stanton
  • Originator
Project Administrator
Anecdata.org
Caleb Spiegel
  • Originator
Project Administrator
Anecdata.org
Anecdata.org Contributors
  • Originator
Data Contributors
Anecdata.org
Jane Disney
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Associate Professor of Environmental Health
MDI Biological Laboratory
159 Old Bar Harbor Rd.
04609 Bar Harbor
ME
US
Cait Bailey
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Systems Developer
MDI Biological Laboratory
159 Old Bar Harbor Rd.
04609 Bar Harbor
ME
US
Ashley Taylor
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Community Manager
MDI Biological Laboratory
159 Old Bar Harbor Rd.
04609 Bar Harbor
ME
US
Alexis Garretson
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • User
  • Point Of Contact
Community Environmental Health Laboratory Manager
MDI Biological Laboratory
159 Old Bar Harbor Rd.
04609 Bar Harbor
ME
US
Anecdata.org
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Anecdata.org
Community Environmental Health Laboratory
  • Point Of Contact
Community Environmental Health Laboratory
MDI Biological Laboratory
159 Old Bar Harbor Rd.
04609 Bar Harbor
ME
US

Geographic Coverage

Global coastal participation is encouraged.

Bounding Coordinates South West [26.226, -82.851], North East [44.482, 71.013]

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2002-11-30 / 2023-02-28

Project Data

Anecdata is a free online citizen science platform developed by the Community Lab at the MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. Anecdata is used by hundreds of individuals and organizations to gather and access citizen science observations and provides a platform to easily collect, manage, and share their citizen science data. How Anecdata works: Project managers create projects, creating datasheets that participants fill out to share their observations. Participants join projects and use the Anecdata website or mobile app to share their observations with the project. Project data is now available for anyone to view and download!

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The personnel involved in the project:

Cait Bailey
  • Principal Investigator
Ashley Taylor
  • Curator

Sampling Methods

Read and sign a volunteer agreement, select a section of beach (at least 1 km long) that you can reliably access year-round and walk 1 or 2 times/month. SEANET will provide each volunteer a SEANET kit containing a guide, ruler, calipers, and marking tags. Each volunteer is asked to provide a digital camera (e.g. Cell phone), gloves, pencil and a clipboard.

Study Extent Read and sign a volunteer agreement, select a section of beach (at least 1 km long) that you can reliably access year-round and walk 1 or 2 times/month. SEANET will provide each volunteer a SEANET kit containing a guide, ruler, calipers, and marking tags. Each volunteer is asked to provide a digital camera (e.g. Cell phone), gloves, pencil and a clipboard.

Method step description:

  1. Read and sign a volunteer agreement, select a section of beach (at least 1 km long) that you can reliably access year-round and walk 1 or 2 times/month. SEANET will provide each volunteer a SEANET kit containing a guide, ruler, calipers, and marking tags. Each volunteer is asked to provide a digital camera (e.g. Cell phone), gloves, pencil and a clipboard.

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers b0f9d59c-5d9b-4514-a75b-5c7fc3e6b20d
https://ipt.gbif.us/resource?r=seanet-462