USGS PWRC - Bird Banding Lab - US 10min Block - 1960-2010

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5 October 2016
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The Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) was established in 1920 to coordinate bird banding activities occurring in the United States and its Territories, a consequence of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act between the United States and Great Britain that was ratified in 1918. Originally a program within the US Biological Survey, it was also associated with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and National Biological Service before being transferred to the USGS in 1996. Among its many responsibilities, the BBL maintains the bird banding data collected in the United States and its Territories and every report of birds banded in the US that are encountered anywhere in the world. Computerization of the banding records was initiated in 1960 and the BBL annually processes approximately one million new banding records from the US. Banding data are essential for managing harvested migratory bird populations across North America. These data also provide a historical source of information on the status and distribution of birds in the United States and have greatly expanded our knowledge of bird migration patterns across this hemisphere. USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (PWRC). This dataset shows species distributions using centroids of 10min blocks.


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occurrence; birds; banding; monitoring; natural resources; North American species; migration; tagging; waterfowl; Observation


Margarita Malorodova
  • Originator
IT Specialist
United States Geological Survey (USGS) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (PWRC)
Bird Banding Laboratory, 12100 Beech Forest Road
20708-4037 Laurel
+1 (301) 497-5824
Elaine Nakash
  • Metadata Provider
Biological Technician
12100 Beech Forest Rd
20708 Laurel City
Bruce Peterjohn
  • Owner
Project Chief
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
12100 Beech Forest Dr.
20708-4038 Laurel
+1 301-497-5646
Bruce Peterjohn
  • Owner
Chief Bird Banding Laboratory
12100 Beech Forest Rd
20708 Laurel City

Geographic Coverage

United States and US territories, primarily western hemisphere. The provided bounding box is not precise.

Bounding Coordinates South West [17.28, -165.94], North East [71.14, -65.7]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Class Aves (Birds [English], oiseaux [French])

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1960-01-01 / 2010-12-31

Project Data

No Description available

Title Bird Banding Lab - U.S. 10min Block - 1960-2010
Funding USGS, USFWS.

The personnel involved in the project:

Bruce Peterjohn
  • Principal Investigator