USGS PWRC - Colonial Waterbirds - US

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31 August 2016
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This is an ongoing data product of a continental network of collaborators who agree to and implement comparable population monitoring techniques and contribute to a centrally managed waterbird database. This continent-wide waterbird monitoring partnership coordinated by the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and the USFWS Division of Migratory Bird Management. This dataset is made possible by the participation of monitoring partners throughout the Americas, who conduct surveys of waterbirds and voluntarily contribute their data to this centralized location. It contains data from the coastal surveys conducted in the mid 1990s from Maine to Georgia, funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, in addition to information published in a number of colonial waterbird atlases in the United States and Canada as long ago as 1895. In addition, data from the Cornell Waterbird Register and some of the US Fish and Wildlife Service-sponsored Great Lakes waterbird surveys have also been captured.


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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

USGS. 2015. Colonial Waterbirds Partnership.


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Metadata; seabirds; auks; albatrosses; storm-petrels; frigate birds; coastal waterbirds; gulls; terns; pelicans; cormorants; wading birds; herons; ibises; storks; marshbirds; loons; grebes; bitterns; rails; cranes


Shannon Beliew
  • Originator
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
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Annie Simpson
  • Metadata Provider
Biologist and Information Scientist
USGS Core Science Analytics Synthesis and Libraries Program
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Bruce Peterjohn
  • Point Of Contact
Wildlife Biologist
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
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R. Michael Erwin
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Geographic Coverage

The bounding box is approximate; occurrences on Aleutian Islands make it virtually all of the northern hemisphere.

Bounding Coordinates South West [25.35, -179], North East [70, 179]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Family Gaviidae, Podicipedidae, Diomedeidae, Procellariidae, Hydrobatidae, Phaethontidae, Sulidae, Pelecanidae, Phalacrocoracidae, Fregatidae, Ardeidae, Threskiornithidae, Ciconiidae, Phoenicopteridae, Rallidae, Aramidae, Gruidae, Laridae, Alcidae, Anhingidae

Temporal Coverage

Living Time Period 1885 - present

Project Data

No Description available

Title US Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research Center - Colonial Waterbirds
Funding USGS and USFWS
Study Area Description As described in the North American Waterbird Conservation Plan at

The personnel involved in the project:

Bruce Peterjohn
  • Point Of Contact

Sampling Methods


Study Extent See:

Method step description:

  1. See:

Collection Data

Collection Name Colonial Waterbirds
Collection Identifier
Parent Collection Identifier not applicable

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Parsons, Katharine and Corey Wisneski. 2000. Annotated Bibliography for North American Colonial Waterbird Conservation. Manomet Center for the Conservation Sciences, Manomet, Massachusetts.

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