Implementing a Regional Shorebird and Waterfowl Survey and Monitoring Database

The South Atlantic Migratory Bird Initiative (SAMBI) has integrated planning efforts among several major continental bird conservation plans in the United States, seeking common goals and objectives for habitat conservation to sustain, maintain, and increase populations of migratory birds and resident birds which utilize the Atlantic Flyway. One objective common to all these bird conservation plans is the need for surveys and monitoring of bird populations. Inherent to all surveys and monitoring protocols is the requirement of data storage and management. An attempt to address this need resulted in the development of a web-based data storage and management website called the SAMBI Waterfowl and Shorebird Bird Data Page. The website provides remote data entry and region-wide display of waterfowl and shorebird survey data. Currently, waterfowl and shorebird surveys are underway on a network of wildlife management areas and National Wildlife Refuges from Virginia to Florida. In addition, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences is helping to initiate temperate, non-breeding surveys for shorebirds at new locations in this region. Following the International Shorebird Surveys (ISS) protocols, surveys at selected shorebird stop-over sites from Virginia to Florida on non-refuge and private lands will serve to expand shorebird monitoring in the region. This collaborative effort between SAMBI and the ISS is intended to meet sampling aims of the Program for Regional and International Shorebird Monitoring (PRISM). PRISM, a blueprint for surveying shorebirds in North America, is designed to meet the monitoring goals of the U.S. and Canadian Shorebird Conservation plans. Data from cooperators are posted to a website so that managers of wetlands across the region can coordinate the management of their habitat with peak shorebird movements. This network of migration stop-over sites can track suitable habitat seasonally along the entire South Atlantic Coast. As the implementation of major bird conservation plans proceeds, so does the importance of national and/or regional survey databases that provide reliable information on the distribution, abundance and population trends of birds in North America. Key words: Waterfowl, shorebirds, surveys, monitoring, website, database

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