The following are some examples of the tools and resources in the AKN that researchers and universities might use to answer some common questions:
I would like to get baseline population estimates and information regarding where species occur in a region of interest.
Partner’s in Flight Species Assessment Database – This database provides global and regional conservation assessments of each bird species that, among other uses, can be used to objectively assign regional and continental conservation priorities among birds. Currently, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies maintains PIF species assessment data on all bird species in the U.S. Canada, and Mexico.
Partner’s in Flight Landbird Population Estimation Database – This database aims to: (1) provide users access to the estimates of landbird populations published in the North American Landbird Conservation Plan (Rich et al. 2004), which were based mainly on Breeding Bird Survey data from the 1990s: (2) allow users to view and download estimates for landbird populations at a variety of geographic scales, and (3) provide transparent access to the methodologies, assumptions, data sources, and species-specific correction factors used by Partners in Flight to create these estimates.
I have bird survey data that I collect (or plan to collect) for decision-making or research purposes, and I need a place to house it that is secure and also facilitates data analysis, data aggregation with other datasets, or data sharing with others.
Data owners that collect (or are planning on collecting) bird survey data using a standardized data collection protocol can look into storing and maintaining their data in the AKN. There are many benefits to doing this since project owners are automatically given access to analyst tools that will allow them to view patterns and trends in their data. They will also have the ability, if desired, to share their data more publicly in tools like the AKN Phenology Tool, IPaC and Observations map to help make those tool results more robust, and help the rest of the bird conservation community! For already existing datasets, you can look into developing an API or Bulk Uploading your data. If your project is just getting under way, or once you bulk upload your existing dataset, you’d like to grow and maintain your dataset by entering data manually into the AKN interface, you can use the Project Leader toolset. Once your dataset is in AKN, adjusting sharing levels on data allows those data to be used in tool results like Phenology Tool, IPaC and the Observations Map. To get more information on how to enter your data into the AKN, see the information on the Upload, Enter and Manage Your Data webpage of the AKN.