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USGS Bird Banding Laboratory

Bird banding is a universal and indispensable technique for studying the movement, survival and behavior of birds. On average, over the past decade, the BBL received 1.2 million banding and 87,000 encounter records per year. If you are interested in receiving banding and/or encounter records, please send a request to the Bird Banding Lab.

USGS Bird Banding Lab


eBIRD is a program administered at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in partnership with the National Audubon Society. The goal of the program is to quantify and track the year-round distribution and abundance of bird species through checklist data.

Data are collected by professional and recreational bird watchers and filtered by local experts and professionals. The eBird database is growing rapidly, and currently contains over 600,000 observations from over 100,000 locations in the U.S., as well as data from over 200 countries worldwide.

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Avian Knowledge Network

The Avian Knowledge Network (AKN) is an international organization of government and non-government institutions focused on understanding the patterns and dynamics of bird populations across the Western Hemisphere.

The goal is to educate the public on the dynamics of bird populations, provide interactive decision-making tools for land managers, make available a data resource for scientific research, and advance new exploratory analysis techniques to study bird populations. The AKN provides data to international biodiversity data systems such as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility and DataOne.

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Movebank is a free, online database of animal tracking data that helps animal tracking researchers to manage, share, protect, analyze, and archive their data. Movebank is an international project that has over a thousand users, including people from research and conservation groups around the world. Movebank was developed by MCP Scientific Committee Members Martin Wikelski and Roland Kays,


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