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eBird data support conservation actions in Pennsylvania

rufa Red Knot, by Tom Johnson, a Pennsylvania native

Every observation you submit to eBird is valuable, and with roughly 400 million records gathered so far, eBird has grown into one of the premier information sources on bird occurrence and abundance around the world. Pennsylvania is one of the most active states for eBird entries.  Importantly, eBird data are curated, managed, and made freely available for education, research, and conservation use, and tens of thousands of people download eBird data each year. But how are these data actually being used out there in the real world? A recently published paper in the journal Biological Conservation examines this question, and highlights how eBird data are being used in a broad array of conservation applications around the world. The effort you put into collecting data on birds is truly making a difference! These data directly assist several projects and inform both wildlife agencies and conservation organizations in their quests to make the world better for birds. Thank you. Read on to find out more, or jump straight to the article here.

The journal Biological Conservation has given open access to this article until 18 May 2017. To read the full article visit this URL, and please share it broadly!

https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Unus1R~e3CLv

After 18 May 2017, the article can be found at this DOI:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.04.031

Male Golden-winged Warbler. Photo by Jake Dingel, PA Game Commission

The Pennsylvania eBird portal often has addressed conservation issues here in the Keystone state. We very much appreciate eBird data that contribute to our Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) featured in the state’s Wildlife Action Plan. Some of the species on the SGCN list are Golden-winged Warbler, Rusty Blackbird, Cerulean Warbler, Northern Harrier (state Threatened), American Bittern and other wetland birds, Scarlet Tanager, and many more. For more information about the Wildlife Action Plan, please see: http://www.pgc.pa.gov/Wildlife/WildlifeActionPlan/Pages/default.aspx

Rusty Blackbird in a marsh by the International Rusty Blackbird Working Group

Many of these species also are priorities for the Partners in Flight Conservation Plan. For more information about this plan, please see: https://www.partnersinflight.org/resources/the-plan/

Scarlet Tanager is a spectacular but common nesting bird, by Jake Dingel.

The data submitted for the state parks, state forests, game lands, private reserves, and Important Bird Areas all help us better manage and protect those properties. Thank you for your contributions.

The eBird Team at Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology

And Doug Gross of the Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Diversity Section