Breeding Bird Survey to Develop Species Distribution Models

Breeding Bird Survey to Develop Species Distribution Models


Conservation planning for birds is increasingly focused on landscapes.  However, little spatially explicit information is available to guide landscape-level conservation planning for many species of birds. The HAPET Office uses georeferenced Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) data in conjunction with landcover information to develop spatially explicit habitat models predicting the occurrence or density of many species of priority birds in the U.S. PPR. Spatially explicit maps developed from BBS data are used, along with other resources, to guide acquisition of wetland and grassland easements for conservation of migratory birds in the PPJV administrative area.

Partners: United States Geological Survey, Region 6 HAPET, numerous volunteers