About AKNW

Avian Knowledge Northwest (AKNW) is a regional node of the Avian Knowledge Network (AKN) that provides information on birds and the environment for scientists, natural resource managers, and other individuals interested in conservation science in the northwest. Our vision is that Avian Knowledge Northwest will become the region's leading avian information decision support system for professionals engaged in bird conservation and natural resource management, thereby advancing bird and habitat conservation through the efficient delivery of current and comprehensive information. Avian Knowledge Northwest is hosted by the Klamath Bird Observatory in partnership with Point Blue Conservation Science.

What is the AKN

AKN Vision: A world where bird populations thrive through conservation and management informed by a network of avian knowledge.

AKN Mission: To accomplish our vision, the AKN supports a network of people, data, and technology to improve bird conservation, management, and research across organizational boundaries and spatial scales. 

The AKN community is comprised of a variety of individuals, ranging from citizen scientists to conservation biologists, computer programmers, non-governmental organizations, state/federal agencies, and private corporations and businesses.  They can range from people who wish to contribute their data for the greater cause of bird conservation, graduate students managing data online, researchers requesting data for larger analyses, and decision-makers who wish to use the best available bird science in their daily work.The AKN community is comprised of a variety of individuals, ranging from citizen scientists to conservation biologists, computer programmers, non-governmental organizations, state/federal agencies, and private corporations and businesses. 


The AKN is built out to handle a variety of protocols, ranging from area searches, checklists, point counts, call playback surveys, and even aerial surveys by plane. The AKN continue to expand data schema and protocol library as more users join the system.

What is a node

An AKN Node is an online data and resource portal designed to preserve, discover, deliver, and summarize information for particular bird conservation needs and objectives. The AKN is comprised by a network of nodes.

There are currently 10 nodes that are operational or underway, each designed for a specific geography or theme. The specific focus of each node is determined by node sponsors and partners.  Nodes are also decision supports systems, where people interact with data and tools to make better decisions.