Avian Knowledge Northwest serves as the home of bird banding data that have been archived by the Landbird Monitoring Network of the Americas (LaMNA) and Avian Knowledge Network. Much of the data residing in this banding data archive are not available through the North American Bird Banding Program or the Institute for Bird Populations Bird Populations' MAPS or MoSI programs. This data archive contains almost eight million records from over 100 cooperators in 10 countries.
Avian Knowledge Northwest offer limited data archiving services. We are maintaining an archive that preserves the entirety of the data that were originally contributed to LaMNA by data owners. We are also providing limited access to these archived data, at the request of the data owners.
Portions of the archived data can also explored on-line using the data exploration tools listed here.
Landbird Monitoring Network of the Americas (LaMNA) primary purpose was to prevent the loss of banding data that were not archived within other programs. LaMNA also supported efforts to better understand bird population dynamics at continent-wide scales though data access, visualization, and analysis.
In 2005, LaMNA began working with the Avian Knowledge Network to provide archival, curation, analysis, and access services for the bird banding community. LaMNA's efforts resulted in a substantial data archive, but much effort is still needed to ensure vulnerable banding data are protected from loss, curated, made available, and analyzed.
The detailed data collected when banding birds are among the most vulnerable to loss, in part due to variation in specifics regarding the data, including both morphometrics and information about effort. While at-risk, these banding data have also been prioritized. They document vital information needed to inform the full life-cycle conservation of migratory birds, such as demographic information essential for understanding the causes of population change.
Basic data required by the North American Bird Banding Program (e.g., location, date, species, age, and sex) for permit compliance are well archived and made available the US Bird Banding Laboratory and the Canadian Bird Banding Office. More detailed banding data contributed to the Institute for Bird Populations' MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) and MoSI (Monitoring Neotropical Migrants in Winter) programs are also well curated, archived, and made available. However, banding data that fall outside of these programs need better protection, care, and access. LaMNA began the process of archiving these data.
Now the Avian Knowledge Network will be working to maintain and improve upon the data archive, analysis, access, and exploration services that were developed by LaMNA. The Avian Knowledge Northwest node is now offering a limited set of these services.
Avian Knowledge Northwest is accepting new data contributions for archive on a limited basis. Many database formats are acceptable and must be accompanied by meta-data including data collection protocol, data code definitions, geo-location, and data access permission level.