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DWH NRDA Colonial, Marsh, and Shorebird Status Assessment

Metadata Updated: October 29, 2023

Deepwater Horizon Bird Studies #3, 4, and 5 each had two primary components: 1) to estimate the proportion of visibly oiled birds via observational surveys and 2) to estimate the mortality rates of both oiled and unoiled adult birds using satellite and/or radio telemetry. This dataset contains information collected pursuant to the second objective. This dataset contains information on the behavior of birds captured for tracking. The capture and assessment field data were collected in 2010 and 2011 by the Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI, Portland, Maine, for Bird Studies #3 and 4) and the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, Plymouth, Massachusetts (for Bird Study #5). Individuals of the focal species were captured in both oiled (“impacted”) areas and non-oiled (“reference”) areas. Focal species included secretive marsh birds such as clapper rails and seaside sparrows; colonial waterbirds such as black skimmers, great egrets, and brown pelicans; and non-breeding shorebirds represented by American oystercatchers. While the birds were in the custody of BRI and Manomet study personnel, additional data were collected on their behavior and activity during capture such as breathing and attitude (contained in this dataset). ID numbers were recorded for any satellite or radio telemetry equipment that was attached to the birds prior to their release. These unique ID numbers were recorded in the “GPS ID” field of the Avian Capture dataset and the “PTT_ID” field of the telemetry dataset. Records pertaining to the same bird can be identified in each dataset using the corresponding ID values. Additional details on the American oyster catcher methodologies, data entry and review process are available in the January 2012 “Deepwater Horizon/Mississippi Canyon 252 NRDA Bird Study #5: Non-breeding Shorebirds QA/QC Notebook” produced by Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences (Appendix F of the Verification and Validation Report for this dataset).

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Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: No license information was provided. If this work was prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties it is considered a U.S. Government Work.

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Metadata Created Date June 1, 2023
Metadata Updated Date October 29, 2023

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Created Date June 1, 2023
Metadata Updated Date October 29, 2023
Publisher U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Identifier FWS_ServCat_103244
Data First Published 2011-10-08T12:00:00Z
Data Last Modified 2011-10-08
Category Generic Dataset
Public Access Level public
Bureau Code 010:18
Metadata Context
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Data Quality True
Harvest Object Id 1e4e260f-eb05-4dc5-8041-100f68e80d4c
Harvest Source Id 52bfcc16-6e15-478f-809a-b1bc76f1aeda
Harvest Source Title DOI EDI
Homepage URL
Program Code 010:028, 010:094
Publisher Hierarchy White House > U.S. Department of the Interior > U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Source Hash 98404ebee7f3db9e20e4dd2639ae0b47a6ab11c0a3f24e4ac0b61dbf4c21d4c6
Source Schema Version 1.1
Temporal 2010-07-26T12:00:00Z/2011-10-08T12:00:00Z

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