Showing posts with label "Conservation". Show all posts
Showing posts with label "Conservation". Show all posts

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Best Data Management Practices Document Now Available Online

NBII Bird Conservation Node Manager Elizabeth Martín and Grant Ballard of Point Reyes Bird Observatory (PRBO) Conservation Science compiled a document on best practices and standards for data management that is now available online. The document, titled "Data Management Best Practices and Standards for Biodiversity Data Applicable to Bird Monitoring Data," provides general information from various sources and serves as a reference guide for the management of bird monitoring data. It was developed as part of the activities of the Database Management Team of the U.S. North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) Monitoring Subcommittee, and was endorsed by the U.S. NABCI Committee at their January 2010 meeting. To access the document, please visit the NABCI Web site.

(Photo: Crimson rosella (Platycercus elegans) perched in a tree. © 2009 Elizabeth A. Sellers, from the NBII LIFE gallery).

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Roan Highlands Conservation Planning Initiative: A GIS Approach for Implementing State Wildlife Action Plan Priorities

Andy Carroll, who has previously been associated with the Southern Appalachian Information Node (SAIN) through the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga, has completed a project with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and the Open Space Institute. The project was competitively selected for funding by the Wildlife Action Opportunity Fund. Southeast Regional GAP data sets were used in mapping application which is used to identify SWAP priority ecological systems. NBII is credited in the final report for hosting the public version of the mapping application. The project has led to new land acquisitions for conservation and was used to support the designation of a new North Carolina State Natural Area along the southern extent of the Roan Highlands. The final report of the project will be available for download from the SAIN website. Andy Carroll credits his previous involvement with SAIN and familiarity with GAP for the approach used in this project.

This team and a collaborative network of state wildlife action plan coordinators are submitting a proposal for developing a uniform multi-state view of SWAP priorities for the entire region.