A massive, multi-year effort to locate missing Migratory Bird Survey (MNROC) reports from the United States and Canada has produced one huge finding.
The latest batch of data on the MNRO is being released to the public.
The first batch of MNROP reports was released by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on April 20.
This is the first time a full year’s worth of data has been released.
More than 1.2 million MNROS reports were compiled by NMFS between 2000 and 2018, which included more than 12,000 MNROs in Great Lakes states.
“These reports provide an important snapshot of the diversity of birds that make their way through the Great Lake Basin each spring and fall,” said Karen Bowers, deputy chief scientist for the NOAA Migrating Bird Unit at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC).
“This data sets a baseline for the future, so we can better plan for the potential impacts of climate change, invasive species, and other environmental challenges.”
Bowers and NOAA’s Paul Johnson were the authors of the release.
In a press release, NOAA said it has compiled “over 2 million MNS reports in the Great Northern and Great Lakes Regions” and has “analyzed more than 1,200,000 total MNROV reports since 2000.”
More on MNROMing Bird: The data is available online at the NOAA website and can be accessed by clicking here.
MNRO maps can be viewed by clicking on the map icon on the right side of the screen.
Read more about MNROPS here: National Marine Fisheries Services releases new MNRPO data for 2018.
National Wildlife Research Centers, NOAA release MNRRO map of Great Lakes.
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