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The State of the Birds 2011

Reveals Critical Importance of Public Land

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and partners launched the 2011 State of the Birds website on May 3. This groundbreaking report used eBird data to determine the distribution of birds on public lands and waters. More than one-third of land in the U.S., and all coastal water is owned by the American people, yet until now the importance of these public lands and waters to our nation's birds had not been quantified. For the first time, eBird data revealed that public lands support more than half of the U.S. distribution of more than 300 bird species!

The report shows the tremendous importance of public lands for bird conservation and identifies the most important opportunities for public land agencies. 

The State of the Birds report is an example of how the Cornell Lab partners with bird watchers, academic institutions, conservation organizations, and government agencies to gather, analyze, interpret, and disseminate scientific data for conservation. 
Support from the National Science Foundation, Leon Levy Foundation, and Wolf Creek Foundation, and by the generosity of members and supporters of the Cornell Lab made possible the analysis.We invite you to explore summaries about the birds in each habitat and more than 200 maps of individual species. These maps were created using more than 70,000 hours of supercomputer time on the National Science Foundation's Teragrid to analyze 600,000 eBird checklists and environmental data. See: http://www.stateofthebirds.org See also:

New Cornell Lab Bird Q&A App

Our new app features more than 100 answers to bird questions, plus photos, sounds, and quizzes. Have fun while exploring categories such as "Fact or Fiction, "Nests & Eggs," or "Bird Songs." $2.99.

4th July 2014