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Seabird Colony Registry and Atlas for the Southeastern United States

Documentation for the Seabird Colony Registry and Atlas for the Southeastern United States


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Ferguson, L.M., Y.G. Satgé, J. Tavano, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2018. Seabird colony registry and atlas for the Southeastern United States. Final Report for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Clemson, South Carolina. DOI: 10.5066/P96DIUD8.


The Seabird Colony Registry (data) and Atlas (spatial inventory) for the southeastern US compiles the locations, estimates of nesting populations, and attributes of seabird colonies, from the northern border of South Carolina to approximately Cape Canaveral, Florida from 2003-2017. The documentaion available here is a companion to the registry and atlas: it provides background information and objectives, geographical extent, time frame, methofs for data collection and compilation, and instructions on the use of the Atlas. The documentation also lists product limitations and disclaimers.


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SE Seabird Atlas_June_2018_Final.pdf 1.99 MB application/pdf


This colony registry and atlas was created to fill a void for an updated and integrated regional repository. It is primarily intended to provide a tool that can be used in conservation planning for seabird populations that utilize the coast in this region. We developed this product for local, state, and federal resource managers to aid in the development of regional conservation and management plans, to enhance our understanding of species phenology and distribution, and to evaluate important bird use areas. The Atlas may aid research scientists in the selection of study sites, the development of long-term monitoring plans, or assessing nest site fidelity. Ultimately, these data are needed by federal and state land managers who collectively are responsible for the management of the majority of the known seabird resources in the southeastern US.


The South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is jointly supported by the US Geological Survey, South Carolina DNR and Clemson University. Any use of trade, firm or product names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the US Government.


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DOI doi:10.5066/P96DIUD8

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