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Office of Response and Restoration, 2022: Georgia 2015 ESI BIRD Polygons, Points, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/55537.

Item Identification

Title: Georgia 2015 ESI BIRD Polygons, Points
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2015
Abstract:

This feature class resides within the BIOLOGY Feature Data Set of the Georgia - 2015 ESI Geodatabase. It contains sensitive biological resource data for wading birds, shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, diving birds, seabirds, passerine birds, and gulls and terns in Georgia. Vector polygons in this data set represent bird nesting, migratory staging, and wintering sites. Vector points in this data set represent wading bird and wood stork (federally threatened, state endangered) colonies. Species specific abundance, seasonality, status, life history, and source information are stored in relational data tables (described below) designed to be used in conjunction with this spatial data layer. This data set comprises a portion of the ESI data for Georgia. ESI data characterize the marine and coastal environments and wildlife by their sensitivity to spilled oil. The ESI data include information for three main components: shoreline habitats, sensitive biological resources, and human-use resources.

Purpose:

The ESI data were collected, mapped, and digitized to provide environmental data for oil spill planning and response. The Clean Water Act with amendments by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 requires response plans for immediate and effective protection of sensitive resources.

Notes:

1769

Other Citation Details:

Prepared by Research Planning, Inc., Columbia, South Carolina for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service, Office of Response and Restoration, Emergency Response Division, Seattle, Washington.

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > BIRDS
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
EARTH SCIENCE > HUMAN DIMENSIONS > ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS > OIL SPILLS
UNCONTROLLED
ISO 19115 Topic Category biota
ISO 19115 Topic Category environment
None Coastal resources
None Coastal Zone Management
None Environmental Monitoring
None ESI
None Oil spill planning
None Sensitivity maps

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > GEORGIA

Physical Location

Organization: Office of Response and Restoration
City: Seattle
State/Province: WA
Country: USA

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Data Set Type: GIS Files
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Maintenance Note:

Data content is considered static once published. However, if issues with the Geodatabase linkages or table contents are identified, the Geodatabase and/or the associated Map Document may be updated. Assure most current data is being used by downloading from https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi_download and/or comparing modification dates provided at this site.

Data Presentation Form: Map (digital)
Entity Attribute Overview:

The primary attribute tables associated with the ESI biology data are BIOFILE, SOURCES, and BREED_DT. The geographic data layer containing biological resource information (in this case, BIRDS and BIRDSPT) is linked to the BIOFILE using the RARNUM field. There is a many-to-many relationship from the data layer to the BIOFILE, as an RARNUM may be repeated in several geographic features. Likewise, in the BIOFILE, the same RARNUM may appear in multiple records, representing a unique combination of species found in that region. To be represented by the same RARNUM, these species groups must also share the same seasonality, concentration, mapping qualifier, and source information.

The items in the BIOFILE are ELEMENT, SUBELEMENT, NAME, GEN_SPEC, S, F, STATE, S_DATE, F_DATE, GRANK, GRANKDATE, MAPPING_QUALIFIER, CONC, JAN, FEB, MAR, APR, MAY, JUN, JUL, AUG, SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC, BREED1, BREED2, BREED3, BREED4, BREED5, RARNUM, G_SOURCE, S_SOURCE, and BREED. The G_SOURCE and S_SOURCE fields provide links to the SOURCES table, where object level source information is available. The BREED field is the link to the BREED_DT table, where searchable breed information is provided. The links to both of these tables are also many-to-many.

During the collection of the ESI data, six relational data tables are used to store the attribute data. These are the BIORES, BREED, SEASONAL, SOURCES, SPECIES, and STATUS tables. When we create new ESI data, we populate these tables to maintain the integrity of the data collected. Once completed, all information populating these tables is collapsed into the BIOFILE to ease data queries and general usability of the final product.

Entity Attribute Detail Citation:

NOAA ESI Guidelines

Entity Attribute Detail URL: https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi_guidelines
Distribution Liability:

Although these data have been processed and used successfully on a computer system at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by NOAA regarding the utility of the data on any other system, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. NOAA warrants the delivery of this product in computer-readable format, and will offer a replacement copy of the product when the product is determined unreadable by computer input peripherals, or when the physical medium is delivered in damaged condition.

Data Set Credit: This project was supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R), Emergency Response Division (ERD), Seattle, Washington.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 822205
Date Effective From: 2015-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): ESI Program Manager
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

Distributor

CC ID: 822207
Date Effective From: 2015-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Office of Response and Restoration (ORR)
Address: 1305 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
URL: http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 822208
Date Effective From: 2015-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): ESI Program Manager
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

Point of Contact

CC ID: 822206
Date Effective From: 2015-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): ESI Program Manager
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

Extents

Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 822478
W° Bound: -81.8341
E° Bound: -80.62
N° Bound: 32.3516
S° Bound: 30.66
Description

This reflects the extent of all land and water features included in the overall Georgia ESI study region. The bounding box for this particular feature class may vary depending on occurrences identified and mapped.

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 822479
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2014
End: 2015
Description:

Time Frame Range starts with ESI Project Start Year, and ends with ESI Atlas Publication Year.

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes
Text / Table: Yes

Vector Representation 1

CC ID: 822218
Topology Level: Geometry Only
Complex Object Present?: Yes
Complex Object Count: 6063
Point Object Present?: Yes
Point Object Count: 52

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Procedure:

Data can be accessed by downloading the zipped ArcGIS geodatabase from the Download URL (see Distribution Information). Questions can be directed to the ESI Program Manager (Point Of Contact).

Data Access Constraints:

None

Data Use Constraints:

DO NOT USE MAPS FOR NAVIGATIONAL PURPOSES. Management boundaries are not to be considered legal boundaries. Edges may have been altered for cartographic processes. Note that the ESI database should not be used to the exclusion of other pertinent data or information held by state or federal agencies or other organizations. Likewise, information contained in the database cannot be used in place of consultations with environmental, natural resource, and cultural resource agencies, or in place of field surveys. Recognize that the information contained in the ESI database represents known concentration areas or occurrences of natural, cultural, and human-use resources, but does not necessarily represent the full distribution or range of each species or resource. This is particularly important to recognize when considering potential impacts to protected resources, such as endangered species, wetlands, etc. Concentrations derived from USFWS mid-winter waterfowl survey counts represent a \x93snapshot\x94 of wintering waterfowl numbers in January and may not accurately capture a particular species\x92 peak numbers from earlier or later periods of its migration. Besides the above warnings, there are no use constraints on these data. Acknowledgment of the originators, publishers, contributors, and sources listed would be appreciated in products derived from these data.

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 822480
Start Date: 2015
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi_download
Distributor: Office of Response and Restoration (ORR) (2015-06 - Present)
File Name: Georgia_2015_GDB.zip
Description:

This feature class is part of the downloadable Esri Arc Geodatabase.

File Date/Time: 2016-09-12 00:00:00
File Type: Arc Geodatabase
File Size: 129 MB
Compression: Zip

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 822209
URL: https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi
Name: ESI Overview
URL Type:
Online Resource
File Resource Format: html
Description:

Overview of ESI data content and uses.

URL 2

CC ID: 822481
URL: https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi_guidelines
Name: ESI Guidelines
URL Type:
Online Resource
File Resource Format: pdf
Description:

Guidelines for developing ESI data content and overview of ESI data structure. Useful for data collectors and users requiring more in depth information on the ESI process.

URL 3

CC ID: 822482
URL: https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/ESI-Browse-Graphic.pdf
Name: ESI Browse Graphic
URL Type:
Browse Graphic
File Resource Format: pdf
Description:

ESI Browse Graphic depicts the relationships between the spatial data layers and the attribute data tables for the Georgia ESI data.

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 822211
Activity Date/Time: 2015-06
Description:

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 822210
Activity Date/Time: 2017-04-05
Description:

Converted from Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata (version FGDC-STD-001-1998) using 'fgdc_to_inport_xml.pl' script. Contact Tyler Christensen (NOS) for details.

Activity Log 3

CC ID: 822212
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-13
Description:

Partial upload of Spatial Info section only.

Activity Log 4

CC ID: 822213
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-01
Description:

Replaced entire Lineage section to populate new Source Contribution field.

Activity Log 5

CC ID: 822214
Activity Date/Time: 2018-02-08
Description:

Partial upload of Positional Accuracy fields only.

Technical Environment

Description:

The software packages used to develop the atlas are Environmental Systems Research Institute's ArcGIS for Desktop 10.2(R) and SQL SERVER(R) (version 2005). The hardware configuration is PC's with Windows Operating System 7.

Data Quality

Accuracy:

A multi-stage error checking process is used to verify both attribute accuracy and logical consistency throughout data production. The process includes a standardized data entry methodology, data review by in-house and external resource experts, a final Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) process, and multiple automated logical consistency checks. Quantitative data (such as densities, counts, abundances, or concentrations) provided by resource experts for inclusion in the data set may vary widely in attribute accuracy, depending upon the methodology used to collect and compile such data. For a more detailed evaluation of source data attribute accuracy, contact the sources listed in the Lineage section.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Spatial components for the biological data layers can come from expert interviews, hardcopy, or digital sources. Some of the spatial components of the biological data layers may have been developed using regional experts who estimate concentration areas. It is difficult to estimate the positional accuracy of such data, except to state that they are compiled on hardcopy base maps with a scale of 1:24,000. Some of the spatial components of the biological data sets are developed from pre-existing digital or hardcopy sources and reflect the positional accuracy of these original data. Note that biological resource data by their very nature are considered "fuzzy", and this should be understood when considering the positional accuracy of vector digital objects representing these resources. See the Lineage and Process_Description sections for more information on the original source data and how these data were integrated or manipulated to create the final data set.

Completeness Report:

These data represent a synthesis of expert knowledge, available hardcopy documents, survey data, maps, and digital data on bird nesting, wintering, migratory staging and other spatial/temporal concentration areas. These data do not necessarily represent all bird occurrences in Georgia. The following species are included in this data set: (Species_ID, Common Name, Scientific Name [n/a if not applicable]): 8, Double-crested cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus; 12, Canada goose, Branta canadensis; 14, Greater white-fronted goose, Anser albifrons; 16, Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos; 18, Green-winged teal, Anas crecca; 20, Northern shoveler, Anas clypeata; 21, Canvasback, Aythya valisineria; 26, Bufflehead, Bucephala albeola; 27, Long-tailed duck, Clangula hyemalis; 34, American coot, Fulica americana; 55, Whimbrel, Numenius phaeopus; 60, Red knot, Calidris canutus; 62, Least sandpiper, Calidris minutilla; 63, Dunlin, Calidris alpina; 64, Short-billed dowitcher, Limnodromus griseus; 66, Western sandpiper, Calidris mauri; 67, Sanderling, Calidris alba; 69, Semipalmated plover, Charadrius semipalmatus; 71, Black-bellied plover, Pluvialis squatarola; 73, Ruddy turnstone, Arenaria interpres; 76, Bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus; 86, Least tern, Sternula antillarum; 88, Great egret, Ardea alba; 98, Laughing gull, Larus atricilla; 115, White ibis, Eudocimus albus; 116, Roseate spoonbill, Platalea ajaja; 118, Brown pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis; 124, Redhead, Aythya americana; 125, Clapper rail, Rallus longirostris; 132, Wood stork, Mycteria americana; 133, Black skimmer, Rynchops niger; 134, Gull-billed tern, Gelochelidon nilotica; 135, Sandwich tern, Thalasseus sandvicensis; 137, Royal tern, Thalasseus maximus; 142, Black-necked stilt, Himantopus mexicanus; 148, Ruddy duck, Oxyura jamaicensis; 152, American oystercatcher, Haematopus palliatus; 153, Piping plover, Charadrius melodus; 154, Wilson's plover, Charadrius wilsonia; 155, Willet, Tringa semipalmata; 162, Gadwall, Anas strepera; 167, Northern gannet, Morus bassanus; 169, American wigeon, Anas americana; 173, American white pelican, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos; 178, Least bittern, Ixobrychus exilis; 180, Ring-necked duck, Aythya collaris; 184, King rail, Rallus elegans; 190, Blue-winged teal, Anas discors; 191, Wood duck, Aix sponsa; 192, Common moorhen, Gallinula chloropus; 193, Black tern, Chlidonias niger; 198, Hooded merganser, Lophodytes cucullatus; 210, Marbled godwit, Limosa fedoa; 211, Mottled duck, Anas fulvigula; 266, Black-bellied whistling-duck, Dendrocygna autumnalis; 272, Teals, Anas sp.; 277, Seaside sparrow, Ammodramus maritimus; 293, Yellowlegs, Tringa spp.; 299, Scaup, Aythya spp.; 301, Mergansers, n/a; 302, Scoters, Melanitta spp.; 326, Jaegers, Stercorarius spp.; 396, Phalaropes, Phalaropus spp.; 462, Loons, Gavia spp.; 603, Black-capped petrel, Pterodroma hasitata; 1001, Gulls, n/a; 1002, Shorebirds, n/a; 1004, Wading birds, n/a; 1006, Diving birds, n/a; 1008, Terns, n/a; 1009, Shearwaters, n/a; 1013, Dabbling ducks, n/a; 1014, Diving ducks, n/a; 1024, Alcids, n/a; 1041, Storm-petrels, n/a.

Conceptual Consistency:

A multi-stage error checking process, described in the above Attribute Accuracy Report, is used to verify both attribute accuracy and logical consistency throughout data production. This process includes multiple automated logical consistency checks that test the files for missing or duplicate data, rules for proper coding, GIS topological consistencies, and SQL SERVER(R) to ArcGIS(R) consistencies. A final review is made by the GIS manager, before the final Geodatabase and metadata are created. After the data are delivered to NOAA, they are again subjected to a several consistency checks, and processed into the final delivery format.

Lineage

Lineage Statement:

Three main sources of data were used to depict bird distribution and seasonality for these data layers (BIRDS and BIRDSPT): 1) personal interviews with resource experts from Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (GADNR WRD) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS); 2) published and unpublished reports; and 3) digital/tabular datasets provided by GADNR and USFWS.

Sources

2010 GEORGIA COAST AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER AND WILSON'S PLOVER BREEDING SURVEYS

CC ID: 822221
Contact Name: GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (GADNR) - WILDLIFE RESOURCES DIVISION, NONGAME CONSERVATION
Publish Date: 2010-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2010
Source Contribution:

BIRDS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: spreadsheet | Type of Source Media: EMAIL

2010-2013 GEORGIA SEABIRD NESTING COLONIES

CC ID: 822222
Contact Name: GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (GADNR) - WILDLIFE RESOURCES DIVISION, NONGAME CONSERVATION
Publish Date: 2013-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 2010
Extent End Date/Time: 2013
Source Contribution:

BIRDS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: spreadsheet | Type of Source Media: EMAIL

2012-2015 WINTER SHOREBIRD COUNT SUMMARIES

CC ID: 822223
Contact Name: GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (GADNR) - WILDLIFE RESOURCES DIVISION, NONGAME CONSERVATION
Publish Date: 2015-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 2012
Extent End Date/Time: 2015
Source Contribution:

BIRDS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: spreadsheet | Type of Source Media: EMAIL

2013 WADING BIRD BREEDING SURVEY

CC ID: 822795
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (GADNR) - WILDLIFE RESOURCES DIVISION, NONGAME CONSERVATION
Publish Date: 2013-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2013
Source Contribution:

BIRDSPT INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: spreadsheet | Type of Source Media: EMAIL

A REVIEW OF BIRD SPECIES ON THE SOUTH ATLANTIC BIGHT

CC ID: 822232
Contact Name: WIGH, RUSSELL
Publish Date: 2007-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2007
Source Contribution:

BIRDS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: document | Type of Source Media: paper

BALD EAGLE SEASONALITY AND MONITORED NESTING SITES 2010-2015

CC ID: 822225
Contact Name: OZIER, JIM - GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (GADNR), WILDLIFE RESOURCES DIVISION, NONGAME CONSERVATION
Publish Date: 2015-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 2010
Extent End Date/Time: 2015
Source Contribution:

BIRDS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: spreadsheet | Type of Source Media: EMAIL

DATA COMPILATION FROM USFWS ATLANTIC COAST WINTERING DUCK SURVEYS (2008-11), USFWS SEABIRD SURVEYS (2010-11,2014), AND NOAA ATLANTIC MARINE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM FOR PROTECTED SPECIES SURVEYS (2010-2014)

CC ID: 822228
Contact Name: UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE (USFWS), DIVISION OF MIGRATORY BIRD MANAGEMENT, ATLANTIC COAST JOINT VENTURE
Publish Date: 2014-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 2008
Extent End Date/Time: 2014
Source Contribution:

BIRDS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: vector digital data | Type of Source Media: EMAIL

EBIRD: AN ONLINE DATABASE OF BIRD DISTRIBUTION AND ABUNDANCE [WEB APPLICATION]

CC ID: 822220
Contact Name: EBIRD
Publish Date: 2015-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 1995
Extent End Date/Time: 2015
Citation URL: http://www.ebird.org
Source Contribution:

BIRDS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: spreadsheet | Type of Source Media: online

GEORGIA AND SOUTH CAROLINA MID-WINTER WATERFOWL SURVEYS

CC ID: 822229
Contact Name: UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE (USFWS), DIVISION OF MIGRATORY BIRD MANAGEMENT
Publish Date: 2014-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 2005
Extent End Date/Time: 2014
Source Contribution:

BIRDS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: spreadsheet | Type of Source Media: EMAIL

INTEGRATED WATERBIRD MANAGEMENT AND MONITORING DATABASE

CC ID: 822230
Contact Name: UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. REGION 3, DIVISION OF BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES
Publish Date: 2012-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 2010
Extent End Date/Time: 2012
Source Contribution:

BIRDS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: spreadsheet | Type of Source Media: EMAIL

LOCATION AND SEASONALITIES OF COASTAL GEORGIA SECRETIVE MARSH BIRDS

CC ID: 822226
Contact Name: SCHNEIDER, TODD - GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (GADNR), WILDLIFE RESOURCES DIVISION, NONGAME CONSERVATION
Publish Date: 2014-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2014
Source Contribution:

BIRDS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: EXPERT KNOWLEDGE | Type of Source Media: PERSONAL COMMUNICATION

LOCATION AND SEASONALITIES OF COASTAL GEORGIA WATERBIRDS

CC ID: 822224
Contact Name: KEYES, TIM - GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (GADNR), WILDLIFE RESOURCES DIVISION, NONGAME CONSERVATION
Publish Date: 2014-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2014
Source Contribution:

BIRDS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: EXPERT KNOWLEDGE | Type of Source Media: PERSONAL COMMUNICATION

LOCATION AND SEASONALITY OF WATERFOWL AND WADING BIRDS WITHIN SAVANNAH COASTAL NWR COMPLEX LANDS

CC ID: 822796
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Person
Contact Name: HAYES, CHUCK AND RUSS WEBB, U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE (USFWS), SAVANNAH COASTAL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Publish Date: 2014-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2014
Source Contribution:

BIRDSPT INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: EXPERT KNOWLEDGE | Type of Source Media: PERSONAL COMMUNICATION

LOCATION OF LEAST TERN NESTING COLONIES

CC ID: 822231
Contact Name: UNITED STATES NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS), CUMBERLAND ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT DIVISION
Publish Date: 2014-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 2011
Extent End Date/Time: 2014
Source Contribution:

BIRDS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: spreadsheet | Type of Source Media: EMAIL

LOCATIONS AND SEASONALITIES OF GEORGIA WATERFOWL

CC ID: 822219
Contact Name: BALKCOM, GREG - GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (GADNR), WILDLIFE RESOURCES DIVISION, GAME MANAGEMENT
Publish Date: 2014-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2014
Source Contribution:

BIRDS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: EXPERT KNOWLEDGE | Type of Source Media: PERSONAL COMMUNICATION

THE BREEDING BIRD ATLAS OF GEORGIA

CC ID: 822227
Contact Name: SCHNEIDER, TODD M., GIFF BEATON, TIMOTHY S. KEYES, AND NATHAN A. KLAUS
Publish Date: 2010-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2010
Source Contribution:

BIRDS INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: document | Type of Source Media: disc

WOOD STORK BREEDING SURVEYS

CC ID: 822797
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (GADNR) - WILDLIFE RESOURCES DIVISION, NONGAME CONSERVATION
Publish Date: 2014-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 2006
Extent End Date/Time: 2014
Source Contribution:

BIRDSPT INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: spreadsheet | Type of Source Media: EMAIL

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 822234
Description:

Breeding shorebirds, diving birds, gulls and terns: Locations of breeding shorebirds, diving birds, and terns were provided by GADNR from survey data and expert knowledge for the following species: brown pelican, black skimmer, gull-billed tern (state threatened), laughing gull, least tern (provided by the National Park Service for Cumberland Island only), royal tern, sandwich tern, American oystercatcher, black-necked stilt, willet, and Wilson's plover (state threatened). Point data was converted to polygons by associating points to sections of the coast (i.e., shell rakes, beaches, and small coastal islands) and creating a 50m onshore/offshore buffer, which in some areas was extended to include ESI polygons 7 and 9A per expert instruction.

Process Date/Time: 2015-06-01 00:00:00
Process Contact: ESI Program Manager
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

Process Step 2

CC ID: 822235
Description:

Migrating, roosting, and wintering shorebirds, diving birds, wading birds, gulls, and terns: Sources used to map migrating, roosting, and wintering shorebirds, diving birds, and terns were provided by USFWS Integrated Waterbird Monitoring and Management (IWMM) project surveys and expert knowledge from GADNR WRD. IWMM surveys provided simple counts for impoundments from 2010 to 2012. GADNR WRD Nongame Conservation provided mid-winter shorebird surveys, non-breeding American oystercatcher observations from 2010, and extensive expert knowledge. Survey areas were compiled with expert knowledge to represent different sections of the coast (i.e., shell rakes, beaches, and small coastal islands) with a 50m onshore/offshore buffer, which in some areas was extended to include ESI polygons 7 and 9A per expert instruction. The maximum count across all survey years was used as an initial filter for the inclusion of species and concentrations from the IWMM data and GADNR 2012-2015 mid-winter shorebird surveys into a given RAR. Species counts less than 100 were combined into a more general grouping (e.g. shorebirds, gulls, terns, etc.), while those equal to or greater than 100 have been listed by species. Counts were binned into 10s, 100s, 1,000s, or 10,000s. Federal and state listed threatened and endangered species and state listed rare species from these data are qualified as having a "vulnerable occurrence" in all areas where they occur in low numbers and "concentration area" in areas where numbers were highest. Roseate spoonbill nesting and roosting occurrences have been mapped based on expert knowledge from GADNR WRD Nongame Conservation. These occurrences are described by the mapping qualifiers "NESTING" and "ROOSTING" as appropriate.

Process Date/Time: 2015-06-01 00:00:00
Process Contact: ESI Program Manager
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

Process Step 3

CC ID: 822236
Description:

Wetland associated waterfowl: Waterfowl data were mapped from USFWS 2010-2014 mid-winter waterfowl surveys and expert knowledge from GADNR WRD. Survey blocks were divided into two zones: 1) lower rivers and sounds and 2) saltwater and brackish creeks. The delineation between the two zones was based off the shapefile of the Ecological Monitoring Trawl Survey (EMTS) zones, which were defined by GADNR Coastal Resources Division biologists through field knowledge, tidal nodes, and historical classification. A third set of zones was added based on observations from GADNR WRD Game Management and 2010-2012 IWMM survey data and represents important freshwater and saltwater impoundments for waterfowl. For reporting species and concentrations, species counts less than 100 were combined into a more general grouping (e.g., dabbling ducks, diving ducks, etc.), while those with counts equal to or greater than 100 have been listed by species. Counts were binned into 10s, 100s, 1,000s, or 10,000s. Species were assigned to a specific zone and concentrations of species or species groups were adjusted per expert opinion. Nesting distributions of waterfowl were determined using species' presence recorded from USFWS mid-winter waterfowl surveys and GADNR expert knowledge.

Process Date/Time: 2015-06-01 00:00:00
Process Contact: ESI Program Manager
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

Process Step 4

CC ID: 822237
Description:

Atlantic Ocean seabirds: Distributions of nearshore and offshore pelagic birds, gulls, terns, diving birds, and alcids in the Atlantic Ocean were acquired from discussions with resource experts, reports, and survey data. Alcids, diving birds, gulls, terns (except black tern), and northern gannet were mapped based on compiled survey data from USFWS that included USFWS Atlantic Coast Wintering Sea Duck Surveys (ACWSD; preliminary survey in 2008, full surveys 2009-11) and USFWS Atlantic Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (AMAPPS) seabird surveys (preliminary survey in 2010, full-coast surveys in summer 2011, spring and fall 2012, winter 2014). Based on expert advice, data were first grouped into two offshore polygons (0-8 nautical miles [nm] from shore and 0-12 nm offshore). Species and species groups were placed into respective polygons based on their frequency of occurrence in these areas. Rafting scoters, scaup, and canvasback locations represent a compilation of observations from ACWSD and AMAPPS surveys and expert knowledge from GADNR WRD Game Management. Nearshore species and species groups were mapped within 1 nm from the shore based on USFWS 2005-2014 mid-winter waterfowl surveys and expert knowledge from GADNR WRD Game Management. Pelagic birds (except northern gannet), black tern, and phalaropes were mapped based on information from Wigh (2007) and Beaton et al. (2003).

Process Date/Time: 2015-06-01 00:00:00
Process Contact: ESI Program Manager
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

Process Step 5

CC ID: 822238
Description:

Bald eagle: Bald eagle (state threatened) nest locations were mapped based on 2010-2015 nesting survey data provided by GADNR WRD, Nongame Conservation. To mask the exact location, a randomized geographic shift was applied to nesting points within 50-100m of the original nest location. Shifted points were given a 250m polygonal buffer, which were then mapped. Overlapping buffers were merged to represent a single nest site per expert instruction. The display of this data does not imply that areas reflect current nest locations, but rather are to be used as a guide to what has been observed over recent years (2010-2015).

Process Date/Time: 2015-06-01 00:00:00
Process Contact: ESI Program Manager
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

Process Step 6

CC ID: 822239
Description:

Secretive marsh birds: Distributions of clapper rail, king rail, least bittern, and seaside sparrow were provided by GADNR WRD Nongame Conservation. Nesting areas for clapper rail and seaside sparrow were based on preliminary model results showing areas of higher presence for these species (Elizabeth A. Hunter, M.S. thesis [in preparation]).

Process Date/Time: 2015-06-01 00:00:00
Process Contact: ESI Program Manager
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

Process Step 7

CC ID: 822798
Description:

Wading birds and wood stork colonies (BIRDSPT): This process step was used to create the BIRDSPT (Birds Points) data layer. Two main sources were used to map wading bird and wood stork (federally threatened, state endangered) colonies, provided by Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (GADNR WRD) Nongame Conservation. Locations of wood stork (federally threatened, state endangered) colonies were mapped as points based on aerial surveys from 2004-2014. Wood stork nest counts reflect the maximum number of nests observed in the survey period. Wading bird colony locations represent those locations tracked by GADNR in 2013. The display of these data does not imply that points reflect current nest locations or counts, but rather points are best used as a guide to what species could be present and what counts have been observed at colonies over recent years (2004-2014). Wading bird and diving bird species that may be present at these locations include: doubled-crested cormorant, anhinga, great blue heron, snowy egret, little blue heron, tri-colored heron, cattle egret, black-crowned night heron, and white ibis. Wood stork and wading bird nest sites with the same site name were interpreted as a single location and have been shown as a single point.

Process Date/Time: 2015-06-01 00:00:00
Process Contact: ESI Program Manager
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov
Source: WOOD STORK BREEDING SURVEYS

Process Step 8

CC ID: 822240
Description:

The above digital and/or hardcopy sources and process steps were used by the project biologist to create the BIRDS (Birds Polygons) and BIRDSPT (Birds Points) data layers. Depending on the type of source data, three general approaches are used for compiling the data layer: 1) information gathered during initial interviews and from hardcopy sources are compiled onto U.S. Geological Survey 1:24,000 topographic quadrangles and digitized; 2) hardcopy maps are digitized at their source scale; 3) digital data layers are evaluated and used "as is" or integrated with the hardcopy data sources. See the Lineage section for additional information on the type of source data for this data layer. The ESI, biology, and human-use data are compiled into the standard ESI digital data format. A second set of interviews with participating resource experts are conducted to review the compiled data. If necessary, edits to the BIRDS and BIRDSPT data layers are made based on the recommendations of the resource experts, and final hardcopy maps and digital data are created.

Process Date/Time: 2015-06-01 00:00:00
Process Contact: ESI Program Manager
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

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Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 55537
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:55537
Metadata Record Created By: David Moe Nelson
Metadata Record Created: 2019-02-19 16:42+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2021-11-30 16:28+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-02-25
Owner Org: ORR
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year