The Turks and Caicos Islands shorebird counts from 2016 to 2020

The dataserie comprises counts of 58 shorebirds species in more than 80 sites across the Turks and Caicos Islands. The data was collected during a period of 5 years from 2016 to 2020 on January and/or February.

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Last Updated April 3, 2022, 12:11 (UTC)
Created November 4, 2020, 19:33 (UTC)
Region TC
Language eng
Topic Category Biota; flora and/or fauna in natural environment
Temporal Extent Start 2016-01-27
Temporal Extent End 2020-02-16
Dataset Reference Date 2020
Lineage Surveys for shorebirds and all other birds were conducted by a team of trained observers consistent over the period. Surveys for Piping Plover were conducted at high to mid tide where possible over the period. Survey sites were replicated each year with additional areas targeted in following years with survey replications in following years. A 100% survey of the beach, mudflat, tidal flats, or similar habitat was attempted in each survey for target species. Observations of non-target species were primarily incidental to surveys and recorded for adding to avian data for TCI. Every effort was made to get good counts but the numbers are minimum estimates. Survey team members are highly qualifted observers in identification of birds, primarily target species of shorebirds. From the first year through the last year, all areas were surveyed annually in the winter at high to mid tide for target species, and an absolute count of all species was attempted. Additions to surveys sites each year were replicated in following years by the survey team. However, detection probability on any single survey is often less than 100%, and therefore some sites were visited multiple times. Likewise, all counts are minimum estimates and a zero count or a site lacking survey data may still be a site that is used by birds (i.e. our data should not be used to confirm absence).
West Longitude -72.46051
South Latitude 21.19206
East Longitude -71.11305
North Latitude 21.96016
Spatial Reference System WGS84
Responsible Organisation Name 1) US Geological Survey 2) US Fish and Wildlife Service 3) Environment and Climate Change Canada's Canadian Wildlife Service
Contact Mail Address 1) Elise Elliot-Smith 2) Caleb Spiegel, Craig Watson 3) Jen Rock
Responsible Party Role 1, 2, 3) resource provider, owner, distributor, originator, processor, publisher and author 3) point of contact
Access Limitations Restricted, data environmentally sensitive, however data is open to government departments
Use Constraints Restricted
Data Format shape, csv
Update Frequency annually
Accuracy 50m
Resource Type Dataseries
Metadata Date 2020-10-30
Metadata Point of Contact
Contact Consent Contact details published