Download Data: Raw Results
The BBS releases data on an annual basis. Current and past data releases are provided through the USGS’s scientific data portal called “ScienceBase” (accessible below). We also offer an “Online Retrieval System” here on the BBS website (also accessible below) that allows users to extract small amounts of data for one species, for limited time periods, and/or for small geographic extents.
Users of these BBS data are obligated to formally recognize their use of the program's data in publications, presentations and other outlets. Additionally, all work using these data should acknowledge the thousands of U.S. and Canadian participants who annually perform and coordinate the survey.
It is in the best interest for the continued success of the BBS that authors submit a reprint or pdf of their work featuring BBS data to the National BBS staff for inclusion in the program's bibliography. If a publication is based solely on the analysis of BBS data, we recommend that you involve National BBS staff
with the writing and/or review of the manuscript.
Thank you for supporting the BBS program and we look forward to learning of your work.
Data Liability Disclaimer
This database, identified as the North American Breeding Bird Survey Dataset
, has been approved for release and publication by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Canadian Wildlife Service of Environment Canada (EC). Although this database has been subjected to rigorous review and is substantially complete, the USGS and EC reserve the right to revise the data pursuant to further analysis and review. Furthermore, it is released on the condition that the USGS, the U.S. Government, the EC, and the Canadian Government may not be held liable for any damages resulting from its authorized or unauthorized use.
It is also strongly recommended that careful attention be paid to the contents of the metadata files associated with the dataset. Information concerning the accuracy and appropriate uses of these data may be obtained from the metadata files, or from the National Program Managers
Laurel, MD, USA 20708-4038
Last Modified: 3/27/2018
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