BBS Web Satisfaction
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278 downloaders of raw BBS data in 2001
1,348 BBS participants
51 BBS coordinators
Random sample of:
50 downloaders, 40 participants, 10 coordinators
are mostly students who have graduated
Non-response bias is small
Some of the requested additions to website:
- Information about the regions - climate, topography, land use patterns,
- Precise stop locations (GPS).
- Digital maps of routes.
- Wish I could create my own strata, rather
than using existing strata/states/bird conservation regions.
data on which years each route was run.
- Info about habitat types on
a route (general categories, GIS coverages, change among years,
Some of the reported uses:
- To evaluate statistical methods in ecology.
- Comparing actual occurrences
with modeled habitat, to test the models.
- To verify research priorities
for my organization.
- Trend data and distribution maps are used to
help make decisions about the importance of species as conservation
- To provide an index of abundance to use
as a covariate in other analyses.
- To assess risk of air strikes between
birds and aircraft.
- Use it mostly for data entry of my 3 BBS routes.
- To gather info in
order to write up species for Breeding Bird
enter data and look at distribution maps for personal use.
- We manage
migrant traps on Dauphin Island - trends are useful in helping
us identify problem areas.
- Review my data for errors.
- Aid in participation in bird conservation
initiatives, general information, outreach.
- I have used it as a source
of population trend data to use in my dissertation.
Some of the suggestions:
- Homepage could make better use of white space (that is, spread
things out a bit.)
- Icons or pictures might make the links more explanatory.
- Even having
used the region level analysis before, I had to search to find
it from the new opening page. If I had not known it existed,
I would not have
- It would be helpful to have a section for threatened & endangered
- Wish the trend estimates showed as soon as they come up without
my having to scroll down a ways.
- Perhaps devising an easier method
for finding specific route information would be helpful.
- It would
be helpful to group routes and determine trends by bird conservation
- The BBS data entry web site is needlessly time consuming to
use - in particular, do not make the data entry so dependent
bits and pieces on each screen.
- Finding the physiographic
strata base map is not intuitive, as it is buried in the help
A message from Keith Pardieck, project manager for the Breeding Bird
In June 2002, the BBS began collecting precise geographic location
information for stops along BBS routes. The information is collected
by BBS participants and entered into a stop location database. These
data will be available for public use by June 2003 via the Raw Data
link on the BBS web site. Accurate stop information in conjunction
with remotely sensed habitat data could allow the BBS to generate habitat-specific
trends, as well as be useful in answering questions regarding the validity
of BBS results; such as, are habitats along BBS routes representative
of habitats at broader geographic scales?
The BBS is also in the process of developing a stand-alone data
entry program to supplement the web-based data entry program. The
program would be downloaded onto the user's PC allowing data
entry to be completed without needing to stay connected to the Internet.
Once data entry has been completed, the user simply sends us
the data via email, the web, or a floppy disk.
We also plan to place a suggestion box on the BBS web site to allow
users to keep us abreast of their changing needs or to suggest improvements
to the site.
Laurel, MD, USA 20708-4038
Operations Contact: Keith Pardieck,
Analyses Contact: John Sauer,
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