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Citation
Olivier, F., Lee, D. and Woehler, E. (2006) A GIS dataset of bird nests mapped in the Windmill Islands by Frederique Olivier and Drew Lee during the 2002-2003 season, Ver. 1, Australian Antarctic Division - doi:10.4225/15/597fdcfb8bc50, Accessed: 2021-12-06
Title
A GIS dataset of bird nests mapped in the Windmill Islands by Frederique Olivier and Drew Lee during the 2002-2003 season
Data Centre
Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australia
DOI
doi:10.4225/15/597fdcfb8bc50
Created Date
2003-06-23
Revision Date
2019-04-04
Parent record
None

Description

Very little information is known about the distribution and abundance of snow petrels at the regional scale. This dataset contains locations of bird nests, mostly snow petrels, mapped in the Windmill Islands during the 2002-2003 season. Location of nests were recorded with handheld GPS receivers connected to a pocket PC and stored as a shapefile using Arcpad (ESRI software). Descriptive information relating to each bird nest was recorded and a detailed description of data fields is provided in the detailed description of the shapefiles.

Two observers conducted the surveys using distinct methodologies, Frederique Olivier (FO) and Drew Lee (DL). Three separate nest location files (ArcView point shapefiles) were produced and correspond to each of the survey methodologies used. Methodology 1 was the use of 200*200 m grid squares in which exhaustive searches were conducted (FO). Methodology 2 was the use of 2 transects within each the 200*200 m grid squares; methodology 3 was the use of 4 small quadrats (ca 25 m) located within the 200*200m grid squares (DL). Nests mapped in a non-systematic manner (not following a specific methodology) are clearly identified within each dataset. Datasets were kept separate due to the uncertainties caused by GPS errors (the same nest may have different locations due to GPS error).

Three separate shapefiles describe survey methodologies:
- one polygon shapefile locates the 200*200 grid sites searched systematically (FO)
- one polygon shapefile locates the small quadrats (DL)
- one line shapefile locates line transects (DL)

Spatial characteristics, date of survey, search effort, number of nests found and other parameters are recorded for the grid sites, transect and quadrats.

See the word document in the file download for more information.

This work has been completed as part of ASAC project 1219 (ASAC_1219).

The fields in this dataset are:

Species
Activity
Type
Entrances
Slope
Remnants
Latitude
Longitude
Date
Snow
Eggchick
Cavitysize
Cavitydepth
Distnn
Substrate
Comments
SitedotID
Aspect
Firstfred
Systematic/Edge/Incidental
RecordCode

The full dataset, including a word document providing further information about the dataset, is publicly available for download from the provided URL.

Also available for download from another URL is polygon data representing flying bird nesting areas. The polygon data was derived from the flying bird nest locations by the Australian Antarctic Data Centre for displaying on maps.

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Quality

Data were acquired with a Garmin 26 GPS receiver, the accuracy of which is better than an average handheld GPS model, such as the Garmin 12. In order not to overestimate the quality of the data, it is sensible to assume that nest locations were acquired with an uncertainty between 5 and 10 m.

Access

The full dataset, including a word document providing further information about the dataset, is publicly available for download from the provided URL.

Also available for download from another URL is polygon data representing flying bird nesting areas. The polygon data was derived from the flying bird nest locations by the Australian Antarctic Data Centre for displaying on maps.

Temporal Coverages

Spatial Coverages

Data Resolution

Latitude Resolution:
10 Metre(s)
Longitude Resolution:
10 Metre(s)

Science Keywords

Additional Keywords

  • ACTIVITY
  • ANTARCTICA
  • ASPECT
  • CAVITYDEPTH
  • CAPE PETREL
  • CAVITYSIZE
  • COMMENTS
  • CHICK
  • DAPTION CAPENSE
  • EGG
  • DATE
  • DISTNN
  • ENTRANCES
  • LATITUDE
  • LONGITUDE
  • MAPPING
  • NEST
  • OCEANITE OCEANICUS
  • PAGODROMA NIVEA
  • RECORD
  • REMNANTS
  • SITE
  • SLOPE
  • SNOW
  • SNOW PETREL
  • SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION
  • SPECIES
  • SUBSTRATE
  • TYPE
  • WILSON'S STORM PETREL
  • WINDMILL ISLANDS

Locations

  • CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR

Platforms

  • FIELD SURVEYS
  • FIELD INVESTIGATION

Instruments

  • Global Positioning System
  • GPS RECEIVERS

Researchers

  • olivier, frederique (INVESTIGATOR,TECHNICAL CONTACT,DIF AUTHOR)
  • lee, drew (INVESTIGATOR)
  • woehler, eric (INVESTIGATOR)

Use Constraints

This data set conforms to the CCBY Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

Please follow instructions listed in the citation reference provided at http://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/metadata/citation.cfm?entry_id=BIRDSCASEY0203 when using these data.

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