Data Contributions

The Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas was designed to provide a comprehensive assessment of the status of Minnesota’s breeding birds during the years 2009-2013. That was accomplished in four ways: 1) by enlisting hundreds of volunteers who contributed data for atlas blocks throughout the state; 2) by hiring field staff to survey remote and poorly sampled regions of the state; 3) by establishing a network of point counts that were surveyed by trained field staff that would provide a solid, statistical basis for analysis of relative abundance; and 4) by soliciting data from other resource agencies and conservation organizations, placing a particular emphasis on rare species or species that were not well-surveyed by the point counts or standard atlas procedures (e.g. aerial waterbird surveys and nocturnal owl surveys). Only data that were collected within the 2009-2013 atlas period and which could be attributed accurately to a given atlas block were solicited.

We wish to acknowledge the organizations and agencies listed in the following table who generously contributed additional data to the Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas. We sincerely appreciate their willingness to share data they collected for the purposes of other important field initiatives. The following list is not only our way to acknowledge their contributions but, when the atlas is repeated in future years, it will serve as a resource to ensure that the comparison of atlas efforts is as complete as possible. The specific datasets contributed by each organization are detailed. When available, specific language and/or observers who made these contributions also are acknowledged.

Organization Data Category Data Set Specific Acknowledgements
Audubon Minnesota
Chimney Swifts Chimney Swift Sit Site 2013 Phase I
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
General Nest Records Cornell Nest Watch Project 2009-2013 Data contributed by David Bonter; we wish to thank the volunteers who collected the nesting data for this study through The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s Nest Box Network, The Birdhouse Network, NestWatch, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Research Center’s Neighborhood NestWatch, and various state nest monitoring projects that have contributed their historic data.
Nest Watch 09
Nest Watch 10
Golden-winged Warbler Working Group
Golden-winged Warblers Data contributed by Amber Roth
 Grand Portage National Monument
General Records Data contributed by Amy Seitz of the Grand Portage Reservation.
 Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory
Owls Great Lakes Owl Surveys Data contributed by Dave Grosshuesch who wishes to acknowledge Gerald Niemi and Ron Regal, University of Minnesota-Duluth, for their support and analysis and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for funding.
 Hormel Nature Center
General Records Hormel NC Bird Surveys, 2009-2013 Data contributed by Richard Smaby.
 Midwest Peregrine Society
Peregrine Falcon
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources   
American Woodcock Volunteer Woodcock Banding Data contributed by Earl Johnson.
Common Loons Loon Watcher Survey Data from the Loon Watcher Survey, Minnesota Loon Monitoring Program, Shallow Lakes Program, and Sensitive Lakeshore Program were contributed  by Nongame Staff in the Brainerd Office, Pam Perry and Kevin Woizeschke.
Minnesota Loon Monitoring Program (MLMP)
General Records Shallow Lakes Program
Sensitive Lakeshore Program
Grassland Birds Grassland bird distribution and habitat, SW MN Data contributed by Lisa Harn.
Grassland Surveys: Lincoln County Data from Lincoln and Yellow Medicine Counties contributed by Lisa Gelvin-Innavaer.
Grassland Surveys: Yellow Medicine County
SPICE (Sustaining Prairies in a Changing Environment) Surveys, 2009-2013 Data contributed by Daren Carlson
Northern Goshawk Northern Goshawk Surveys Data contributed by Gaea Crozier who wishes to acknowledge the Chippewa National Forest, Superior National Forest, and MNDNR staff and contractors for providing data.
Prairie Grouse Prairie Chicken Survey
Sharp-tailed Grouse Dancing Ground Survey
Rare Species Natural Heritage Information Data
Ring-necked Duck Ring-necked Duck Surveys Data contributed by Christine Herwig who wishes to acknowledge the Wetland Wildlife Populations and Research Group for their field efforts.
Ruffed Grouse Ruffed Grouse Drumming Count Survey
Sandhill Cranes NW MN Sandhill Crane Surveys Data contributed by Jeff Lawrence who wishes to acknowledge the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Webless Migratory Gamebird Grant Program, for their support.
Scientific and Natural Areas Bird Surveys Scientific and Natural Areas Avian Inventory Data Data contributed by Katherine Haws.
Trumpeter Swans Trumpeter Swan Reports and Surveys Data contributed by Christine Herwig.
 Minnesota National Guard
Camp Ripley 2009 Camp Ripley songbird point count survey (records have different plot numbers) Nancy Dietz and Brian Dirks helped enter data and coordinated the entry of Camp Ripley data by the following individuals: Bill Brown, Mary Lee,  Chris Larson, Jason Linkert, Wade Lund, Laura May, Mike Meyman, Timothy Notch, Adam Thompson, Matt Toenies, and Beth Walters.
2010 ruffed grouse drumming survey
2011 Camp Ripley Songbird Survey (records have different plot numbers)
Camp Ripley 2010 bluebird house monitoring
Camp Ripley 2010 call-broadcast survey
Camp Ripley 2010 wood duck house monitoring
Camp Ripley bald eagle survey
Camp Ripley Breeding Songbird Survey-AHATS
Heard during 2011 owl survey
 Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union
All Birds Data contributed by the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union; we specifically wish to acknowledge the efforts of David Cahlander in providing these data.
 Minnesota Prairie Chicken Society
Greater Prairie Chickens and Sharp-tailed Grouse 2010-2011 Inventory Data Data collection funded by the Minnesota Prairie Chicken Society who also provided the data.
 The Nature Conservancy
Grassland Birds Death of a Meadowlark 2013 Data contributed by Marissa Ahlering who wishes to acknowledge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for providing funding support for the field work.
 Twin Cities Osprey Project
Osprey Three Rivers Park District Osprey Project
Allete Survey
 United States Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Grassland Birds CRP Breeding Birds in Grant County Data contributed by Lawrence D. Igl who wishes to acknowledge the following field observers for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) field surveys: Lawrence D. Igl (2009-2013), Jeremiah C. Slagter (2009), Kyle L. McLean (2010), Brian J. Chepulis (2011-2012), and Joseph Orr (2013).
WPA Breeding Birds in Big Stone County
WPA Breeding Birds in Clay County
WPA Breeding Birds in Cottonwood County
WPA Breeding Birds in Lac Qui Parle County
Common Loons DNR Special Permit 16508_COLO Data contributed by Kevin P. Kenow who wishes to acknowledge Carrol Henderson, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, for funding support, and Steven Houdek, Luke Fara and Pete Boma, U.S. Geological Survey, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, for field support.
2011 BandingData_COLO
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge General Bird Surveys Agassiz Black Tern Survey Data contributed by Gregg Knutsen.
Agassiz Breeding Bird Point Count Survey
Agassiz Brood Surveys
Agassiz Colonial Nesting Waterbird Surveys
Agassiz NWR-Bald Eagle Aerial Survey
Agassiz NWR-Webster Creek Bird Survey
Bloomington Field Office Bald Eagles Incidental Bald Eagle nest sightings
Division of Migratory Bird Management American Woodcock American Woodcock Singing-ground Survey Data contributed by Becky Rau.
Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge General Bird Surveys Glacial Ridge NWR Bird Surveys
Habitat and Population Evaluation Team Waterfowl and Yellow Rails HAPET 4 square mile waterfowl productivity survey
SCEP Yellow Rail Surveys Data contributed by Anna Sidie-Slettedahl.
Litchfield Wetland Management District General Bird Surveys Litchfield WMD Bird Surveys Data contributed by Bridget Olson.
Morris Wetland District Grassland Birds USFWS WPA Grassland Point Count Surveys Data contributed by Sara Vacek.
Rydell National Wildlife Refuge Eastern Bluebirds and Wood Ducks Rydell NWR Blue Bird Box Survey Data contributed by Jessica Dowler.
Rydell NWR Wood Duck Nest Box Survey
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles UMR NWR GRBH Nest Survey Data contributed by Brian Stemper.
NWR Bald Eagle Survey
 United States Forest Service, Superior National Forest
Forest Birds MAPS data Superior National Forest Data contributed by Dave Grosshuesch who wishes to acknowledge the U.S. Forest Service for providing funding support for the project.
University of Minnesota
Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Waterbirds American White Pelican and Double-crested Cormorant Survey Data Data contributed by Linda Wires, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Francesca Cuthbert, University of Minnesota, who wish to acknowledge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for providing funding support for the project.
Minnesota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Forest Birds Forest Songbird Study
Golden-winged Warbler Study in Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
Natural Resources Research Institute Forest Birds National Forest Data Set, 2009-2013 Data contributed by Gerald Niemi, Natural Resources Research Institute.
 Voyageurs National Park
General Birds Common Loon Productivity Surveys Data contributed by Steve Windels who wishes to acknowledge Greg Grabas, Paul Watton, and John Brett with the Canadian Wildlife Service-Ontario, for their field efforts.
Colonial Waterbird Surveys
Forest Breeding Bird Surveys
Marsh Monitoring Program
 Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
General Birds Avian Nursery Admits-2011 Data contributed by Tami Vogel.
Avian Nursery Admits-2013