Benefits of participation: Your contribution of data provides necessary, best-available science that we will use to address hemispheric-scale conservation issues by engaging in public awareness and conservation and policy actions.
Your data will join forces with hundreds of other contributions to enable powerful visualizations and conservation assessments.
Your work will be credited in our products, and will gain wider recognition through exposure to Audubon’s large and varied audience of bird-watchers, researchers, educators, decision-makers, and funders.
Participation will promote collaborations among peers by joining a growing network of researchers and conservation practitioners.
You may leverage your participation and in-kind support for this project in your own funding proposals and on your website.
There are potential opportunities for shared research or publications related to Audubon’s mission of bird conservation. Any species-specific publications utilizing your data will be approached collaboratively.
Storing your data in Movebank has
beyond those associated with this project. In Movebank your data are safely deposited for long-term archiving, data are easily shared among your collaborators, multiple transmitter platforms are stored in a common format, and environmental data are easily accessed to annotate tracks.
How we will use your datasets:
We will use your data for mapping and visualization for education and outreach purposes, and for research purposes as described below, including conservation and threats assessment across the species range. Raw data will be shared among members of a science team that may include Audubon staff, Audubon subcontractors, and collaborating research associates, all under the direction of Audubon. Audubon’s work of mapping and visualization, spatial analysis, modeling, prioritization, and/or assessment, will be in service to Audubon’s mission to conserve birds and their habitat. Subcontractors and research associates will be contractually limited to use the data for specified purposes only, as the work relates to Audubon’s mission, and will dispose of data when research is complete.
We will obscure the precise locations of raw data from public view by limiting the viewable scale of tracking data to 1:250,000, and/or by summarizing raw data into 3-km or greater bins. Audubon may map and analyze the data using a variety of digital technologies and make publicly viewable datasets, maps, and visuals available through Audubon’s digital media, including Audubon’s website, dashboards, and online or printed reports and summaries. Such works to be publicly distributed may include: static maps; animated annual cycle visualizations; interactive data explorer that allows users to view, query, and overlay data; and published results of analyses such as threats assessments and conservation prioritizations. We will selectively share summarized data with other parties for purposes of research and conservation. Raw original source data will not be shared outside Audubon, except as described in the paragraph above.
Audubon will credit you in connection with your data wherever practicable, and will direct outside requests for raw data to your study’s page on Movebank, where visibility and access is restricted per your existing permissions settings and license terms. You understand and agree that you may use Audubon’s name in your materials and on your website only to publicize your participation in this project (e.g., contributing to the Audubon Migratory Bird Initiative), but without a written license from Audubon, you may not make any further use of the Audubon Marks (e.g. “National Audubon Society”, “Audubon”) or the Audubon logo.
How to contribute your datasets:
Data can be stored in Movebank using your choice of public access permissions. After you’ve posted your data to Movebank, you will be asked to share the data with the Audubon Migratory Bird Initiative at the collaborator (with permission to download) or data manager level using Movebank’s tools. By doing so, you automatically grant Audubon a license to use your data, including ongoing access to any live data feeds, unless or until either you or Audubon cancels this agreement. Following cancellation and removal of access to the Movebank study, Audubon will no longer have access to any data updates, but will continue to have the use of previously shared data.
Best practices for data sharing are to provide collaborator access to aggregated studies—i.e. single studies containing all data for a project rather than multiple studies with subsets of data from the same larger project—and live data feeds in Movebank when possible, with the following attributes and reference information: capture location, individual relocations, individual identifier, locational error, timestamp, age, sex, and mortality location. Pre-/post-deployment records and erroneous outliers should be removed; there are a variety of tools in Movebank to help you with these tasks.
Contact us if you need support—an Audubon or Movebank representative will assist you with contributing your data. Please provide datasets within one month of this agreement and respond in a timely manner to any questions regarding the data.
For more information about the goals of Audubon’s Migratory Bird Initiative, visit audubon.org/migration. On behalf of Audubon, we express a sincere thank you for supporting conservation of migratory birds.