What is Oregon 2020?
We live on a dynamic planet where changes in land use and climate can produce ecosystem-wide effects. Good stewardship of natural resources depends on high-quality information. Anticipating and managing for future changes in our environment requires benchmark data on today’s distribution and abundance of biodiversity.
We are at a pivotal time when we have the knowledge and resources to produce high-quality measurements of biodiversity and to preserve that information in an easily accessible form.
Our goals include:
- Establish a state-wide, high-quality measurement of the abundance and distribution of Oregon birds.
- Use exactly repeatable methods that can be replicated by all scientists from today and into the future.
- Coordinate collaborative efforts between professional researchers and citizen scientists.
- Provide volunteer birders and citizen scientists with opportunities to contribute by counting birds and entering observations into eBird.
- Create a training program to enhance quality of data contributed by volunteers.
- Collaborate with interested parties to assemble and analyze existing data from established surveys such as the Breeding Bird Survey, Bird Atlas, and Avian Knowledge Northwest.
Our goal is to have a state-wide benchmark of Oregon’s birds by the year 2020. Our data will give future generations the ability to see changes in bird abundance from our time to their’s with “20/20 vision”
- Birds are sensitive to environmental change, and can be impacted by habitat changes across their full life-cycle from breeding and wintering grounds to migration routes. Oregon is important for birds all year long.
- Birds play many valuable ecological roles, so understanding their responses to environmental change is important.
- Birds are easily detected and relatively inexpensive to monitor.
- Birds have a wide public appeal thanks to their charismatic appearances and behaviors.
What will the end product look like?
Oregon 2020 will produce a treasure of information on the distribution and abundance of birds in Oregon. We will use modern techniques to map current distributions and abundances of birds, relying heavily on the quality data our field ornithologists and our volunteer network of birders contribute.
We will leave a legacy of data archived in eBird, Avian Knowledge Network, and other global biodiversity databases.
Below is an example of the detailed distribution and abundance maps produced by the Oregon 2020 project. These maps are created from a combination of citizen science and professional stationary counts. Citizen science data from within Oregon 2020 Hotspots were essential to capturing the range of Song Sparrow habitats within the Willamette Valley, Oregon. Ultimately, we at the Oregon 2020 project will provide you with similarly detailed statewide distribution and abundance maps for many of Oregon’s breeding birds.