Red-shouldered Hawk and Spring Woodpecker Survey

Birds Canada

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Project name: Birds Canada - Species at risk program

Data Access Policy

Red-shouldered Hawk and Spring Woodpecker Survey

Birds Canada's (BSC) policy is to encourage staff, volunteers, partners and others outside the organization to publish important findings, based in whole or in part on BSC data, in appropriate publications.  It is also BSC policy that appropriate credit is given to the organization for its contribution(s) to the publication of such findings.

All publication(s) or product(s) using any BSC data are required to adhere to the present policy.

Multiple uses of BSC data.

Unless otherwise arranged, any BSC data are provided to researchers/authors with the clear understanding that it will be used for one specific purpose only (e.g. proposed publication, graduate thesis). If the researchers/authors wish to use the same data for a purpose different from that of the original request, the researchers/authors must re-apply for permission.

Redistribution of the data

Without specific approval, no data provided by BSC can be distributed beyond the researchers/authors requesting the data. Raw data should not be made available for download through the Internet, but derived data (maps, tables) are usually acceptable. If you plan to present data on the Internet, the nature of the visualization(s) must be specified in your data request.

Approval Process

Requests for data at AKN level 3 or 4 must be accompanied by a 1-2 page written proposal outlining the nature and topic of the research, submitted with the data request through the data access portal on NatureCounts. If the proposal is acceptable, BSC staff will approve the data release and inform the researchers/authors. In some cases, BSC will have to consult with partners or clients before data can be released. Release of precise geographic locations of species at risk in particular will generally be restricted and only provided when the need has been clearly demonstrated.

Fee for Data

BSC data accessed through the NatureCounts web site do not normally entail any data processing fees. Requests that require additional manual data extractions or analyses will typically be charged a fee of CA$75 per hour, CA$500 per day or CA$1500 per week to extract and assemble data. BSC will consider waiving this fee, in part or in full, for project partners and not-for-profit researchers/authors.

Authorship and Acknowledgements

If a request for data includes proposed research with significant BSC staff contributions, then agreement on the role of involved staff, joint authorship, and order of authors on publications must be reached before the data are released.

The researchers/authors agree to acknowledge BSC (as well as the clients or partners when applicable) in all relevant publications using the statement provided below. BSC review of manuscripts (or parts thereof) before submission to journals is requested as a courtesy, especially in cases where BSC or client policy or operating practice is a subject of discussion or conclusions. 

We recommend that BSC data accessed from NatureCounts be cited as follow:

Birds Canada. 2008. Red-shouldered Hawk and Spring Woodpecker Survey. Data accessed from NatureCounts, a node of the Avian Knowledge Network, Birds Canada. Available: Accessed: <<date>>.

 In addition, we require that the following statement be included in the acknowledgement section of any publication:

We thank Birds Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources for supplying Red-shouldered Hawk and Spring Woodpecker Survey data. We would also like to thank all of the volunteer participants who gathered data for the project.

If data retrieved from NatureCounts are to be used for web-based products (maps, summaries, etc.), you must contact us( for instructions on applicable contributor/partner logo(s) and website link(s).


BSC and OMNR retain the copyright on all RSHA data provided to researchers/authors, unless the copyright has been legally transferred to a client.

Revocation of Privileges

Any researcher/author not abiding by this policy or the terms of the Data Request and Release Form and Publication Agreement may forfeit any future access to BSC data.