Birds of Brier Island

Mary Kennedy, OBIS Canada

Dataset credit

OBIS and OBIS Canada


Primary contact Mary Kennedy Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Secondary contact Eric Mills Department of Oceanography
Secondary contact Lance Laviolette Nova Scotian Institute of Science


Mills, Eric L. and Lance Laviolette. 2016. Birds of Brier Island. Version 1 In OBIS Canada Digital Collections. Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, NS, Canada. Published by OBIS, Digital Accessed on –INSERT DATE
Kennedy, M. 2020. Birds of Brier Island. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP ( on yyyy-mm-dd and originated from OBIS (


The following resource is based on content included in a special publication providing an overview of the visiting and nesting birds that have traveled through Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy region and made a stopover on Brier Island. This resource contains a list of what is or has been present on and around the island. NOTE: Not all taxa recorded in this list are regular visitors or inhabitants of the island - any migratory species might be found moribund on the coast or taking refuge on a ship’s rigging in the middle of the Bay of Fundy.

This version of the resource contains species presence information only and the observation location information has been generalized to a nominal set of coordinates for the island. Please consult the original publication (Mills and Laviolette, 2011) for detailed information on each species.

The 356 species described in the manuscript were classified based on the American Ornithologists' Union checklist ( This resource has retained this classification but each taxon has also been associated with scientific name IDs (life science identifiers/LSIDs) based upon entries in the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) or the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).

This version of the resource contains observations from 1880 to January 1, 2016.



Supplemental information

This dataset was downloaded from OBIS ( The records for only marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles and rays and sharks were extracted. Records with no longitude/latitude or no date (eventDate) were excluded.
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Mills, Eric L. and Lance Laviolette. 2016. Birds of Brier Island. Version 1 In OBIS Canada Digital Collections. Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, NS, Canada. Published by OBIS, Digital Accessed on –INSERT DATE



This section explains attributes included in the original dataset. OBIS-SEAMAP restricts the attributes available to the public to date/time, lat/lon and species names/counts only. Should you need other attributes described here, you are encouraged to contact the data provider.

Attributes described below represent those in the original dataset provided by the provider.
All attributes are included in the downloadable file (CSV or ESRI File Geodatabase) for "Complete Set of Dataset".

Attributes in dataset

Attribute (table column)Description
oidInternal ID
idRecord ID
dataset_idDataset ID
scientificnameScientific name
vernacularnameVernacular name
aphiaidAphia ID
taxonranktaxononic rank
individualcountGroup size / individual count
eventdateEvent date (precision varies)
eventtimeEvent time
decimallatitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
decimallongitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
coordinateprecisionCoordinate precision
catalognumberCatalog number
collectioncodeCollection code
occurrencestatusOccurrence status
basisofrecordBasis of record (HumanObservation / MachineObservation)
modifiedDate/time the record was modified
node_idNode ID
occurrenceidOccurrence ID
occurrenceremarksOccurrence remarks
eventidEvent ID
institutioncodeInstitution code
lifestageLife stage
sexGender of the animal if known
speciesSpecies by provider
datasetidDataset ID by provider
localityLocation of ocean
waterbodyDetails of ocean
droppedFlag indicating the record was dropped (always false)
absenceFlag indicating the record represents the absence of the species (always false)
marineFlag indicating the record is for marine life (always true)
Marine mammals0
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2016-01-01
Date, End2016-01-01
Temporal prec.100000
Latitude44.26 - 44.26
Longitude-66.36 - -66.36
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
Data typeAnimal sighting
Traveled (km)0
Contr. throughiOBIS
Sharing policy CC-BY (All)
Also available in None
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