ARPHA Preprints, doi: 10.3897/arphapreprints.e126086
Occurrence dataset of campus birds in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China
expand article infoXiao Jun§, Ding Chen§, Zheping Xu|, Yong Zhang§
‡ Co-Innovation Center for Sustainable Forestry in Southern China, Nanjing, China§ College of Life Science, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, China| Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
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The protection of urban biodiversity plays a critical role in maintaining urban ecological security. As a unique taxon of urban wildlife, birds have been intensively used as an indicator of our surrounding environment. Although the diversity of urban bird species has received increasing attention, present studies are mainly focused on urban parks. As one of the important components of the urban ecosystem, the university campus also plays a critical role in maintaining bird diversity. Due to the lack of observation data, it is a challenge to evaluate the impact of the environmental conditions on campus bird diversity. Given the most concentrated higher education resources in China, Nanjing has a large number of universities, covering a wide area of the urban landscape. The landscape of these universities usually has a high percentage of green space as well as water bodies, which is conducive to attracting various bird species to inhabit. Here, we conducted a one-year bird survey from January 2019 to December 2019 in 12 universities in Nanjing and provided an occurrence dataset containing detailed species and geographical information, providing a good source to study the ecological and anthropogenic factors on urban bird diversity on a local and larger scale.

This dataset represents the first annual record of birds publicly released by 12 universities in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. It includes classification information, population, distribution, and survey details. All data has been published on GBIF.

University area, avian community composition, urbanization