Prioritizing Migratory Bird Stopover Habitat Along Great Lakes Shorelines.

This report describes the first phase of this project, which developed the spatial predictions that are shown on the Map page and which can be downloaded on the Downloads page. It explains the models, methods, and the literature used to support them; describes additional criteria known or hypothesized to be important for stopover habitat quality and migration decisions that could not be included in the model, and discusses the results.

Suggested Citation: Ewert, D.N., P.J. Doran, K.R. Hall, A. Froehlich, J. Cannon, J.B. Cole, and K.E. France. 2012. On a wing and a (GIS) layer: Prioritizing migratory bird stopover habitat along Great Lakes shorelines. Final report to the Upper Midwest/Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative.

Model output data

Please click here to view the ReadMe file and then download the data. Metadata are included with the spatial files.

Model Toolbox (ArcGIS)

Please click here to view the ReadMe file before using or downloading the data. Metadata are included with the spatial files but can also be downloaded separately here.

User’s Guide to the Stopover Model

Click here to download the user guide to the Great Lakes Stopover Model data as implemented in this web portal.

Help Document for the Interactive Mapper on this Portal

To learn more about how to use the interactive map and map tools click here to download the help document, which will guide you through the many options and provide examples.


The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service supported development of this application. TNC collaborated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the University of Southern Mississippi, many conservation organizations, universities, and corporations to model stopover habitat and create this web portal.