The volume is a joint publication of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Association (MME) with 1.5 million characters of text, 1,700 maps and graphs, and one and a half hundred photos, and the results of ten years of work in its communication.
As they write, the book prepares data collected by more than 1,600 surveyors, mostly MME volunteers, with about 100,000 hours of work analyzed using modern computer methods. 64 authors, 15 reviewers and 6 editors worked on compiling the book, which is illustrated by 61 photographers.
The communication emphasizes that the mapping of some bird species that are more difficult to assess greatly helped the fact that the Ministry of Agriculture’s KEHOP tender partially surveyed 635 sample areas of thirty specialists.
Hungary’s bird atlas is currently not commercially available, nor can it be purchased from the association. Printed copies are distributed by publishers, authors, and the general public to publishers, but the full book, complete with summary tables, electronic appendices, and modeling background materials, is available at madaratlasz.mme.hu Internet address.
As they write, the Bird Atlas Program (MAP) has been launched, which has an electronic ornament with ornithological data, and has been transformed into an updated collection portal illustrated with maps (térkép.mme.hu). During the analysis of the 30 million data records collected in this way, Tibor Szép, the university professor of the University of Nyíregyháza, uses completely new tools in the experts of MME. With multivariate methods, apparently called international experiences, a new map display, the atlas shows where and in what number each species occurs on hundreds of maps.
The Everyday Bird Monitoring (MMM) program, which has been running since 1999, has now provided a detailed presentation and analysis of stock changes and stocking density maps in a number of cases in a database spanning two decades.