Denis Lepage’s most notable work is his creation of a massive online resource on birds, the Avibase. As a passionate birdwatcher, it all started as a personal endeavour of having a catalogue for his own sightings. Eventually, it became more than that. The database is standing for more than 20 years now and it has been available online since 2003. It hosts an astounding 14 million records - encompassing 10,000 species and 22,000 subspecies of birds with details on their taxonomy, distribution and synonyms in many languages.
Aside from overseeing the database he founded, he is currently a Senior Scientist at the
, Bird Studies
Canada. His resolve in creating the database is rooted in a disciplined
organization of the entire bird taxonomy, with the utmost goal of mapping out the evolution of bird taxonomy and
devising concrete solutions for inconsistencies in taxonomic concepts and scientific
names. In response to these nomenclature intricacies, he submitted a paper in
ZooKeys (http://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=3906)whereby his concepts
are integrated in Avibase and can then be utilized by other taxonomic groups. National Data
Furthermore, over 10,000 checklists from different countries and regions can be accessed in Avibase. This database encourages people to actively participate by contributing data and sharing their experiences. No doubt that many birdwatchers, along with educators and enthusiasts alike, find his database very useful and interactive.
Being a collaborator of SeaLifeBase, he has supplied invaluable information on seabirds. For that, we are grateful and hopeful for more years of collaborating with you.
Biodiversity Heritage Library. Avibase, The World Bird Database. http://blog.biodiversitylibrary.org/2014/08/avibase-world-bird-database.html [Accessed 4/19/2015].