IAB Research Project Description

Avian Ecology in Northern Alaska within a Changing Environment

Smith's Longspur, North Slope, Alaska. Credit: Courtesy of Abby Powell/IAB/AKCFWRU

Teri McMillan, University of Alaska Fairbanks biology and wildlife graduate student, holds a Smith's Longspur, North Slope, Alaska. McMillian's advisor is Abby Powell, associate professor of wildlife ecology, Institute of Arctic Biology and Department of Biology and Wildlife, University of Alaska Fairbanks and assistant leader, Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Credit: Courtesy of Abby Powell/IAB/AKCFWRU/UAF

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The purpose of this project is to provide a frame work in which to better understand the ecology, including habitat requirements of northern Alaska’s avian species. The overall goal of this project is to research the distribution, abundance and life history of avian species of concern in northern Alaska. Initial work will focus on Smith’s Longspurs in the Arctic Refuge with the goal of expanding to other species and breeding areas in northern Alaska. Preliminary objectives include: Refine methods to measure abundance and distribution of Smith’s Longspurs; develop habitat-based models to predict the abundance and distribution of Smith’s Longspurs; and collect life history information to better understand breeding parameters such as nesting chronology, nest success/survival, habitat preferences and nest site requirements.

Project Funding

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
$13,500.00
25 Apr 2007 – 31 Mar 2012
IAB Proposal #07-086
UAF Grant #G4216
IAB Project #142


National Park Service
$23,500.00
31 Aug 2007 – 30 Aug 2012
IAB Proposal #08-066
UAF Grant #G4641
IAB Project #142


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