IAB Research Project Description

Breeding Biology and Migration of King Eiders on Alaska's North Slope

King eider eggs in a nest. Credit: Courtesy of Abby Powell/IAB/BW/AKCRWRU-USGS/UAF

King eider. Credit: Photo by Keith Brady/Field Technician/UAF

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This project is on the breeding ecology and migration of a sea duck species that is an important food source for native subsistence hunters along the coast of Alaska. We provide information that helps to identify critical marine areas where conflicts with other uses such as oil and gas exploration could affect population numbers. The project also provides information on basic breeding ecology that will be necessary to predict potential effects of a warming climate on breeding grounds.

Project Funding

U.S. Geological Survey
1 Apr 2004 – 31 Dec 2011
IAB Proposal #04-069
IAB Project #153

Media Contact

Marie Thoms
Communications/Web Manager
Institute of Arctic Biology
302A Irving I
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7000
email: methoms@alaska.edu
phone: 907.474.7412