Recent news and events at ABR.
ABR was recently awarded a project under the NASA ABoVE (Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment) program. ABR Senior Scientist, Dr. JJ Frost will be leading a multi-disciplinary project in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region with partners at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Ecoscience, the National Snow & Ice Data Center, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Western Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative. For more information and to read the abstract of this project, please visit:
ABR has monitored Brant and Snow Goose productivity along the central Arctic Coastal Plain since 1992 for the North Slope Borough. Aerial surveys have been used to monitoring Snow Goose and Brant colonies. In most years since 2000, with the assistance of North Slope Borough staff and residents, brood-rearing/molting Snow Geese were captured for banding. Recapture return data have been an important contribution to flyway management. Our field crew has recently returned from another successful year of banding!
The Oregon ABR office has been conducting volunteer Greater Sage Grouse lek surveys since 2010 with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's "Adopt-a-Lek" program. These surveys are in remote areas of eastern Oregon with the goal of surveying historical lek sites and looking for new lek sites.
ABR has conducted field surveys in Alaska for the seldom seen, spring vocalist: the Wood Frog. Wood Frogs can be found throughout much of Alaska, and is the only amphibian to be found north of the Arctic Circle. "Cryoprotectant" chemicals allow up to 65% of the water in a Wood Frog's body to crystallize into ice as the body temperature drops. This amazing adaptation allows Wood Frogs to hibernate during Alaska's long winters.