Recent news and events at ABR.
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.
ABR employees Bob Day and Ashley Hovis, as part of the CSESP (Chukchi Sea Environmental Studies Program), visited Barrow in July to present a Marine Biology class to kids at the Minŋiq (Impact) Camp.