Recent news and events at ABR.
If you are attending the Resource Development Council's Alaska Resources Conference in Anchorage this week, stop by and visit with us. We have a fantastic, interactive display and our staff will be on hand to discuss our services. In addition, ABR will make a $10 donation to one of three non-profits (your choice of Doctors Without Border, The Nature Conservancy of Alaska or Bean's Cafe), when you drop your business card in the bowl.
Senior Scientist, Adrian Gall attended the World Seabird Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. She presented a paper on "Habitat associations of the seabird community in the Northeastern Chukchi Sea". There were 550 participants from 41 countries. It was a wonderful opportunity to share research supported by our clients with an international community dedicated to seabird conservation.
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.