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Congrats to Senior Scientist Rick Johnson and co-authors Alex Prichard (ABR Senior Scientist), Ann Wildman (ABR emeritus), and Caryn Rea (ConocoPhillips Alaska) on their forthcoming Journal of Wildlife Management article, “Territory Occupancy by Breeding Yellow-billed Loons near Oil Development.” Their findings suggest that breeding pairs and broods of Yellow-billed Loons (Gavia adamsii) on the Colville River delta are resilient to levels of human activity at recently constructed oilfield facilities. The article is available on line; you can read it by clicking on this link. See also a summary of the article on our website here.
All around the Arctic from Norway to Russia to Alaska, arctic foxes (Vulpes lagopus) are finding themselves nose-to-nose with a new challenge: the bigger and more aggressive red fox (Vulpes vulpes). Evidence of this change is presented in 3 recent peer-reviewed articles co-authored by ABR biologists (Berteaux et al. 2017, Colson et al. 2017, Elmhagen et al. 2017).
A new paper co-authored by ABR Senior Scientists Brian A. Cooper and Robert H. Day illustrates conservation issues being faced by seabirds in the Hawaiian Islands. Populations of Hawaiian Petrels (Pterodroma sandwichensis) and Newell’s Shearwaters (Puffinus newlli) have been declining over the past 25 years, based on counts of both species on ornithological radar and on recoveries of newly fledged shearwaters in the island-wide “Save Our Shearwaters” (SOS) program.
When oil spills on the North Slope of Alaska, Senior Scientist “Tundra Tim” Cater is often called in to provide advice on the strategy for clean-up. He developed a set of guidelines to share with responders that provides the nuts-and-bolts mechanics for implementing those strategies. The 3rd edition of the Tundra Treatment Guidelines has been recently added to the Technical Guidance page of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC)’s Contaminated Sites Program, where it is available to download. These guidelines address the impacts of spills on tundra in the Arctic environment, and provide a selection of response tactics to: (1) recover contaminants; (2) rehabilitate affected lands; and (3) assess and monitor impacts to the environment. This manual acknowledges that the ecological damage from a cleanup can sometimes be greater than the deleterious effects of residual contamination. Our primary goal is to help responders strike a balance between these two objectives.