ABR provided technical assistance, designed, and produced a poster, Birds in Alaska’s North Slope Oil Fields: Migratory Pathways, showing the routes of selected species most commonly seen within the oil fields. More than 200 species of birds, including waterfowl, shorebirds and passerines, migrate to the North Slope each spring to breed. A few species are year-round residents.
Most of the North Slope’s migratory birds travel long distances on regular routes between their traditional breeding and wintering areas, although a few may winter in Alaska. Species may winter in temperate North America, Central and South America, or go as far south as the Antarctic Ocean or west into Asia.
The poster features birds highlighted in two field guides that ABR developed, Birds in Alaska's North Slope Oil Fields (2011) and Birds in the Northeastern Chukchi Sea (2012). Like the poster, the field guides were prepared for educational purposes, enabling workers and other untrained observers to identify species they may see in the course of their work.