USFWS
Migratory Bird Management
Alaska Region

Shorebirds

PROJECTS

For more information about the following projects contact:

Richard B. Lanctot
Alaska Shorebird Coordinator
U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Migratory Bird Management
1011 E. Tudor Rd. MS 201
Anchorage, AK  99503
907-786-3609
Richard_lanctot@fws.gov

Breeding biology of shorebirds at Barrow, Alaska.  2003 will be the first of a multi-year project that will use marked individuals and experimental approaches to investigate factors that may regulate population growth.

Population estimate of wintering Buff-breasted Sandpipers.  Satellite image analyses and variable circular ground counts are being used to determine habitat availability and population size of this rare shorebird.

Connecting breeding and wintering sites of the Dunlin.  This collaborative project will examine where five Dunlin subspecies spend the winter, using marked individuals, genetics, and stable isotopes.

Ecotoxicology of shorebird eggs in Alaska.   This exploratory study will determine the presence and level of organochlorines and heavy metals in eggs collected from shorebird species that breed in the Arctic but winter in many parts of the world.

Ecotoxicology of migratory and wintering shorebirds.  Grant application pending.  This collaborative project will examine contaminant loads in shorebirds in Kansas and sites in Argentina and Brazil.

Juliana Bosi de Almeida (Ph.D. student, University of Nevada Reno)  Winter ecology of Buff-breasted Sandpipers in Brazil.  Juliana is investigating the abundance, site fidelity, seasonal use and movements of Buff-breasted Sandpipers using three major wintering sites in Brazil.

Audrey Taylor (Ph.D. student, University of Alaska Fairbanks)  Movements and physiology of shorebirds staging on Alaska's North Slope.  Audrey is documenting the distribution and abundance of pre-migratory shorebirds using Alaska's North Slope, and investigating whether physiological measurements (fat metabolism rate and stress levels) can be used to determine shorebird site use, tenure, and habitat quality.

Nathan Coutsoubos (Ph.D. student, University of Alaska Fairbanks)  Effects of habitat development and disturbance on breeding shorebirds.  Nathan is a new graduate student just beginning to develop his project on the North Slope.

 

Last Updated: September 18, 2008