M/V Tiglax Sails for Science
The M/V Tiglax provides critical support for biological work and management programs on the far-flung lands of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.
The M/V Tiglax (TEKH-lah - Aleut for eagle) and its crew work for the Refuge as its research and transportation support vessel. In a season, the Tiglax may sail to islands in Southeast Alaska, the far western end of the Aleutian Chain, and into the Bering Sea, typically traveling, 15,000 to 20,000 nautical miles.Sea-going Research Platform forSeabird surveysOceanographic studies Marine mammal studiesFish studiesTransport to Field Camps (personnel and supplies) forSeabird and marine mammal monitoringBiological inventoriesInvasive species managementArchaeological investigationsChartering the TiglaxDepending on space available on board or in the schedule, other agencies or universities may apply with projects that contribute to the understanding of marine resources and their management.To find out about charter costs, availability and the Tiglax schedule contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (attention Tiglax scheduler)Tiglax Quick Facts2011 Tiglax Field Season Report2010 Tiglax Field Season Report2009 Tiglax Field Season Report2008 Tiglax Field Season Report Sailing for Science Fact Sheet
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Biologists recently discovered Kittlitz’s murrelets nesting on Adak, and since then have searched the island for more birds. An elusive and little understood seabird, Kittlitz’s murrelets are a species of concern because of their low numbers and restricted range. Their cryptic mottled plumage and secretive behavior around their solitary nest sites makes locating murrelet nests seem a lot like looking for a needle in a haystack. If eyes are not the best tool for finding Kittlitz nests, what about noses? This summer a new member joined the team: Otto, a ten-month-old Deutsch-Drahthaar (akin to a German wirehair pointer). Even in the Aleutians, Otto is not the first dog to work alongside Refuge biologists. Read more about Otto and how we went to the dogs to bring back an endangered species.