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Avian Research

Kililuda Bay Crew
  • Kittlitzs Murrelet Study

    Chick on a nest

    The Kittlitz's murrelet is a rare and mysterious seabird that nests on Kodiak's remote and rocky slopes. The Refuge has conducted a study on nesting ecology and habitat of the bird since 2008.

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  • Seabird Colony Survey

    Red Faced Cormorants

    Most species of seabirds are colonial and nest in the cliff faces and hills along Kodiak's rocky coast. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has periodically surveyed seabird colonies on Kodiak since 1975.

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  • Steller's Eider Aerial Survey

    Stellers Eider

    The Steller's Eider is currently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and is a Refuge species of conservation concern. Aerial surveys help provide an estimate of wintering populations along Kodiak's coastline.

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  • Bald Eagle Survey

    Eagle in tree

    Although Bald Eagles are common on Kodiak, the Refuge has surveyed populations since 1950, and currently carries out an aerial survey to count nesting pairs every 5 years.

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  • MAPS Bird Banding

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    MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) is a nation-wide citizen science program to capture, measure, and band landbirds to better understand their populations. Since 2010, Kodiak Refuge has partnered with the Kodiak Audubon Society and Kodiak College to run a MAPS station near the Kodiak Refuge Buskin River Headquarters.

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  • Nearshore Marine Bird Monitoring

    Nearshore Monitoring

    In 2011, the Refuge initiated a nearshore avian monitoring study to monitor coastal bird populations. This study follows the protocol of the National Park Service's Southwest Alaska Network (SWAN) Nearshore Marine Bird Survey.

    Refuge biologists have also developed a helpful Survey ID Guide to help identify and age some of the marine bird species found on the survey route.

  • Breeding Bird Survey


    Established in the 1980s, breeding bird surveys are an annual road-system monitoring program conducted by volunteers over 2 26-mile routes between June 4th and July 4th. 

Last Updated: Apr 08, 2015
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