Migratory Bird Management
Alaska Region

Landbirds/ Raptors


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Johnson, J. A., L. C. DeCicco, S. M. Matsuoka, and A. L. Sowls. 2013. Nesting ecology of McKay’s Buntings on St. Matthew Island, Alaska. Wilson Journal of Ornithology, in press.

Johnson, J. A., S. M. Matsuoka, D. F. Tessler, R. Greenberg, and J. W. Fox. 2012. Tracking annual movements by Rusty Blackbirds breeding in south-central Alaska. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124:698–703.

Matsuoka, S. M., E. M. Bayne, P. Sólymos, P. C. Fontaine, S. G. Cumming, F. K. A. Schmiegelow, and S. J. Song. 2012. Using binomial distance-sampling models to estimate the effective detection radius of point-count surveys across boreal Canada. Auk 129:268–282.

Matsuoka, S. M., J. A. Johnson, and D. A. DellaSala. 2012. Succession of bird communities in young-temperate rainforests following thinning. Journal of Wildlife Management 76:919–931.


Booms, T. L., P. F. Schempf, B. J. McCaffery, M. S. Lindberg, and M. R. Fuller. 2011. Detection probability of gyrfalcons and other cliff-nesting raptors during aerial surveys in Alaska. Pages 259–263 in R. T. Watson, T. J. Cade, M. Fuller, G. Hunt, and E. Potapov (eds.). Gyrfalcons and ptarmigan in a changing world. The Peregrine Fund, Boise, Idaho.

Booms, T. L., S. L. Talbot, G. K. Sage, B. J. McCaffery, K. G. McCracken, and P. F. Schempf. 2011. Gyrfalcon nest site fidelity, breeding dispersal, and natal dispersal in Alaska using non-invasive genetic sampling. Pages 291–293 in R. T. Watson, T. J. Cade, M. Fuller, G. Hunt, and E. Potapov (eds.). Gyrfalcons and ptarmigan in a changing world. The Peregrine Fund, Boise, Idaho.

Fuller, M. R., P. F. Schempf, and T. L. Booms. 2011. Developing Gyrfalcon surveys and monitoring for Alaska. Pages 275–282 in R. T. Watson, T. J. Cade, M. Fuller, G. Hunt, and E. Potapov (eds.). Gyrfalcons and Ptarmigan in a Changing World, Volume I. The Peregrine Fund, Boise, Idaho.

Greenberg, R., D. W. Demarest, S. M. Matsuoka, C. Mettke-Hofmann, M. L. Avery, P. J. Blancher, D. Evers, P. B. Hamel, K. A. Hobson, J. Luscier, D. K. Niven, L. L. Powell, and D. Shaw. 2011. Understanding declines in Rusty Blackbirds. Studies in Avian Biology 41:107–125.


Barnard, W., C. Mettke-Hofmann, and S. M. Matsuoka. 2010. Prevalence of hematozoa infections among breeding and wintering Rusty Blackbirds. Condor 112:849–853.

Booms, T. L., F. Huettmann, and P. F. Schempf. 2010. Gyrfalcon nest distribution in Alaska based on a predictive GIS model. Polar Biology 33:347–358.

Greenberg, R., and S. M. Matsuoka. 2010. Rusty Blackbird: mysteries of a species in decline. Condor 112:770–777.

Handel, C. M., L. M. Pajot, S. M. Matsuoka, C. Van Hemert, J. Terenzi, S. L. Talbot, D. M. Mulcahy, C. U. Meteyer, and K. A. Trust. 2010. Epizootic of beak deformities among wild birds in Alaska: an emerging disease in North America? Auk 172:882–898.

Kissling, M. L., S. B. Lewis, and D. Cushing. 2010. Diet of the Western Screech-Owl in southeast Alaska. Western Birds 41.

Kissling, M. L., S. B. Lewis, and G. Pendleton. 2010. Factors influencing the detectability of forest owls in southeastern Alaska. Condor 112:539–548.

Matsuoka, S. M., and R. Greenberg (editors). 2010. Range-wide ecology of declining Rusty Blackbirds. Condor 112:770–861.

Matsuoka, S. M., D. Shaw, and J. A. Johnson. 2010. Estimating the abundance of nesting Rusty Blackbirds in relation to wetland habitats in Alaska. Condor 112:825–833.

Matsuoka, S. M., D. Shaw, P. H. Sinclair, J. A. Johnson, R. M. Corcoran, N. C. Dau, P. M. Meyers, and N. A. Rojek. 2010. Nesting ecology of Rusty Blackbirds in Alaska and Canada. Condor 112:810–824.


Booms, T. L., F. Huettmann, and P. F. Schempf [online]. 2009. Gyrfalcon nest distribution in Alaska based on a predictive GIS model. Polar Biology.

Booms, T. L., B. McCaffery, and P. Schempt. 2008. Molted-feather persistence and aging in a sub-arctic environment: implications for noninvasive genetic sampling. Condor 110:756–762.

Handel, C. M., S. D. Swanson, D. A. Nigro, and S. M. Matsuoka. 2009. Estimation of avian population sizes and species richness across a boreal landscape in Alaska. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 121:528–547.

Ip, H. S., P. L. Flint, J. C. Franson, R. J. Dusek, D. V. Derksen, R. E. Gill, Jr., C. R. Ely, J. M. Pearce, R. B. Lanctot, S. M. Matsuoka, D. B. Irons, J. B. Fischer, R. M. Oates, M. R. Petersen, T. F. Fondell, D. A. Rocque, J. C. Pedersen, and T. C. Rothe. 2008. Prevalence of influenza A viruses in wild migratory birds in Alaska: patterns of variation in detection at a crossroads of intercontinental flyways. Virology Journal.

Johnson, J. A., B. A. Andres, and J. A. Bissonette. 2008. Birds of the major mainland rivers of southeast Alaska. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report PNW-GTR-739, Portland, Oregon.

Lewis, S. B., and M. L. Kissling. 2009. A technique for capturing Western Screech-Owls (Megascops kennicottii) in southeast Alaska. North American Bird Bander 34:179–184.

Matsuoka, S. M., and J. A. Johnson. 2008. Using a multimodel approach to estimate the population size of McKay’s Buntings. Condor 110:371–376.


Benson, A.-M., B. A. Andres, W. N. Johnson, S. Savage, and S. M. Sharbaugh. 2006. Differential timing of Wilson’s Warbler migration in Alaska. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 118:547–551.

Lewis, S. B., K. Titus, and M. R. Fuller. 2006. Northern goshawk diet during the nesting season in Southeast Alaska. Journal of Wildlife Management 70:1151–1160.

Matsuoka, S. M., and C. M. Handel. 2007. Nesting ecology of boreal forest birds following a massive forest disturbance by spruce beetles. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:51–63.

Matsuoka, S. M., E. H. Holsten, M. E. Shephard, R. A. Werner, and R. E. Burnside (editors). 2006. Special issue: spruce beetles and forest ecosystems of south-central Alaska. Forest Ecology and Management 227:193–283.

Werner, R. A., E. H. Holsten, S. M. Matsuoka, and R. E. Burnside. 2006. Spruce beetles and forest ecosystems in south-central Alaska: a review of 30 years of research. Forest Ecology and Management 227:195–206.


Andres, B. A., B. T. Browne, and D. L. Brann. 2005. Composition, abundance, and timing of post-breeding migrant landbirds at Yakutat, Alaska. Wilson Bulletin 117:270–279.

Andres, B. A., M. J. Stotts, and J. M. Stotts. 2004. Breeding birds of research natural areas in southeastern Alaska. Northwestern Naturalist 85:95–103.

Johnson, J. A., S. M. Matsuoka, D. R. Ruthrauff, M. A. Litzow, and M. N. Dementyev. 2004. Additions to the avifauna of St. Matthew Islands, Bering Sea. Western Birds 35:50–52.

Lewis, S. B., M. R. Fuller, and K. Titus. 2004. A comparison of three methods for assessing raptor diet during the breeding season. Wildlife Society Bulletin 32:373–385.

Lewis, S. B., P. DeSimone, K. Titus, and M. R. Fuller. 2004. A video surveillance system for monitoring raptor nests in a temperate rainforest environment. Northwest Science 78:70–74.


Cotter, P.A., and B.A. Andres. 2000. Breeding bird habitat associations on the Alaska Breeding Bird Survey. U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division Information and Technology Report USGS/BRD/ITR-2000-0010.

Johnson, J.A. 2003. Breeding bird communities of major mainland rivers of southeastern Alaska. M.S. Thesis. Utah State University.

Lewis, S. B. 2003. Delivery and consumption of a pigeon guillemot by nesting northern goshawks in Southeast Alaska. Wilson Bulletin 115:483–485.

Matsuoka, S.M., C.M. Handel, and D.R. Ruthrauff. 2001. Densities of breeding birds and changes in vegetation in an Alaskan boreal forest following a massive disturbance by spruce beetles. Canadian Journal of Zoology 79:1678–1690.

Smith, W.P., M.J. Stotts, B.A. Andres, J.M. Melton, A. Garibaldi, and K. Boggs. 2001. Bird, mammal, and vegetation community survey of Research Natural Areas in the Tongass National Forest. USDA Forest Service Research Paper PNW-RP-535, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Portland OR.


Ayers, L.W., P.F. Schempf, and S. H. Anderson. Strategies for monitoring merlin (Falco columbarius) populations in North America. p. 56., 1999, Special Issue:

Abstracts of the Raptor Research Foundation Annual Meeting Raptor Research Foundation Annual Meeting, November 3–7, 1999, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Bowman, T.D, and P.F. Schempf. 1999. Detection of bald eagles during aerial surveys in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Journal of Raptor Research, 33(4): 299–304.

Gende, S.M., M.F. Willson, B.H. Marston, M.J. Jacobson, and W.P. Smith. 1998. Bald eagle nesting density and success in relation to distance from clearcut logging in southeast Alaska. Biological Conservation, 83(2): 121–126.

Handel, C.M., S.M. Matsuoka, and D.C. Douglas. 1998. The Alaska Landbird Resources Information System, Version 98.1. USGS Alaska Biological Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska. (

Jacobson, M.J., and J.I. Hodges. 1999. Population trend of adult bald eagles in southeast Alaska, 1967–97. Journal of Raptor Research, 33(4): 295–298.

Swem, T., T. Woods, and P. Schempf. 1998. The Queen Charlotte goshawk (Accipiter gentilis laingi) and the Endangered Species Act. Raptor Research Foundation Annual Meeting 31–32. Abstract only.

Wright, A.L., G.D. Hayward, S.M. Matsuoka, and P.H. Hayward. 1998. The Townsend's Warbler (Dendroica townsendi). In Birds of North America, No. 333 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

Bernatowicz, J.A., P.F. Schempf, and T.D. Bowman. 1996. Bald Eagle productivity in south-central Alaska in 1989 and 1990 after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. 1996. Amer. Fish. Soc. Sym. 18:785–797.

Bowman, T.D, P.F. Schempf, and J.I. Hodges. 1997. Bald eagle population in Prince William Sound after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Journal of Wildlife Management, 61(3): 962–967.

Gende, S.M., M. F. Willson, and M. Jacobson. 1997. Reproductive success of bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and its association with habitat or landscape features and weather in southeast Alaska. Canadian Journal of Zoology 75(10):1595–1604.

Matsuoka, S.M. 1996. Habitat selection and nestling ecology of Townsend's Warblers (Dendroica townsendi) in southcoastal Alaska. M.S. Thesis. University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Matsuoka, S.M., C.M. Handel, and D.D. Roby. 1997. Nesting ecology of Townsend's Warblers in relation to habitat characteristics in a mature boreal forest. Condor 99:271–281.

Matsuoka, S.M., C.M. Handel, D.D. Roby, and D.L. Thomas. 1997. The relative importance of nesting and foraging sites in selection of breeding territories by Townsend's Warblers. Auk 114:657–667.

Schempf, P.F. 1997. Bald eagle longevity record from southeastern Alaska. Journal of Field Ornithology, 68(1): 150–151.

Bowman, T.D., P.F. Schempf, and J.A. Bernatowicz 1995. Bald eagle survival and population dynamics in Alaska after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. 1995. Journal of Wildlife Management 59: 317–324.

Garcelon, D.K., E.G. Lobkov, M.J. McGrady, M.R. Fuller, I. Utekhina, P. Schempf, E.R. Potapov, and H. Nakagawa. 1994. Preliminary report on the status of Steller's sea eagles in Russia. Journal of Raptor Research, 28(1): 57. 1994. Abstract only.

Jacobson, M.J. 1995. Bald eagle surveys in Alaska's Chilkat Valley, 1984–94. Journal of Raptor Research, 29(1): 58–59. Abstract only.

Schempf, P.F. 1994. Bald eagle nesting chronology and implications for surveys. Journal of Raptor Research, 28(1): 65. 1994. Abstract only.


Blakely, K.L., J.A. Crawford, and R.M. Oates. 1993. Temporal variation in the diets of California quail in western Oregon. Great Basin Naturalist 53:305–309.

Bloom, P.H., J.L. Henckel, E.H. Henckel, J.K. Schmutz, B. Woodbridge, J.R. Bryan, R.L. Anderson, P.J. Detrich, T.L. Maechtle, J.O. McKinley, M.D. McCrary, K. Titus, and P.F. Schempf. 1992. The dho-gasa with great-horned owl lure: an analysis of its effectiveness in capturing raptors. Journal of Raptor Research, 26(3): 167–178.

Henny, C.J., B. Conant, and D.W. Anderson. 1993. Recent distribution and status of nesting bald eagles in Baja California, Mexico. Journal of Raptor Research 27:203–209.

Jacobson, M.J. 1993. A review of the bald eagle translocation projects in Alaska. Journal of Raptor Research, 27(1):74.

Kralovec, M.L., M.R. Fuller, P.F. Schempf, and M.R. Vaughan. 1993. Use of satellite telemetry in monitoring bald eagle movements. Journal of Raptor Research, 27(1): 76. 1993. Abstract only.


Ambrose, R.E., R.J. Ritchie, P.F. Schempf, T. Swem, and R. Dittrick. 1985. Status of peregrine populations in Alaska since 1965. Raptor Research Foundation Symposium on the Management of Birds of Prey. International Meeting. Session 4. International Peregrine Conference Twenty-year Anniversary Meeting. p. 1. 1985. Abstract only.

Ambrose, R.E., R. J. Ritchie, C.M. White, P.F. Schempf, T. Swem, and R. Dittrick. 1988. Changes in the status of peregrine falcon populations in Alaska. Pages 73–82 In Peregrine Falcon Populations. Their Management and Recovery (T.J. Cade, J.H. Enderson, C.G. Thelander and C.M. White, eds).

Blakely, K.L., J.A. Crawford, R.M. Oates and K.M. Kilbride. 1988. Invertebrate matter in the diet of California quail in western Oregon. Murrelet 69:75–78.

Conant, B., A.N. Novara, and C.J. Henny. 1984. Monitoring bald eagle nesting in Baja California, Mexico. Journal of Raptor Research 18:36–37.

Crawford, J.A. and R.M. Oates. 1986. Sex and age ratios of shot and trapped California quail. Wildlife Society Bulletin 14:380–382.

Curtis, P.D., P.D. Doerr, P.D., R.M. Oates, and K.H. Pollock. 1989. Whistling-cock indices as a measure of northern bobwhite harvest in North Carolina. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 43:253–259.

Hansen, A.J. and J.I. Hodges. 1985. High rates of nonbreeding adult bald eagles in southeastern Alaska. Journal of Wildlife Management 49:454–458.

Hodges, J.I. 1982. Bald eagle nesting studies in Seymour Canal, southeast Alaska. Condor 84: 125–127.

Hodges, J.I., E.L. Boeker, and A.J. Hansen, 1987. Movements of radio-tagged bald eagles, Haliaeetus leucocephalus in and from southeastern Alaska. Canadian Field-Naturalist 101:136–140.

Hodges, J.I., J.G. King, and R. Davies. 1984. Bald eagle breeding population survey of coastal British Columbia. Journal of Wildlife Management 48:993–998.

Oates, R.M. and J.A. Crawford 1983. Effects of habitat manipulation on California quail in western Oregon. Journal of Wildlife Management 47:229–234.

Schempf, P.F. 1989. Raptors in Alaska. National Wildlife Federation Scientific Technical Series. 12:144–154.


Crawford, J. A., R.M. Oates, and D.H. Helfer. 1979. Avian pox in California quail from Oregon. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 15: 447–449.

Dau, C.P. and J. Paniyak. 1977. Hoopoe, a first record for North America. Auk 94:601.

Dau, C.P., and D.D. Gibson. 1974. Common rosefinch, a first record for North America. Auk 91:185–186.

Hodges, J.I., J.G. King, and F.C. Robards. 1979. Resurvey of the bald eagle breeding population in southeast Alaska. Journal of Wildlife Management 43:219–221.


Last Updated: February 5, 2013