USFWS
Migratory Bird Management
Alaska Region

Waterfowl

Reports

Molting and Wintering Spectacled Eider Surveys

Spectacled eiders were listed as threatened in 1993 due to declining populations on the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta, Alaska. Little was known of the distribution of the birds during the non-breeding season. A combination of satellite telemetry and aerial survey techniques resulted in documenting locations of spectacled eiders during staging, molting, and wintering. The following is a list of reports detailing this work.

Larned, W.W., and B. McCaffery. 1993. Trip report Norton Sound eider survey August 30-31, 1993. Trip report, 3 September 1993. 8pp.

Laing, K., and R. Platte. 1994. Ledyard and Peard Bays Spectacled eider surveys. Trip report, 18-19 Aug 1994. 11pp.

Larned, W., K. Laing, R. Platte, and J.I. Hodges. 1994. Location and characteristics of spectacled eider molting and wintering areas, 1994. Progress report, 11 Oct 1994. 14pp.

Larned, W.W., G.R. Balogh, and M.R. Petersen. 1995. Late Winter distribution of spectacled eiders (Somateria fischeri) in the Bearing Sea 1995. Field report, 15 Sept 1995. 10 pp.

Larned, W.W., G.R. Balogh, and M.R. Petersen. 1995. Distribution and abundance of spectacled eiders (Somateria fischeri) in Ledyard Bay, Alaska September 1995. Unpubl. Rept., U.S. Fish and Wildl. Serv. Anchorage, AK. (481kb, pdf),continued,(520kb, pdf) continued(494kb, pdf).

Larned, W.W., J.I. Hodges, and M.R. Peterson. 1995. Distribution and abundance of spectacled eiders (Somateria fischeri) Mechigmenskiya Bay, Chukotka, Russia September 1995. Field report, 30 November 1995. 7pp.

Larned, W.W.,and T.J. Tiplady. 1996. Distribution and abundance of sea ducks in Kuskokwim bay, Alaska September 1996. Field Report 17 Dec 1996. 5pp.

Larned, W.W., and T.J. Tiplady. 1997. Late winter population and distribution of spectacled eiders (Somateria fischeri) in the Bering Sea 1996-1997.(567kb, pdf) ,continued,(418kb, pdf) continued(219kb, pdf).

Larned, W.W., and T. Tiplady. 1999. Late winter population and distribution of Spectacled Eiders (Somateria fishcheri)in the Bering Sea 1998. Field Report, January 21, 1999. 10pp

Fischer, J.B., T.J. Tiplady, and W.W. Larned. 2002. Monitoring Beaufort Sea Waterfowl and marine birds, aerial survey component. USFWS MBM, Anchorage, AK OCS study, MMS 2002-002.

Larned, W.L., K. Bollinger, and R. Stehn.  Late winter population and distribution of spectacled eiders (Somateria fischeri) in the Bering Sea 2009 & 2010. Field Report January 12, 2012.

Last Updated: November 30, 2012