U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Shorebirds

Overview

Because of its size, northerly position and pristine habitats, Alaska provides breeding habitat for more shorebirds than any other state in the U.S. Of the 71 species of shorebirds that occur in Alaska; 37 of these regularly breed here while 9 others breed irregularly, or annually but in small numbers. Alaska is unique in that it hosts most of the world’s population of three shorebird species, entire population of five subspecies and large portions of North American populations of six other species or subspecies. In total, Alaska hosts between 7 and 12 million shorebirds, or as much as 50% of all the shorebirds that occur in North America.

Rock Sandpiper
Rock Sandpiper. Photo credit: USFWS.
Rock Sandpiper Hatchling
Rock Sandpiper Hatchling. Photo credit: USFWS

Habitat & Migration

In terms of essential habitat, Alaska has more than 50 shorebird migration staging or stopover sites that qualify as Western Hemisphere or East Asian-Australasian Shorebird Reserve Network sites. At 10 of these sites concentrations exceed 1 million birds, with sites like the Copper River Delta hosting between five and eight million shorebirds each spring. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta likely supports an equal number shorebirds but they occur mostly during summer and autumn. Indeed the world’s largest aggregations of shorebirds are thought to occur on the Copper River Delta.

This vast network of migration sites host the arrival and exodus of shorebirds to and from Alaska during each spring and fall. Only 6 of the 43 taxa that regularly occur in Alaska winter there. But of these 43 regularly occurring taxa, some portion of the populations of 38 winter outside the U.S. while entire populations of 18 others migrate to Central and South America or East Asia-Australasia and South Pacific countries (Oceania). Alaska's shorebirds are not only a national resource; but they also provide international links to over 40 countries distributed on five continents.

Conservation Plans

Pacific Americas Shorebird Conservation Strategy

The Pacific Americas Shorebird Conservation Strategy sets shorebird conservation targets, identifies major threats, and identifies highly effective actions to restore and maintain shorebird populations throughout the Pacific Americas Flyway.  The strategy presents the most pressing conservation needs in the flyway between Alaska and Chile, while also considering the human communities that interact with shorebirds.  

Alaska Shorebird Conservation Plan, Version III

In recognition of declines among perhaps half of Alaska’s breeding shorebirds, ongoing or emerging threats to shorebirds and their habitats, and considerable knowledge of Alaska’s shorebirds acquired over the past decade, the Alaska Shorebird Group decided that the Alaska Shorebird Conservation Plan was due for updates. Similar to Version II (2008), we structured the plan in two parts: Part I identifies Alaska’s nearly 30 priority species, their conservation threats, and strategies / objectives to improve statewide conservation, and Part II considers these three elements for Alaska’s five Bird Conservation Regions (as well as many specific actions). In addition to special recognition paid to species of greatest and high conservation concern, we included “Stewardship” species, defined as those species for which Alaska supports at least half of a population during its annual cycle. Climate change and severe weather, pollution, and energy- and mining-related activities ranked highest among conservation concerns in Alaska. Supplementing our tools for implementing conservation (research, inventory/monitoring, habitat management/protection, education/outreach, international collaboration), we introduced an evaluation of conservation progress to increase accountability. Based on considerable advances in tracking technologies largely unavailable prior to Version II, this plan stresses conservation approaches that recognize species’ full annual cycles. annual cycles.

These revisions reflect the hard work and dedication of shorebird enthusiasts from numerous federal, state, and non-profit agencies, as well as university and private individuals. In particular, Dan Ruthrauff, River Gates, Chris Harwood, Jim Johnson, and Rick Lanctot served as editors over the nearly four years that it took for the Alaska Shorebird Group to complete these revisions. The plan is only a success to the extent that it proves useful in guiding the conservation of this unique and charismatic wildlife resource, it is with this hope, and with great pleasure, that the Alaska Shorebird Group releases Version III of the Alaska Shorebird Conservation Plan.

 

U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan

The United States Shorebird Conservation Plan is a partnership effort of state and federal agencies, non-governmental conservation organizations, academic institutions, and individuals from across the country committed to restoring and maintaining stable and self-sustaining populations of shorebirds in the U.S. and throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Program for Regional and International Shorebird Monitoring

The Boreal Committee within the Program for Regional and International Shorebird Monitoring prepared this discussion paper (1.5mb pdf) that assesses the status of shorebirds that breed in the boreal region of North America, and explores potential methods for monitoring their populations, particularly on the breeding grounds.

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.

2018 – present    Lindsay Hermanns, MS student, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

2017 – present    Jillian Cosgrove, MS student, Oregon State University

2016 – present    Johannes Krietsch, PhD student, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany

2016 – present    Ben Lagassé, MS student, University of Colorado Denver

To receive a copy of a publication or report listed here, please contact:
Richard_lanctot@fws.gov
or call 907-786-3609

PUBLICATIONS

Johnston, A., T. Auer, D. Fink, M. Strimas-Mackey, M. Lliff, K. Rosenberg, S. Brown, R. Lanctot, A.D. Rodewald, and S. Kelling. (in press). Performance of abundance distributions and range maps in spatial conservation planning for migratory species. Ecological Applications.

Kwon, E., E.L. Weiser, R.B. Lanctot, S. Brown, H.R. Gates, H.G. Gilchrist, S.J. Kendall, D.B. Lank, J.R. Liebezeit, L. McKinnon, E. Nol, D.C. Payer, J. Rausch, D.J. Rinella, S.T. Saalfeld, N.R. Senner, P.A. Smith, D. Ward, R.W. Wisseman, and B.K. Sandercock. (in press). Geographic variation in the intensity of warming and phenological mismatch between Arctic shorebirds and invertebrates. Ecological Monographs.

Saalfeld, S.T., D.C. McEwen, D.C. Kesler, M.G. Butler, J.A. Cunningham, A.C. Doll, W.B. English, D.E. Gerik, K. Grond, P. Herzog, B.L. Hill, B.J. Lagassé, and R.B. Lanctot. 2019. Phenological mismatch in Arctic-breeding birds: impact of snow melt and unpredictable weather conditions on food availability and chick growth.  Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5248.

Bulla, M. †, J. Reneerkens†, E.L. Weiser†, M. Valcu1, A. Sokolov, A.R. Taylor, B. Sittler, B.J. McCaffery, D.R. Ruthrauff, D.H. Catlin, D.C. Payer, D.H. Ward, D.V. Solovyeva, E.S.A. Santos, E. Rakhimberdiev, E. Nol, E. Kwon, G.S. Brown, G.D. Hevia, H.R. Gates, J.A. Johnson, J.A. van Gils, J. Hansen, J-F. Lamarre, J. Rausch, J.R. Conklin, J. Liebezeit, J. Bêty, J. Lang, J.A. Alves, J. Fernández-Elipe, K. Michael-Exo, L. Bollache, M. Bertellotti, M-A. Giroux33, M. van de Pol34, M. Johnson35, M.L. Boldenow, M. Soloviev, N. Sokolova, N.R. Senner, N. Lecomte, N. Meyer, N. Martin Schmidt, O. Gilg, P.A. Smith, P. Machín, R.L. McGuire, R.A.S. Cerboncini, R. Ottvall, R.S.A. van Bemmelen, R.J. Swift, S.T. Saalfeld, S.E. Jamieson, S. Brown, T. Piersma, T. Albrecht, V. D’Amico, R.B. Lanctot†, and B. Kempenaers†. (in press). Technical Comment on “Global pattern of nest predation is disrupted by climate change in shorebirds”. Science.  core team of authors who developed manuscript.

Tiusanen, M., T. Huotari, P.D.N. Hebert, T. Andersson, A. Asmus, J. Bȇty, E. Davis, J. Gale, B. Hardwick, D. Hik, C. Körner, R.B. Lanctot, M.J.J.E.. Loonen, R. Partanen, K. Reischke, S.T. Saalfeld, F. Senez-Gagnon, P.A. Smith, J. Sulavik, I. Syvänperä, C. Urbanowicz, S. Williams, P. Woodard, Y. Zaika, and T. Roslin. 2018. Flower-visitor communities of an arcto-alpine plant – Global patterns in species richness, phylogenetic diversity and ecological functioning. Molecular Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/mec.14932.

Aldabe, J., R.B. Lanctot, P. Rocca, D. Blanco, and P. Inchausti. 2018. Managing grasslands to maximize shorebird use and livestock production. Journal of Rangeland Ecology and Management. RAMA-00333.

Weiser, E.L., R.B. Lanctot, S.C. Brown, H.R. Gates, R.L. Bentzen, M.L. Boldenow, J.A. Cunningham, A. Doll, T.F. Donnelly, W.B. English, S.E. Franks, K. Grond, P. Herzog, B.L. Hill, S. Kendall, E. Kwon, D.B. Lank, J.R. Liebezeit, J. Rausch, S.T. Saalfeld, A.R. Taylor, D.H. Ward, P.F. Woodard, and B.K. Sandercock. 2018. Effects of leg flags on nest success of four species of Arctic-breeding shorebirds. Journal of Field Ornithology 89:287-297. DOI: 10.1111/jofo.12264.

Lanctot, R.B. 2018. Buff-breasted Sandpiper Working Group Meeting. Page 71-72  In Seventh meeting of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird group, 11-14 November 2017, Paracaus, Peru. Wader Study 125:68-76.

Taylor, A. R., R.B. Lanctot, and R.T. Holmes. 2018. An evaluation of 60 years of shorebird response to environmental change at Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska, in Trends and traditions: Avifaunal change in western North America (W. D. Shuford, R. E. Gill Jr., and C. M. Handel, eds.), pp. 312–330. Studies of Western Birds 3. Western Field Ornithologists, Camarillo, CA; doi 10.21199/SWB3.17.

Herzog, P., S.T. Saalfeld, H-H. Kaatz, and R.B. Lanctot. 2018. Nest reuse in Arctic-breeding shorebirds: an analysis of potential benefits and factors affecting the occurrence of this rare behavior. Journal of Avian Biology: e01737. DOI: 10.1111/jav.01737.

Weiser, E.L., S.C. Brown, R.B. Lanctot, H.R. Gates, K. Abraham, R.L Bentzen, J. Bêty, M.L. Boldenow, R. Brook, T.F. Donnelly, W.B. English, S. Flemming, S.E. Franks, H.G. Gilchrist, M.-A. Giroux, A. Johnson, L.V. Kennedy, L. Koloski, E. Kwon, J.-F. Lamarre, D.B. Lank, N. Lecomte, J.R. Liebezeit, L. McKinnon, E. Nol, J. Perz, J. Rausch, M. Robards, S.T. Saalfeld, N.R. Senner, P.A. Smith, M. Soloviev, D. Solovyeva, D.H. Ward, P.F. Woodard, and B.K. Sandercock. 2018. Life-history tradeoffs revealed by seasonal declines in reproductive traits of Arctic-breeding shorebirds. Journal of Avian Biology: e01531.  DOI:10.1111/jav.01531.

Weiser, E.L., S.C. Brown, R.B. Lanctot, H.R. Gates, K.F. Abraham, R.L Bentzen, J. Bêty, M.L. Boldenow, R.W. Brook, T.F. Donnelly, W.B. English, S.A. Flemming, S.E. Franks, H.G. Gilchrist, M.-A. Giroux, A. Johnson, S. Kendall, L.V. Kennedy, L. Koloski, E. Kwon, J.-F. Lamarre, D.B. Lank, C.J. Latty, N. Lecomte, J.R. Liebezeit, L. McKinnon, E. Nol, J. Perz, J. Rausch, M. Robards, S.T. Saalfeld, N.R. Senner, P.A. Smith, M. Soloviev, D. Solovyeva, D.H. Ward, P.F. Woodard, and B.K. Sandercock. 2018. Effects of environmental conditions on reproductive effort and nest success of Arctic-breeding shorebirds. Ibis 160:608-623. DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12571.

Weiser, E.L., R.B. Lanctot, S.C. Brown, H.R. Gates, R.L. Bentzen, J. Bêty, M.L. Boldenow, W.B. English, S.E. Franks, L. Koloski, E. Kwon, J.-F. Lamarre, D.B. Lank, J.R. Liebezeit, L. McKinnon, E. Nol, J. Rausch, S.T. Saalfeld, N.R. Senner, D.H. Ward, P.F. Woodard, and B.K. Sandercock. 2018. Environmental and ecological conditions at Arctic breeding sites have limited effects on true survival rates of adult shorebirds. The Auk: Ornithological Advances 135:29-43.

Grond, K., A.M. Jumpponen, R.B. Lanctot, and B.K. Sandercock. 2017. Recruitment and establishment of the gut microbiome in Arctic shorebirds. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 93 (12). DOI:10.1093/femsec/fix142.

McCarty, J.P., L.L. Wolfenbarger, C.D. Laredo, P. Pyle, and R.B. Lanctot. 2017. Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Calidris subruficollis), version 2.0. . In: The Birds of North America (P.G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. DOI:10.2173/bna.bubsan.02

 

Saalfeld, S.T., and R.B. Lanctot. 2017. Multispecies comparisons of adaptability to climate change: a role for life-history characteristics? Ecology and Evolution 7:10492-10502. DOI:10.1002/ece3.3517.

Brown, S., C. Gratto-Trevor, R. Porter, E.L. Weiser, D. Mizrahi, R. Bentzen, M. Boldenow, R. Clay, S. Freeman, M-A. Giroux, E. Kwon, D.B. Lank, N. Lecomte, J. Liebezeit, V. Loverti, J. Rausch, B.K. Sandercock, S. Schulte, P. Smith, A. Taylor, B. Winn, S. Yezerinac, and R.B. Lanctot. 2017. Migratory connectivity of Semipalmated Sandpipers and implications for conservation. The Condor: Ornithological Applications. 119:207-224.

Lanctot, R.B. 2016. Arctic Shorebird Demographic Network. Page 166-168 In Sixth meeting of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird group, 12-16 September 2015, Chincoteague Bay Field Station, Wallops Island, Virginia, USA. Wader Study 123:159-168.

Lanctot, R.B. 2016. Buff-breasted Sandpiper Working Group Meeting. Page 162-163 In Sixth meeting of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird group, 12-16 September 2015, Chincoteague Bay Field Station, Wallops Island, Virginia, USA. Wader Study 123:159-168.

Bulla, M., M. Valcu, A.M. Dokter, A.G. Dondua, A. Kosztolányi, A. Rutten, B. Helm, B.K. Sandercock, B. Casler, B.J. Ens, C.S. Spiegel, C.J. Hassell, C. Küpper, C. Minton, D. Burgas, D.B. Lank, D.C. Payer, E.Y. Loktionov, E. Nol, E. Kwon, F. Smith, H.R. Gates, H. Vitnerová, H. Prüter, J.A. Johnson, J.J.H. St Clair, J-F. Lamarre, J. Rausch, J. Reneerkens, J.R. Conklin, J. Burger, J. Liebezeit, J. Bêty, J.T. Coleman, J. Figuerola, J.C.E.W. Hooijmeijer, J.A. Alves, J.A. M. Smith, K. Weidinger, K. Koivula, K. Gosbell, L. Niles, L. Koloski, L. McKinnon, L. Praus, M. Klaassen, M-A. Giroux, M. Sládeček, M.L. Boldenow, M. Exo, M.I. Goldstein, M. Šálek, N. Senner, N. Rönkä, N. Lecomte, O. Gilg, O. Vincze, O.W. Johnson, P.A. Smith, P.F. Woodard, P.S. Tomkovich, P. Battley, R. Bentzen, R.B. Lanctot, R. Porter, S.T. Saalfeld, S. Freeman, S.C. Brown, S. Yezerinac, T. Székely, T. Montalvo, T. Piersma, V. Loverti, V-M. Pakanen, W. Tijsen, and B. Kempenaers.  2016.  Unexpected diversity in socially synchronized rhythms of shorebirds. Nature 540:109-113. doi:10.1038/nature20563.

Wauchope, H.S., J.D. Shaw, Ø. Varpe, E.G. Lappo, D. Boertmann, R.B. Lanctot, and R.A. Fuller. 2016. Rapid climate-driven loss of breeding habitat for Arctic migratory birds. Global Change Biology 23:1085-1094. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13404.

Perkins, M., L. Ferguson, R.B. Lanctot, I.J. Stenhouse, S. Kendall, S. Brown, H.R. Gates, J.O. Hall, K. Regan, and D.C. Evers. 2016. Mercury exposure and risk in breeding and staging Alaskan shorebirds. The Condor: Ornithological Applications 118:571-582.

Saalfeld, D.T., A.C. Matz, B.J. McCaffery, O.W. Johnson, P. Bruner, and R.B. Lanctot. 2016. Inorganic and organic contaminants in Alaskan shorebird eggs. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 188:276. doi:10.1007/s10661-016-5270-y

Lanctot, R.B., S. Yezerinac, J. Aldabe, J.Bosi de Almeida, G. Castresana, S. Brown, P. Rocca, S. T. Saalfeld, and J.W. Fox. 2016. Light-level geolocation reveals migration patterns of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper. Wader Study 123:29-43.

Cunningham, J.A., D.C. Kesler, and R.B. Lanctot. 2016. Habitat and social factors influence nest site selection in Arctic-breeding shorebirds. The Auk: Ornithological Advances 133:364-377.

Weiser, E. L., R. B. Lanctot, S. C. Brown, J. A. Alves, P. F. Battley, R. Bentzen, J. Bêty, M. A. Bishop, M. Boldenow, L. Bollache, B. Casler, M. Christie, J. T. Coleman, J. R. Conklin, W. B. English, H. R. Gates, O. Gilg, M.-A. Giroux, K. Gosbell, C. Hassell, J. Helmericks, A. Johnson, B. Katrínardóttir, K. Koivula, E. Kwon, J.-F. Lamarre, J. Lang, D. B. Lank, N. Lecomte, J. Liebezeit, V. Loverti, L. McKinnon, C. Minton, D. Mizrahi, E. Nol, V.-M. Pakanen, J. Perz, R. Porter, J. Rausch, J. Reneerkens, N. Rönkä, S. Saalfeld, N. Senner, B. Sittler, P. A. Smith, K. Sowl, A. Taylor, D. H. Ward, S. Yezerinac, and B. K. Sandercock. 2016. Effects of geolocators on hatching success, return rates, breeding movements, and change in body mass in 16 species of Arctic-breeding shorebirds. Movement Ecology 4:12.

Giroux M, D. Ditlecadet, L.J. Martin, R.B. Lanctot, and N. Lecomte. 2016. Sexing a sex-role-reversed species based on plumage: potential challenges in the red phalarope. PeerJ 4:e1989. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1989

Flint, P.L., J.A. Reed, D.L. Lacroix, and R.B. Lanctot. 2016. Habitat use and foraging patterns of molting male Long-tailed Ducks in lagoons of the Central Beaufort Sea, Alaska. Arctic 68: 19-28.

Doll, A.C., R.B. Lanctot, C.A. Stricker, S. Yezerinac, and M.B. Wunder. 2015. Improved arrival date estimates of Arctic-breeding Dunlin (Calidris alpina arcticola). The Auk: Ornithological Advances 132:408-421.

Miller, M.P., S.M. Haig, T.D. Mullins, L. Ruan, B. Casler, A. Dondua, H.R. Gates, J. M. Johnson, S. Kendall, P.S. Tomkovich, D. Tracy, O.P. Valchuk, and R.B. Lanctot. 2015. Intercontinental genetic structure and gene flow in Dunlin (Calidris alpina), a natural vector of avian influenza.  Evolutionary Applications 8:149-171.

Saalfeld, S.T. and R.B. Lanctot. 2015. Conservative and opportunistic settlement strategies in Arctic-breeding shorebirds. The Auk: Ornithological Advances 132:212-234.

Lounsberry, Z.T., J.B. Almeida, R.B. Lanctot, J. Liebezeit, B.K. Sandercock, K.M. Strum, S. Zack, and S. M. Wisely. 2014. Museum collections reveal that Buff-breasted Sandpipers (Calidris subruficollis) maintained mtDNA variability despite large population declines during the past 135 years. Conservation Genetics 15:1197-1208.

Tessler, D.F., J.A. Johnson, B.A. Andres, S. Thomas, and R.B. Lanctot. 2014. A global assessment of the conservation status of the American Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani). International Wader Studies 20:83-96.

Lanctot, R.B. and P. Smith. 2014. Understanding factors affecting shorebird population size in the Arctic, 5th Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group Meeting. Wader Study Group Bulletin 120:216-217.

Yezerinac, S., R.B. Lanctot, S. Talbot, and G. Sage. 2013. Social and genetic mating system of American Golden-Plovers. Condor 115:808-815.

Gates, H.R., S. Yezerinac, A.N. Powell, P.S. Tomkovich, O.P.Valchuk, and R. B. Lanctot. 2013. Differentiation of subspecies and sexes of Beringian Dunlin using morphometric measures. Journal of Field Ornithology 84:389-402.

Saalfeld, S.T., B.K. Hill, and R.B. Lanctot. 2013. Shorebird responses to construction and operation of a landfill on the Arctic Coastal Plain. Condor 115:1-13.

Lounsberry, Z.T., J.B. Almeida, T. Grace, R.B. Lanctot, J. Liebezeit, B.K. Sandercock, K.M. Strum, S. Zack, and S. M. Wisely. 2013. Range-wide conservation genetics of Buff-breasted Sandpipers (Tryngites subruficollis). Auk 130:429-439.

Gates, H.R., R.B. Lanctot, and A.N. Powell. 2013. High renesting rates in Arctic-breeding Dunlin (Calidris alpina): A clutch-removal experiment. Auk 130:372-380.

Saalfeld, S.T., R.B. Lanctot, S.C. Brown, D.T. Saalfeld, J.A. Johnson, B.A. Andres, and J.R. Bart. 2013. Predicting breeding shorebird distributions on the Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska. Ecosphere 4(1):16. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES12-00292.1.

Zöckler, C., R. Lanctot, S. Brown, and E. Syroechkovskiy. 2012. Waders (Shorebirds) [in Arctic Report Card], pp. 92-102, http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/reportcard.

Andres, B.A., J.A. Johnson, S.C. Brown, and R.B. Lanctot. 2012. Shorebirds breed at high densities in the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area, Alaska. Arctic 65:411-420.

Matz, G., R.B. Lanctot, G, West, and the Kachemak Bay Birders. 2012. Reassessment of a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network Site:  Kachemak Bay, Alaska. Wader Study Group Bulletin 119:9-16.

Governali, F.C., H.R. Gates, R. B. Lanctot, and R.T. Holmes. 2012. Egg volume can be accurately and efficiently estimated from linear dimensions of eggs for arctic-breeding shorebirds. Wader Study Group Bulletin 119:46-51.

Franks, S., D.R. Norris, T.K. Kyser, G. Fernández, B. Schwarz, R. Carmona, M.A. Colwell, J. Correa Sandoval, A. Dondua, H.R. Gates, B. Haase, D.J. Hodkinson, A. Jiménez, R.B. Lanctot, B. Ortego, B.K. Sandercock, F. Sanders, J.Y. Takekawa, N. Warnock, R.C. Ydenberg, and D.B. Lank. 2012. Range-wide patterns of migratory connectivity in the Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri. Journal of Avian Biology 43:1-13.

Smith, P.A., C. L. Gratto-Trevor, B.T. Collins, S. D. Fellows, R.B. Lanctot, J. Liebezeit, B. McCaffery, D. Tracy, J. Rausch, S. Kendall, S. Zack and H. R Gates.  2012.  Trends in abundance of Semipalmated Sandpipers: Evidence from the Arctic. Waterbirds 35:106-119.

Lanctot, R.B. 2011. Color and engraved band coordination and resighting of shorebirds workshop, 4th Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group Meeting. Wader Study Group Bulletin 118:200.

Taylor, A.R., R.B. Lanctot, A.N. Powell, S.J. Kendall, and D.A. Nigro. 2011. Residence time and movement patterns of postbreeding shorebirds on Alaska’s northern coast. Condor 113:779-794.

Clark, N. A., C. D. T. Minton, J. W. Fox, K. Gosbell, R.B. Lanctot, R. Porter, and S. Yezerinac. 2010. The use of geolocators to study wader movements. Wader Study Group Bull. 117:173-178.

Taylor, A.R., R.B. Lanctot, A.N. Powell, F. Huettmann, D. Nigro, and S.J. Kendall. 2010. Distribution and community characteristics of staging shorebirds on the northern coast of Alaska.  Arctic 63:451-467.

Johnson, M., P. Clarkson, M.I. Goldstein, S.M. Haig, R.B. Lanctot, D.F. Tessler, and D. Zwiefelhofer.  2010.  Seasonal movements, winter range use, and migratory connectivity of the Black Oystercatcher.  Condor 112:731-743.

Strum, K.M., M.J. Hooper, K.A. Johnson, R.B. Lanctot, M.E. Zaccagnini, and B.K. Sandercock. 2010. Exposure of nonbreeding migratory shorebirds to cholinesterase-inhibiting contaminants in the Western Hemisphere.  Condor 112:15-28.

Lanctot, R.B., M. Barter, C.Y. Chiang, R. Gill, M. Johnson, S. Haig, Z. Ma, P. Tomkovich, and M. Wunder. 2009. Use of band resightings, molecular markers and stable isotopes to understand the migratory connectivity of Dunlin breeding in Beringia and wintering in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. Pp 149-164 in Proceedings from the 2009 International Symposium on Coastal Wetlands and Water Birds Conservation (No. 48). Ciku Research Center, Endemic Species Research Institute, Tainan County, Republic of China (Taiwan).

Lanctot, R.B.  2009. Introduction, 3rd Western Hemisphere Meeting.  Wader Study Group Bulletin 116:93-95, 101.

Lanctot, R.B., and S. Brown.  2009.  Human-mediated landscape change in the Arctic: apparent and predicted impacts on shorebirds, 3rd Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group Meeting.  Wader Study Group Bulletin 116:101.

Lanctot, R.B., J. Aldabe, J.B. Almeida, D. Blanco, J. Jorgensen, P. Rocca, and K. Strum.  2009. Conservation plan for the Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis), version 1.0. Manomet Center for Conservation Science, Manomet, Massachusetts, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska.

Smith, P.A., J. Bart, R.B. Lanctot, B.J. McCaffery, and S. Brown.  2009.  Detection probability of shorebird nests and implications for survey design.  Condor 111:414-423.

Ip, H.P., 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 the Crossroads of IntercontinentalFlyways.  Virology Journal 5:71 (available from http://www.virologyj.com/content/5/1/71).

Naves, L.C., R.B. Lanctot. A.R. Taylor, and N.P. Coutsoubos.  2008.  How often do Arctic shorebirds lay replacement clutches?  Wader Study Group Bulletin 115:2-9.

Lanctot, R.B., A. Hartman, L.W. Oring, and R.I.G. Morrison.  2008.  Response to Farmer (2008):  Limitations of statistically-derived population estimates, and suggestions for deriving national population estimates for shorebirds. Auk: 125(4): 983-985.

Strum, K.M., M. Alfaro, B. Haase, M. J. Hooper, K.A. Johnson , R. B. Lanctot, A. J. Lesterhuis, L. López, A. C. Matz, C. Morales , B. Paulson, B. K. Sandercock, J. Torres-Dowdall, and M. Elena Zaccagnini.  2008.  Plasma cholinesterases for monitoring pesticide exposure in Neotropical Migratory Shorebirds.  Ornitologia Neotropical 19 (suppl.) 641-651. (Proceedings of the VIII Neotropical Ornithological Congress, Maturín, Venezuela).

Fernández, G., J.B. Buchanan, R.E. Gill, Jr., R.B. Lanctot, and N. Warnock.  2008.  Conservation Plan for Dunlin with Breeding Populations in North America (Calidris alpina arcticola, C. a. pacifica, and C. a. hudsonia), Version 1.0. Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, Manomet, Massachusetts.

Lanctot, R.B.  2007.  Introduction, 2nd Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group Meeting, and summary for the “Round Table Discussion: The Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group.” Wader Study Group Bulletin 113:15-16.

Lanctot, R.B.  2007.  Round Table Discussion: The Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group, 2nd Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group Meeting. Wader Study Group Bulletin 113:15-16.

Johnson, J.A., R.B. Lanctot, B.A. Andres, J.R. Bart, S.C. Brown, S.J. Kendall, and D.C. Payer. 2007. Distribution of breeding shorebirds on the Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska.  Arctic 60:277-293.

Reneerkens, J., J.A. Almeida, D.B. Lank, J. Jukema, R.B. Lanctot, R.I. G. Morrison, W.I.C. Rijpstra, D. Schamel, H. Schekkerman, J.S. Sinninghe Damsté, P.S. Tomkovich, D.M. Tracy, I. Tulp, and T. Piersma. 2007. Parental role division predicts avian preen wax cycles.  Ibis 149:721-729.

Kempenaers, B., R.B. Lanctot, V.A. Gill, S.A. Hatch and M. Valcu. 2007. Do females trade copulations for food? An experimental study on kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla).  Behavioral Ecology 18:345-353.

Liebezeit, J.R., P.A. Smith, R.B. Lanctot, C. Gratto-Trevor, H. Schekkerman, D. Tracy, J.A. R. Robinson, H. Meltofte, S. Kendall, R.J. Rodrigues, J.A. Morse, and B.J. McCaffery. 2007. Determining incubation stage of shorebird eggs using the flotation method: species-specific and generalized regression models.  Condor 109:32-47.

Brown, S., J. Bart, R.B. Lanctot, J. Johnson, S. Kendall, D. Payer, and J. Johnson. 2007. Shorebird abundance and distribution on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain.  Condor 109:1-14.

Tessler, D.F., J.A. Johnson, B.A. Andres, S. Thomas, and R.B. Lanctot.  2007.  Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani) Conservation Action Plan.  International Black Oystercatcher Working Group, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Anchorage, Alaska, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska, and Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, Manomet, Massachusetts.  120 pp.

Lanctot, R.B.  2006.  Monitoring Arctic-nesting Shorebirds:  An International Vision for the Future, p. 127-130.  In G.C. Boere, C.A. Galbraith and D.A. Stroud (editors), Waterbirds Around the World, The Stationery Office, Edinburgh, UK. 960 pp.

Thomas, G.H., R.B. Lanctot, and T. Székely.  2006. Can intrinsic factors explain population declines in North American breeding shorebirds?  A comparative analysis.  Animal Conservation 9:252-258.

Thomas, G.H., R.B. Lanctot, and T. Székely.  2006. Population declines in North American shorebirds: The effect of migratory behaviour and mating system. p. 207-208.  In G.C. Boere, C.A. Galbraith and D.A. Stroud (editors), Waterbirds Around the World, The Stationery Office, Edinburgh, UK. 960 pp.

Lanctot, R.B.  2006.  Introduction, Shorebird Science in the Western Hemisphere Meeting, 27 February – 2 March 2006, Boulder, Colorado, USA.”  Wader Study Group Bulletin 109:15-16.

Lanctot, R.B.  2006.  Introductory remarks to the “Buff-breasted Sandpiper Symposium”.  Wader Study Group Bulletin 109:20-21.

Lindström, Å., M. Klaassen, and R.B. Lanctot.  2005. The foldable “Ottenby” walk-in trap: a handy and efficient wader trap for expedition conditions. Wader Study Group Bulletin 107:50-53

Robinson, R.A., N.A. Clark, R.B. Lanctot, S. Nebel, B. Harrington, J.A. Clark, J.A. Gill, H. Meltofte, D.I. Rogers, K.G. Rogers, B.J. Ens, C.M. Reynolds, R.M. Ward, T. Piersma, and P.W. Atkinson. 2005. Long term demographic monitoring of wader populations in non-breeding areas. Wader Study Group Bulletin 106:17-29.

Committee for Holarctic Shorebird Monitoring.  2004.  Monitoring Arctic-nesting Shorebirds:  An International Vision for the Future.  Conclusions from The Pan-Arctic Shorebird/Wader Monitoring and Research Workshop, Karrebäksminde, Denmark, 3-6 December 2003. Wader Study Group Bulletin 103:2-5. (Co-wrote, edited and produced document as Co-chairman of CHASM)

Lanctot, R.B., D.E. Blanco, M. Oesterheld, R.A. Balbueno, J.P. Guerschman, and G. Piñeiro. 2004. Assessing habitat availability and use by Buff-breasted Sandpipers (Tryngites subruficollis) wintering in South America. Proceedings of the VII Neotropical Ornithological Congress.  Ornitologia Neotropical 15 (suppl):367-376.

Blanco, D.E., R.B. Lanctot, J.P. Isaach, and V.A. Gill. 2004. Temperate grasslands of southern South America as habitat for migratory shorebirds. Proceedings of the VII Neotropical Ornithological Congress.  Ornitología Neotropical 15 (suppl):159-167. (in Spanish)

Blomqvist, D., M. Andersson, C. Küpper, I.C. Cuthill, J. Kis, R.B. Lanctot, B.K. Sandercock, T. Székely, J. Wallander and B. Kempenaers. 2003. Evolutionary biology (communications arising): Why do birds engage in extra-pair copulation?  Nature 422: 834-835

Lanctot, R.B., S.A. Hatch, V.A. Gill and M. Eens. 2003. Are corticosterone levels a good indicator of food availability and reproductive success in a seabird colony? Hormones and Behavior 43:489-502.

Blomqvist, D., M. Andersson, C. Küpper, I.C. Cuthill, J. Kis, R. B. Lanctot, B. K. Sandercock, T. Székely, J. Wallander and B. Kempenaers. 2002. Genetic similarity between mates and extra-pair parentage in three species of shorebirds.  Nature 419:613-615.

Lanctot, R.B., D.E. Blanco, R.A. Dias, J.P. Isacch, V.A. Gill, J.B. Almeida, K. Delhey, P.F. Petracci, G.A. Bencke, and R. Balbueno. 2002. Conservation status of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper: historic and contemporary distribution and abundance in South America.  Wilson Bulletin 114:44-72.

Blomqvist, D., B. Kempenaers, R.B. Lanctot, and B.K. Sandercock. 2002. Genetic parentage and mate guarding in the artic breeding western sandpiper.  Auk 119:228-233.

Lanctot, R.B., B.K Sandercock and B. Kempenaers. 2000. Do male breeding displays function to attract mates or defend territories? The explanatory role of mate and site fidelity.  Waterbirds 23: 155-164.

Sandercock, B.K., D.B. Lank, R.B. Lanctot, B. Kempenaers, and F. Cooke. 2000. Ecological correlates of mate fidelity in two Arctic-breeding sandpipers.  Canadian Journal of Zoology 78:1948-1958.

Lanctot, R.B., P.J. Weatherhead, B. Kempenaers, and K.T. Scribner. 1998. Male traits, mating tactics and reproductive success in the Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Tryngites subruficollis.  Animal Behaviour 56:419-432.

Lanctot, R.B., K. Scribner, B. Kempenaers, and P.J. Weatherhead. 1997. Lekking without a paradox in the Buff-breasted Sandpiper.  American Naturalist 149:1051-1070.

Lanctot, R.B., B. Sandercock and B. Kempenaers. 1997. Breeding displays in an Arctic wader: who does them and how display intensity relates to mate acquisition and nesting success.  Advances in Ethology 32:212.

Lanctot, R.B. and P.J. Weatherhead. 1997. Ephemeral lekking behavior in the Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Tryngites subruficollisBehavioral Ecology 8:268-278.

Lanctot, R.B., R.E. Gill, Jr., T.L. Tibbitts, and C.M. Handel. 1995. Brood amalgamation in the Bristle-thighed Curlew Numenius tahitiensis:  Process and function.  Ibis 137:559-569.

Lanctot, R.B. 1994. Blood sampling in juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpipers: Movement, mass change and survival.  Journal of Field Ornithology 65:534-542.

Lanctot, R.B. and C.D. Laredo. 1994. Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis). In: The Birds of North America, No. 91 (A. Poole and F. Gill, Eds.). Philadelphia: The Academy of Natural Sciences; Washington, D.C.: The American Ornithologists' Union.

Gill, R.E., Jr., R.B. Lanctot, J.D. Mason, and C.M. Handel. 1991. Preliminary observations on habitat use, breeding chronology and parental care in Bristle-thighed Curlews on the Seward Peninsula, Alaska.  Wader Study Group Bulletin 61:28-36.

 

Book Reviews

Lanctot, R. B. 2013. Book review of J. Bart and V. Johnston. 2012. Arctic Shorebirds in North America: A Decade of Monitoring. Studies of Avian Biology No. 44.  Auk 130:392-393.

Lanctot, R. B. 2011. Book review of M. A. Colwell. 2010. Shorebird Ecology, Conservation and Management. Prairie Naturalist 43:68.

 

POPULAR ARTICLES

Lappo, E., L. Phillips, R. Lanctot, S. Saalfeld, S. Brown, J. Slaght, and E. Syroechkovskyi. 2018. In search of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Alaska. Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force News Bulletin No. 19 November 2018.

Lanctot, R.B. and S.T. Saalfeld. 2017. Are shorebird nest sites special? U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Utqiaģvik Newsletter.

Lanctot, R.B. 2016. Earlier summers spell trouble for some shorebird species. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Barrow Newsletter.

Lanctot, R.B. and S. Brown. 2015. Shorebird surveys in Western Alaska help us understand human alterations on the nonbreeding grounds . Tattler 37:6-7.

Lanctot, R.B. and S. Brown. 2015. Shorebird surveys in Western Alaska help us understand human alterations on the nonbreeding grounds. East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership e-Newsletter. No. 21. (http://www.eaaflyway.net/shorebird-surveys-in-western-alaska-help-us-understand-human-alterations-on-the-nonbreeding-grounds/)

Lanctot, R.B. 2015. Study finds elevated mercury exposure in shorebirds nesting at Barrow:  Further research is needed to determine why. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Barrow Newsletter.

Lanctot, R.B. 2014. Are shorebirds affected by climate change at Barrow? U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Barrow Newsletter.

Lanctot, R.B., A. Taylor, and R. Holmes. 2013. Are shorebirds responding to environmental change at Barrow? U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Barrow Newsletter.

Lanctot, R.B. 2012. Dunlin gives (almost) all for shorebird research and conservation. Tattler 24:10-11.

Lanctot, R.B. 2012. Barrow shorebird breeding ecology study 2012. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Barrow Newsletter.

Lanctot, R.B. 2005. Connecting breeding and nonbreeding regions of Beringian Dunlin.  Article in website: http://www.wetlands.org/IWC/awc/waterbirdstrategy/News.htm

Lanctot, R.B. 2003. Alaska is extraordinary when it comes to shorebirds. The Arctic Warbler 9:1-2.

Lanctot, R.B. 1998. Sexual attitudes at northern latitudes. Natural History 107:72-75.

Lanctot, R.B. 1995. A closer look: Buff-breasted Sandpiper. Birding 27:382-388.

 

WORK IN REVIEW or IN PREP

Smith, P.A., L. McKinnon, H. Meltofte, R.B. Lanctot, A.D. Fox, J.O. Leafloor, M. Soloviev, A. Franke, K. Falk, M. Golovatin, V. Sokolov, A. Sokolov, and A.C. Smith. (in review) Status and trends of tundra birds across the Circumpolar Arctic. Ambio.

Ehrich, D., N.M. Schmidt, G. Gauthier, R. Alisauskas, A. Angerbjörn, K. Clark, F. Ecke, N.E. Eide, E. Framstad, J. Frandsen, A. Franke, O. Gilg, M-A. Giroux, H. Henttonen, B. Hörnfeldt, R.A. Ims, G.D. Kataev, S. Kharitonov, S.T. Killengreen, C.J. Krebs, R.B. Lanctot, N. Lecomte, I.E. Menyushina, D.W. Morris, G. Morrisson, L. Oksanen, T. Oksanen, J. Olofsson, I.G. Pokrovsky, I.Y. Popov, D. Reid, J.D. Roth, S.T. Saalfeld, G. Samelius, B. Sittler, S.M. Sleptsov, P.A. Smith, A.A. Sokolov, N.A. Sokolova, M. Soloviev, and D.V. Solovyeva. (in review) Documenting lemming population change in the Arctic: Can we detect trends? Ambio.

Grond, K., J. Santo Domingo, R.B. Lanctot, A. Jumpponen, E. Kwon, M.L. Boldenow, S. Yezerinac, J. Rausch, L. Pirie-Dominix, B. Casler, S.J. Kendal, S. Freeman, R.L. Bentzen, J.R. Liebezeit, A. Doll, B.L. Hill, J.A. Cunningham, S. Brown, and B.K. Sandercock. (In review) Composition and drivers of fecal microbiota communities in arctic- breeding shorebirds. mSphere.

Grond, K., L. Constance, M.C. Niederwerder, C. Ganser, V.L. D’Amico, R.B. Lanctot, K. McLoughlin, and B.K. Sandercock. (in prep) Using microarrays to identify the blood microbiome communities of two shorebird species throughout the Western Hemisphere. Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Weiser, E.L., S.C. Brown, R.B. Lanctot, H.R. Gates, K. Abraham, R.L. McGuire, J. Bêty, M.L. Boldenow, R. Brook, T.F. Donnelly, W.B. English, S.A. Flemming, S.E. Franks, H.G. Gilchrist, M-A. Giroux, A. Johnson, S. Kendall, L.V. Kennedy, L. Koloski, E. Kwon, J-F. Lamarre, D.B. Lank, C.J. Latty, N. Lecomte, J.R. Liebezeit, L. McKinnon, E. Nol, D. Payer, J. Perz, J. Rausch, M. Robards, S.T. Saalfeld, N.R. Senner, P.A. Smith, M. Soloviev, D. Solovyeva, D.H. Ward, P.F. Woodard, and B.K. Sandercock.  (in prep) Model-based estimates of population trends and the importance of vital rates in Arctic-breeding shorebirds. The Condor: Ornithological Applications.

Lagassé, B.J., R.B. Lanctot, C-Y Chiang, S. Yoshimitsu, and M. Wunder. (in review). Using band recoveries to determine the population connectivity of four subspecies of Dunlin Calidris alpina on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. The Condor: Ornithological Applications.

Lyons, J.E., S. Brown, J.A. Johnson, S.T. Saalfeld, B.A. Andres, K. Sowl, B.J. McCaffery, B. Winn, L. Kidd, M. McGarvey, R. Gill, R. Gates, D. Granfors, and R.B. Lanctot.  (in prep) Population estimates and importance of the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge for breeding shorebirds. The Condor: Ornithological Applications.

Almeida, J.B., I.F. Lopes, L.W. Oring, S.N. Del Lama, T.L. Tibbitts, L. Pajot, and R.B. Lanctot. (in prep). After and hatch-year Buff-breasted Sandpipers (Calidris subruficollis) can be sexed using morphometric measures. Journal of Field Ornithology.

 

Non-refereed Publications

Saalfeld, S. T., H. R. Gates, S. C. Brown, K. M. Sowl, B. A. Andres, J. A. Johnson, J. E. Lyons, B. J. McCaffery, and R. B. Lanctot. 2019. Program for Regional and International Shorebird Monitoring (PRISM) – Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge Surveys (2015–2016), Version 0.1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Migratory Bird Management, Anchorage, AK.

Saalfeld, S.T., H.R. Gates, S.C. Brown, K.M. Sowl, B.A. Andres, J.A. Johnson, J.E. Lyons, B.J. McCaffery, and R.B. Lanctot. 2019. Survey protocol for the Arctic Program for Regional and International Shorebird Monitoring (PRISM), Version 0.1.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Migratory Bird Management, Anchorage, AK. 63 pp.

Alaska Shorebird Group. 2018. Alaska Shorebird Conservation Plan. Version III. D. R. Ruthrauff, H.R. Gates, C.M. Harwood, J.A. Johnson and R.B. Lanctot, eds. Alaska Shorebird Group, Anchorage, AK.

Brown, S., S.T. Saalfeld, and R.B. Lanctot. 2018. Pre-migratory movements and habitat use of shorebirds on Alaska’s North Slope. Unpublished annual report for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Manomet, Inc., Manomet, MA. 11 p.

Brown, S., S.T. Saalfeld, and R.B. Lanctot. 2017. Pre-migratory movements and habitat use of shorebirds on Alaska’s North Slope. Unpublished annual report for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Manomet, Inc., Manomet, MA. 5 p.

Brown, S., R.B. Lanctot, B. Andres, J. Lyons, B.J. McCaffery, K. Sowl, N. Warnock, D. Granfors, J. Johnson, and S. Saalfeld. 2017. Monitoring shorebirds in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge (AK) – II. Unpublished report for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Manomet, Inc., Manomet, MA. 62 p.

Lanctot, R.B., and S.T. Saalfeld. 2017. Climate change effect on wetlands, invertebrates, and shorebirds (CEWISH). Final written report to the Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK.

Tibbitts, L. and R. Lanctot. 2016. First annual summary for SSP Project 15-R7-09: A Collaborative Approach to Assess Migration Route and Stopover Sites, Habitat Selection, Status, and Trends of a USFWS Species of High Concern: the Buff-Breasted Sandpiper. Unpubl. Report by the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK.

Brown, S., R.B. Lanctot, B. Andres, J. Lyons, B.J. McCaffery, K. Sowl, N. Warnock, D. Granfors, J. Johnson, and S. Saalfeld. 2016. Monitoring shorebirds in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge (AK) – I. Unpublished report for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Manomet, Inc., Manomet, MA. 14 p.

Meliopoulos, D.T., S.T. Saalfeld, J.B. Fischer, and R.B. Lanctot. 2016. Distribution and habitat use of foraging guilds within the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska. Unpubl. report by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK

Saalfeld, S.T. D. McEwen, M. Butler, A. Lackmann, D. Gerik, and A. López, and R.B. Lanctot. 2016.  Climate change effect on wetlands, invertebrates, and shorebirds (CEWISH).  Final written and financial report to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK.

Price, C., R. Hindrum, E. Syroechkovskiy, J. Provencher, N. Crockford, R. Lanctot, A. Braa, N. Mikander, S. Millington, A. Barbosa, A. Below, G. Citegese, M. den Boer, J. Enermark, D. Grémillet, W. Hagemeijer, C-B. How, L. Jun, S-R. Kang, K. Koffijberg, S. Kumar, M. Loonen, G. Lüerβen, A. O’Donoghue, W. Remmelts, J. Slaught, J. Splinter, D. Stroud, M. Tentj, B. van Gemerden, and I.J. Øien. 2016. Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative Implementation Meeting Report: Texel, Netherlands, April 5-7, 2016. CAFF International Secretariat, Akureyri, Iceland. ISBN: 978-9935-431-54-7.

Lanctot, R. B., E.L. Weiser, B.K. Sandercock, and S.C. Brown. 2015.  2010 – 2014 Final Report:  Using a Network of Sites to Evaluate How Climate-mediated Changes in the Arctic Ecosystem are Affecting Shorebird Distribution, Ecology and Demography.  Unpublished report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kansas State University, and Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences to the Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK. 74 p.

Lanctot, R.B., S. Saalfeld, A. Lopez, K. Gurney and D. Kesler. 2015. Climate change effects on wetlands, invertebrates, and shorebirds. Unpublished report by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative Interim Performance Report.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK. 22 p.

Johnston, V., E. Syroechkovskiy, N. Crockford, R.B. Lanctot, S. Millington, R. Clay, G. Donaldson, M. Ekker, G. Gilchrist, A. Black and R. Crawford. Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI): Workplan 2015-2019. CAFF Strategies Series No. 6. Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, Akureyri, Iceland. ISBN: 978-9935-431-40-0.

Lanctot, R.B., E.L. Weiser, B.K. Sandercock, and S.C. Brown. 2015.  2010 – 2014 Progress Report:  Using a Network of Sites to Evaluate How Climate-mediated Changes in the Arctic Ecosystem are Affecting Shorebird Distribution, Ecology and Demography.  Unpublished report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kansas State University, and Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences to the Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK. 71 p.

Lanctot, R.B. 2014. Dunlin Conservation Framework, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service internal document.

Lanctot, R.B. 2014. Buff-breasted Sandpiper Conservation Framework, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service internal document.

Lanctot, R.B., S. T. Saalfeld, M. Butler, R. Daanen, K. Gurney, D. Kesler, A. Lackmann, A. Liljedah, A. López, D. McEwen, M. Sturm, and K. Tape. 2014.  Climate change effect on wetlands, invertebrates, and shorebirds (CEWISH).  Preliminary report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK.

Lanctot, R.B. 2014. Migratory connectivity of Buff-breasted Sandpipers. Final Report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK.

Lanctot, R.B., H.R. Gates, S. Brown and B.K. Sandercock. 2014. 2010 – 2013 Progress Report: Using a network of sites to evaluate how climate-mediated changes in the Arctic ecosystem are affecting shorebird distribution, ecology and demography. Unpublished report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences and Kansas State University to the Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK.

CAFF. 2014. Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI): Protecting Arctic lifestyles and peoples through migratory bird conservation, Expert Workshop Report, Montreal, Canada, February 2014. CAFF Strategies Series No. 5. Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, Akureyri, Iceland.  (edited document as Steering Committee member of AMBI)

Brown, S.C., H.R. Gates, J.R. Liebezeit, P.A. Smith, B.L. Hill, and R.B. Lanctot.  2014.  Arctic Shorebird Demographics Network Breeding Camp Protocol, Version 5, April 2014.  Unpubl. paper by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, 116 pp

Lanctot, R.B., H.R. Gates, S. Brown and B.K. Sandercock. 2013. 2011 progress report: Using a network of sites to evaluate how climate-mediated changes in the Arctic ecosystem are affecting shorebird distribution, ecology and demography. Unpublished report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences and Kansas State University to the Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK.

Yezerinac, S., R.B. Lanctot, J. Almeida, J. Aldabe, G. Castresana, and S. Brown. 2013. Migratory connectivity of Buff-breasted Sandpipers. Unpubl. report by Mount Allison University and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Fund.

Brown, S.C., H.R. Gates, J.R. Liebezeit, P.A. Smith, B.L. Hill, and R.B. Lanctot. 2013. Arctic Shorebird Demographics Network Breeding Camp Protocol, Version 4, April 2013. Unpubl. report by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, 119 pp.

Johnson, J., L. DeCicco, N. Hajdukovich, R. Lanctot, D. Ruthrauff, and J. Hall. 2013. Breeding Ecology, Migratory Connectivity, and Avian Influenza Virus Seroprevalence of Alaska Red Knots (Calidris canutus roselaari), 2013. Annual report to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Migratory Bird Management, Anchorage, Alaska

Lanctot, R.B., K. Grond, J.W. Santo Domingo, and B.K. Sandercock. 2013. Phylogenetic analysis of microbiota inhabiting the gut of shorebirds using high throughput genetic sequencing techniques. Unpubl. report to the national U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Avian Health and Disease Program.

Gates, R.G., R.B. Lanctot, and S. Yezerinac. 2012. Migratory connectivity of Dunlin breeding at Cape Krusenstern National Monument.  Murie Science and Learning Center Fellowship Report to the National Park Service.

Johnson, J., L. DeCicco, N. Hajdukovich, R. Lanctot, D. Ruthrauff, and J. Hall. 2012. Breeding Ecology, Migratory Connectivity, and Avian Influenza Virus Seroprevalence of Alaska Red Knots (Calidris canutus roselaari), 2012. Annual report to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Migratory Bird Management, Anchorage, Alaska.

Gates, H. R., R. B. Lanctot, J. R. Liebezeit, P. A. Smith, and B. L. Hill 2012. Arctic Shorebird Demographics Network Breeding Camp Protocol, Version 3, April 2012. Unpubl. paper by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences.

Saalfeld, S.T., R. B. Lanctot, S. C. Brown, D. T. Saalfeld, J. A. Johnson, B. A. Andres, and J. R. Bart. 2012. Predicting breeding shorebird distributions on the Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska. Submitted to: Philip Martin, Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fairbanks, Alaska.

Saalfeld, S.T., R.B. Lanctot, and S. Brown. 2012. GIS-based environmental layers needed for future predictive shorebird habitat models on the Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska. Unpublished report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences to the Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK.

Johnson, J., L. DeCicco, N. Hajdukovich, and R. Lanctot. 2011. Breeding ecology and surveys, subspecies identity and migratory connectivity of Alaskan Red Knots (Calidris canutus) – 2011 Summary report.  Unpubl. report by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK.

Saalfeld, S. T., D.T. Saalfeld, R.B. Lanctot, and S. Brown. 2011.  2010 report:  Development of Shorebird Distribution Maps for the North Slope of Alaska Using Geospatial Habitat Modeling: The First Step in Assessing Effects of Climate Change.  Unpublished report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences to the Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK.

Arctic Shorebird Demographics Network Protocol Subcommittee. 2011. Arctic Shorebird Demographics Network Breeding Camp Protocol, version 2, May 2011. Unpubl. paper by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. (as Science Coordinator for the Network I provided substantial review and editing of the paper).

Lanctot, R. B., H. R. Gates, S. Brown, and B. K. Sandercock. 2011.  2010 report:  Using a network of sites to evaluate how climate-mediated changes in the Arctic ecosystem are affecting shorebird distribution, ecology and demography.  Unpublished report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences and Kansas State University to the Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK.

 

Arctic PRISM Peer Review Committee. 2010. A Peer Review of the Arctic PRISM Program. U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Migratory Bird Management, Arlington, VA, USA. Available online at <http://www.fws.gov/shorebirdplan/Prism.htm>.  Participant of writing of the document.

Lanctot, R.B. 2010. Avian influenza sampling of shorebirds at Barrow and Cape Krusenstern, Alaska -2010. Unpubl. report for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska.

Gates, H. R., Lanctot , R.B., Liebezeit, J. and P. Smith. 2010. Arctic Shorebird Demographics Network Breeding Camp Protocol, version 1, May 2010. Unpubl. paper by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska.

Lanctot, R.B., and H. R. Gates. 2010.  Cape Krusenstern Shorebird Breeding Ecology Study.  Investigator’s Annual Report. National Park Service.

Johnson, J., L. DeCicco, N. Hajdukovich, and R. Lanctot. 2010. Breeding ecology and surveys, subspecies identity and migratory connectivity of Alaskan Red Knots (Calidris canutus) – 2010 Summary report.  Unpubl. report by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK.

Powell, A.N., Taylor, A.R., and R.B. Lanctot.  2010.  Pre-migratory ecology and physiology of shorebirds staging on Alaska’s North Slope.  Final Report OCS Study MMS 2009-034.

Burle, M. H., C. Ashling, J. Durieux, L. Faulquier, A. Gouni, R.B. Lanctot, S. McRae, M. Poherui, E. Portier, P. Raust, P. Roussel, C. Serra, and D. Lank. 2009. Etude Du Chevalier Des Tuamotu Prosobonia Cancellata sur l’atoll De Tahanea : Écologie, Système Social, Reproduction Et Conséquences Pour La conservation. Première Saison De Terrain : 20 Octobre 2008 – 4 Avril 2009. Société d’Ornithologie de Polynésie, Papeete.

Lanctot, R.B. 2009. Avian influenza sampling of shorebirds at Barrow, Alaska -2009. Unpubl. report for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 2008. Inventory of International Work, Alaska Region, Fiscal Years 2006-2008. Unpublished report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Region 7 Arctic Team. (I was one of 10 people on this team that collaborated on this report.)

Lanctot, R.B., J. Johnson, S. Brown, D. Nigro, and B. Andres.  2008.  Population estimation and surveillance for highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 in live captured breeding shorebirds in the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area, National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska: 2008 preliminary report.  Unpubl. report for Bureau of Land Management by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska. 

Hill, B.L., R.B. Lanctot, and C. Hunter.  2009.  Factors affecting brood survival from un-manipulated and replacement clutches of Dunlin (Calidris alpina) near Barrow, Alaska: Results of the 2008 field season.  Unpubl. report for Bureau of Land Management by University of Alaska Fairbanks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska.

Alaska Shorebird Group.  2008.  Alaska Shorebird Conservation Plan, Version II. Alaska Shorebird Group, Anchorage, AK. 84 pp. (contributing author/editor) https://www.fws.gov/r7/mbsp/mbm/shorebirds/pdf/ascp_nov2008.pdf

Smith, P. A., Bety, J., Johnston, V., Lanctot, R., Morrison, G., McKinnon, L., Liebezeit, J. 2008. Shorebird monitoring.  ArcticWOLVES Monitoring Protocols.  Available online at http://www.cen.ulaval.ca/arcticwolves/

Gates, H.R., R.B. Lanctot, and A.R. Taylor. 2008.  Renesting rates in response to experimental clutch removal in Dunlin (Calidris alpina arcticola): Results of the 2008 field season.  Unpubl. report for Bureau of Land Management by University of Alaska Fairbanks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska. 

Lanctot, R.B., J. Johnson, S. Brown, D. Nigro, and B. Andres.  2008.  Population estimation and surveillance for highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 in live captured breeding shorebirds in the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area, National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska: 2007 preliminary report.  Unpubl. report for Bureau of Land Management by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska. 

Lanctot, R.B. 2007.  Trip report: Dunlin field studies in Taiwan, 5-16 December 2007.  Unpubl. Rept by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska.

Gates, H.R., R.B. Lanctot, and A.R. Taylor. 2007. Experiment evidence of clutch replacement in Dunlin (Calidris alpina arcticola), Preliminary Results, 2007.  Unpubl. report for Canadian Wildlife Service by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska. 

Lanctot, R.B. 2007.  Trip report: Neotropical Ornithology Congress in Maturín, Venezuela, 14-19 May 2007.  Unpubl. Rept by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska.

Lanctot, R.B. 2007.  Trip report: CAS-USGS Avian Influenza Joint Planning Session and Dunlin field studies in China, 9-27 January 2007.  Unpubl. Rept by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska.

Lanctot, R.B. 2006.  Trip report: Ecotoxicology Fieldwork on Shorebirds in Uruguay, 20 November to 1 December 2006.  Unpubl. Rept by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska.

Talbot, S.L., J.R. Gust, G.K. Sage, R.E. Gill, T.L. Tibbitts, R.B. Lanctot, and B.J. McCaffery.  2004.  Population differentiation of breeding Bristle-thighed Curlew (Numenius tahititiensis). Unpublished report by U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, Alaska.

CHASM.  2004.  Shorebirds expert network monitoring plan. Monitoring Arctic-nesting shorebirds: An international vision for the future. Conclusions from Then Pan-Arctic Shorebird/Wader Monitoring and Research Workshop, Denmark, 3-6 December 2003.  Supporting publication to the CAFF Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program – Framework Document. CAFF CBMP Report No. 4, CAFF International Secretariat, Akureyri, Iceland. 10 pp. (Co-wrote, edited and produced document as Co-chairman of CHASM)

Sinclair, P., Y. Aubry, J. Bart, V. Johnston, R.B. Lanctot, B. McCaffery, K. Ross, and P. Smith, L. Tibbitts.  2004.  Boreal Shorebirds: An assessment of conservation status and potential for population monitoring.  Unpublished report by Canadian Wildlife Service, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

Lanctot, R.B. 2004.  Trip report: Shorebird Research Group of the Americas Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, 20-21 February 2004.  Unpubl. Rept by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska.

Lanctot, R.B. 2004.  Trip report: Waterbirds Around the World Conference, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 4-8 April 2004. Unpubl. Rept by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska.

Lanctot, R.B. 2004.  Trip report: International Wader Study Group Meeting, Papenburg, Germany, 4-7 November 2004.  Unpubl. Rept by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska.

Lanctot, R.B. 2003. Trip Report:  Pan-Arctic Wader / Shorebird Monitoring and Research Workshop, Copenhagen, Denmark, and visit to Bath University, United Kingdom, to discuss preparation of shorebird decline manuscript, December 2003. Unpubl. Rept by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska.

Lanctot, R.B. 2003. Trip Report:  Neotropical Migratory Bird Meetings in Chile and Fieldwork on Buff-breasted Sandpipers in Brazil, October 2003. Unpubl. Rept by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska.

Tibbitts, T.L., R.B. Lanctot, E. VanderWerf, and V.A. Gill. 2003. Survey for Arctic-breeding shorebirds in the Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia, March 2003. Unpubl. Rept. By U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, Alaska.

Lanctot, R.B., S.A. Hatch, V.A. Gill, M. Eens. 2003. Are Corticosterone levels a good indicator of food availability and reproductive performance in a kittiwake colony?  Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Restoration Project Final Report (Restoration Project 01555), U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, Alaska.

Lanctot, R. B., J. Reed, D. Lacroix, P. Flint, J. C. Franson, T. Hollmén, M. D. Howell, and J. B. Grand.  2002. Monitoring Beaufort Sea waterfowl and marine birds.  First Quarterly Progress Report for Minerals Management Service, Anchorage, Alaska.

Gotthardt, T. and R.B. Lanctot.  2002. Status report on the Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Trnygites subruficollis). Unpubl. Report by Alaska Natural Heritage Program, Environmental Natural Resources Institute, University of Alaska, for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Ecological Services Division, Anchorage, Alaska.

Lanctot, R.B., D.E. Blanco, J.P. Issach, R.A. Dias, VA. Gill, L. Read, K. Delhey, P.F. Petracci, and A. Azpiroz. 2000. Distribution and abundance of Buff-breasted Sandpipers on their wintering grounds in Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil. Preliminary report to National Geographic Society.

Lanctot, R.B. 2000. Differentiation of sub-species and populations. Pp. 10-11 in Oring, L., B. Harrington, S. Brown, and C. Hickey (eds.) U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan. National Shorebird Research Needs: A proposal for a National Research Program and Example High Priority Research Topics. Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences.

Lanctot, R.B. and L.M. Ronan. 1994. Breeding ecology of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis) on the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field, Alaska, in 1993. Progress report submitted to the National Biological Survey. 34 pp.

Lanctot, R.B. and R.E. Gill, Jr. 1994. Brood amalgamation in Bristle-thighed Curlews Numenius tahitiensis: process and function. Wader Study Group Bulletin 71:13 (abstract only).

Lanctot, R.B. and B.L. Slater. 1992. Breeding biology and habitat use of Buff-breasted Sandpipers (Tryngites subruficollis) on the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field, Alaska. Progress report submitted to BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 93 pp.

Lanctot, R.B., M.S. Stishov, and B.L. Slater. 1991. Buff-breasted Sandpiper breeding ecology at the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field. Progress report submitted to BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc. 8 pp.

Lanctot, R.B. 1990. Breeding ecology of curlews at Neva Creek, Seward Peninsula. Pages 4-6 in: Summary of the Proceedings from the Workshop on Bristle-thighed Curlews. R.E. Gill, Jr. and C.M. Handel, eds.

Handel, C. M., B.J. McCaffery, R.B. Lanctot, and G. Peltola. 1990. Distribution and population estimate of breeding Bristle-thighed Curlews.  Unpublished report, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK.

Handel, C.M., and R.B. Lanctot. 1990. Population estimate and distribution of curlews on the Seward Peninsula.  Pages 9-10 in: Summary of the Proceedings from the Workshop on Bristle-thighed Curlews. R.E. Gill, Jr. and C.M. Handel, eds.

The Alaska Shorebird Group, formed in 1997, is a mix of academic and private researchers, federal and state agency staff, conservation organizations, and shorebird enthusiasts whose goal is to raise public awareness of shorebirds in Alaska, achieve consensus on needed conservation actions, and exchange information on issues, research findings, and education. The group meets annually and interacts throughout the year via an e-mail network; a report of the activities of group members is produced and distributed annually.

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East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership's Shorebird Working Group

Each year millions of shorebirds migrate between their breeding areas in the Russian Far East, northern China and Alaska to as far south as Australia and New Zealand. The successful conservation of migratory shorebirds therefore requires a coordinated international approach. The East Asian – Australasian Flyway (EAAF) Partnership has agreed to such an approach for all waterbirds and their habitats for the benefit of people and biodiversity within the Flyway.  In the EAAF a disproportionate number of shorebird species have been classified as threatened and the shorebirds using this flyway are under increasing threat from habitat loss. The EAAF Partnership acknowledges that international collaboration and cooperation is essential if its goal of conservation is to be achieved.

Under the former Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategies (1996 – 2000; 2001 - 2006), the Shorebird Working Group (SWG) was established to implement high priority shorebird action items. The goal of the SWG is to promote, facilitate and coordinate shorebird conservation, management, education and research activities within the EAAF and to improve communication between shorebird specialists and managers in the flyway.

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