Seabirds

Seabirds depend on the world’s oceans for food and spend most of their lives at sea. The seas bordering Alaska (Arctic Ocean, Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, and north Pacific Ocean) produce large amounts of food and seabirds from all over the world come to partake in these productive marine feeding grounds. 

Tens of millions of seabirds nest on Alaska's coast each summer, by far the most of any other state due the length of Alaska's coastline (46,000 miles, including 9,900 miles along National Wildlife Refuges) and the presence of many cliffs and islands that provide protected habitat. Alaska’s seabird breeding colonies—and National Wildlife Refuges—offer some of the most amazing spectacles and viewing opportunities in the world. The soaring cliffs of St. George Island alone host one of the largest seabird colonies in the northern hemisphere with a staggering 2+ million birds.

Alaska_2021_Seabird_Die-off_Fact_Sheet

Information about seabird die-offs in Alaska during 2021.

Seabirds: A photographic journey along Alaska's coast and marine habitats

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's R/V Tiglax, seen from a cliff in Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge through a seabird flock.

Sea Change in the High North: scientists track seabirds in Alaska's changing seascape

Broken sea ice stretches out in front of U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker “Healy” in the Beaufort Sea during a marine bird survey.
Wildlife Biologist - Seabirds
Migratory Birds
Additional Role(s)
FWS Oil Spill Response Team,
Alaska Groundfish and Halibut Seabird Working Group
Expertise
Pelagic seabird distribution and ecology,
Seabird bycatch,
Shipping,
GIS
Area
AK
Anchorage, AK