In 2011, the Refuge initiated a nearshore marine bird survey to determine population estimates and trends for the most abundant coastal birds breeding in the Kodiak Archipelago. This survey follows protocols using seabirds as indicator species to monitor the health of nearshore marine ecosystems throughout the Gulf of Alaska.
Results from surveys and a Survey ID guide to help identify and age some of the marine bird species found on the survey route are available for download:
· Kodiak Archipelago Nearshore Marine Bird Survey Report 2011-2013
· Marine Bird Survey ID Guide