Organizations

BLM
Primary
NSB
USFWS
NPS

Assessment of Contaminants in Waterfowl on the North Slope and Seward Peninsula, Alaska

Spectacled and Steller’s eider are listed as threatened under the ESA and the yellow-billed loon is also listed on BLM sensitive species list for Alaska. All 3 of these species have cited the potential for environmental contaminants, among other things, to have been the cause of the decline in the populations of these species. Contaminants of concern include metals such as lead and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and mercury, which are of historical, current, and emerging concern in Arctic biota. Because of the concern for status of populations of spectacled and Steller’s eiders and yellow-billed loons in the north, and because documented threats include those from environmental contaminants such as mercury and PCBs, this project will collect and analyze samples of tissues and eggs from these 3 species on the north slope of Alaska and on the Seward Peninsula, AK, in order to determine current contaminant levels in these species and to provide a baseline of pre oil and gas development data and the opportunity for a comparison between contaminant data from the NPR-A and the Seward Peninsula. Project cooperators include the FWS – Endangered Species Branch, FWS – Contaminants Branch, NSB, and the National Park Service – Western Alaska Network.

Ongoing

Status: Ongoing
Type: Project
Primary Contacts
Name: Debbie Nigro
Email: dnigro@blm.gov
Other Contacts
Name: Dave Yokel
Email: dyokel@blm.gov
Name: Angela Matz
Email: angela_matz@fws.gov
Primary Organizations
Type
US Bureau of Land Management
Federal

Other Organizations
North Slope Borough, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service

Regions
North Slope

Collections
Ongoing North Slope Projects

Direct Record Link
http://catalog.northslopescience.org/catalog/entries/4622-assessment-of-contaminants-in-waterfowl-on-the