Avian Studies for the Alpine Satellite Development Project, 2020

Aerial and ground surveys of avian wildlife have been conducted in the ASDP area since 1993. These surveys were originally designed to collect data on the distribution, abundance, and habitat use of 5 focal taxa (common names followed by Iñupiaq names) in support of permit applications: Spectacled Eider (Qavaasuk), King Eider (Qiŋalik), Greater White-fronted goose (Niġliq), Tundra Swan (Qugruk), and Yellow-billed Loon (Tuullik). Aerial surveys were used to collect data on eiders, loons, and gulls in the Colville Delta study area because of the large size of the study area and the short periods of time that each species is at the optimal stage for data collection.

In 2020, surveys focused on 2 species and 1 species group: Spectacled Eiders, a federally listed threatened species; Yellow-billed Loons, a listed sensitive species by BLM (BLM 2010) with a limited breeding range; and brood-rearing geese, populations of which have been growing dramatically on the delta in recent years. Data were collected on other eider species (mainly King Eider) concurrently during the Spectacled Eider survey. Systematic and incidental observations of Glaucous Gulls (Nauyavasrugruk) and incidental observations of Pacific Loons (Malġi) and Red-throated Loons (Qaqsrauq) were recorded during Yellow-billed Loon surveys. Surveys for brood-rearing geese were planned for the Colville River delta in 2020, however they were cancelled to avoid potential disturbance to caribou hunters.

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Field Value
ISO Topics biota, structure
Other Contacts CPAI Environmental Studies Coordinator (Email: n1798@conocophillips.com)
Primary Organization ABR, Inc.
Funding Organizations ConocoPhillips
Other Organizations ConocoPhillips
Organization Types Industry and Consultants
Status Ongoing
Created February 15, 2021, 05:58 (AKST)
Last Updated July 1, 2021, 22:51 (AKDT)