Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Alaska
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Alaska Project

Assessing shorebird use of lagoons in Cape Krusenstern National Monument

March 2014 - December 2018


Participating Agencies

  • NRPP

Cape Krusenstern National Monument’s (CAKR) coastline includes lagoons and estuaries, which are important areas for migratory birds breeding and staging activities. Despite the vulnerability of these areas to effects of offshore energy development, little is known regarding abundance, species composition, distribution or use of coastal habitats by migrating waterbirds (shorebirds, waterfowl, and seabirds). We will address the following objectives at Krusenstern and Sisualik lagoons from mid July – late August, 2014: 1. Determine timing of use by post-breeding shorebirds 2. Determine species abundance and diversity of shorebirds 3. Document habitat use around and within the lagoon by shorebirds 4. Provide a comparison of data collected during this study to historic records for the area

Presentations Presentation Date
Boldenow, M. L., R. B. Lanctot, A. S. Kitaysky, and A. N. Powell. 2015. Are winter conditions driving population trends in semipalmated sandpipers? Evidence from a feather corticosterone biomarker. 6th Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group Meeting, Wallops Island, VA. September 2015