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

Alaska Project


The effects of wetland management and landscape characteristics on black tern and associated species breeding colonies

April 2007 - December 2010


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • Science Support Partnership

Information needs identified by the USFWS include identification and inventory of existing colonies and breeding habitat, and the effects of wetland management and restoration; development of population monitoring protocols will also be addressed. The objectives of this study are to: (1) evaluate information collected for the USFWS Species Assessment for its potential to determine habitat availability across the breeding range of Black Terns; Researchers will use a subsample of wetlands within the Black Tern breeding range to: (2) inventory existing Black Tern colonies; (3) inventory and assess large-scale habitat characteristics; (4) make preliminary evaluations of the effects of wetland management and restoration on breeding populations of this species. Researchers will use information collected during this study to assist in the development of standardized monitoring protocol.

Research Publications Publication Date
Steen, V. A. and A. N. Powell. 2012. Wetland selection by breeding and foraging Black Terns in the Prairie Pothole Region of the United States. Condor 114:155-165. February 2012
Steen, V. A. and A. N. Powell. 2012. Potential effects of climate change on the distribution of waterbirds in the Prairie Pothole Region, U.S.A. Waterbirds 35(2):217-229. September 2012
Presentations Presentation Date
Steen V. A. and A. N. Powell. 2009. A comparison of multi-scale habitat models for black terns. Poster, 16th Wildlife Society Conference, Monterey, CA. September 2009
Steen V. A. and A. N. Powell. 2009. Habitat selection of black terns in the Prairie Pothole Region. 33rd Waterbird Society Conference, Cape May, NJ. November 2009
Steen V. A. and A. N. Powell. 2009. Nest site and foraging habitat selection by black terns in the Prairie Pothole region. COS/AOU/SCO Joint Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. February 2010
Steen, V. and A. Powell. 2011. Potential effects of climate change on waterbirds in the Prairie Pothole Region, USA. 11 March, AFO/COS/WOS Joint Meeting, Kearney, NE. March 2011
Steen, V., A. N. Powell, and S. Skagen. 2011. Potential effects of climate change on the distribution of wetland-associated birds in the Prairie Pothole Region, USA. 14 March, Waterbird Society Annual Meeting, Grand Island, NE. March 2011
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Steen, V. 2010. Waterbird distribution and habitat in the prairie pothole region, USA. M.S. Thesis, University of Alaska, Fairbanks. December 2010