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

Minnesota Project

Resource use of arctic peregrine falcons along the Colville River, Alaska

September 2010 - December 2015


Participating Agencies

  • Alaksa Field Office

The Colville River Special Area (CRSA) was designated in 1977 to protect nesting and foraging habitat of the then-endangered Arctic peregrine falcon. The objectives of this project are to (1) summarize and evaluate existing CRSA peregrine nesting data to assess nesting habitat use and related productivity, and (2) implement additional data collection efforts focused on assessing nesting area occupancy related to habitat and other factors associated with productivity. This information will help inform management of the CRSA.

Research Publications Publication Date
Bruggeman, J.E., T. Swem, D.E. Andersen, P.L. Kennedy, and D. Nigro. 2016. Multi-season occupancy models identify abiotic and biotic factors influencing a recovering Arctic Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus tundrius population in a variable climate. Ibis 158:61-74. DOI:10.1111/ibi.12313. | Download January 2016
Bruggeman, J.E., T. Swem, D.E. Andersen, P.L. Kennedy, and D. Nigro. 2015. Dynamics of a recovering arctic bird population: the importance of climate, density dependence, and site quality. Ecological Applications 25:1932-1943. DOI:10.1890/ | Download December 2015