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  • Wendy Loya
    Arctic LCC Coordinator

    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
    1011 East Tudor Road
    Anchorage, Alaska 99503
    (907) 786-3532
  • Paul Leonard
    Arctic LCC Science Coordinator

    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
    101 12th Avenue, Rm. 216
    Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
    (907) 456-0445
  • Josh Bradley
    Arctic LCC Data Manager

    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
    101 12th Avenue, Rm. 216
    Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
    (907) 455-1847

Shorebird Demographics and Climate Change

Project Summary
Fact Sheet Shorebird Demographic Network FactsheetAdobe Acrobat PDF file - 465 KB
Project CodeALCC2010-11
Project Lead(s) Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
DescriptionUsing carefully formulated scientific methods, the Arctic Shorebird Demographic Network (ASDN) seeks to understand the reasons why shorebird populations are declining, such as if not enough chicks are born or if adults are dying. They also do research to understand where shorebirds face threats, such as where they are nesting in the Arctic in the summer, when they are migrating or where they spend the winter. The results of this large research effort will make future conservation actions more efficient and targeted.

Why is this important to know?

This study provides a greater understanding of how birds have evolved over time to successfully hatch eggs under particular Arctic-predator conditions. More predators could occur with climate warming as more foxes, ravens and move north and with increased infrastructure that provides shelter (buildings, culverts) and food (unmanaged garbage). This could affect nesting success directly as well as indirectly, by causing birds that actively defend against predators to have to be more active. Changes in the landcover from melting permafrost could also make it harder for the shorebirds using camouflage as a nest-defence strategy if they are more visible.
The Arctic Shorebird Demographic Network is coordinated by Manomet, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Kansas State University. The project is funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Canadian Wildlife Service, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, and several generous individual donors.
Contributing Partner(s) Cornell University
Environment Canada
Kansas State University
Simon Fraser University
Trent University
University of Quebec
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Wildlife Conservation Society
LCC Funding$188,000.00
Partner Funding$770,493.00
Image Gallery
Long-billed Dowitchers (Limnodromus scolopaceus) foraging for invertebrate prey.
Long-billed Dowitchers (Limnodromus scolopaceus) foraging for invertebrate prey. Image by USFWS.
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Bird with geolocator
Geolocators are used to record when birds went on and off nests. Image by Ryan Askren.
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Banding Birds
Banding shorebirds! Image by River Gates.
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RFID tag reader
RFID tags were used to record when mom and dad incubated a nest. Image by Mihai Valcu.
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Red Knot
Red Knot on nest. Image by Luke Decicco.
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Western Sandpiper with geolocator. Image by Sam Franks.
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