Project: 41013193-a6cb-49ed-8d31-84c4b1dd592b

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Project Title
Analysis of Historic Seabird Diet Samples
This project analyzes a backlog of seabird prey items collected from the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands for over 30 years.
Point of Contact(s)
LCC Network Data Steward
LCC Network Data Manager
Aleutian Bering Sea Islands LCC
Aleutian Bering Sea Islands LCC
Heather Renner
V: +1 907 235

Project Abstract

Continuous, long-term monitoring of the food habits of marine birds is a key component in detecting responses to anticipated climate change of both the birds and the prey populations on which they depend. The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge (AMNWR) has been collecting seabird diet samples from the Pribilof and Aleutian Islands for more than 30 years. With support from previous LCC funding, AMNWR has developed protocols for zooplankton sample analysis, created a reference collection of seabird prey items, and helped develop and populate a publicly available data management system. Still needed are process and capacity for whole fish samples and digested fish samples (hard parts such as otoliths). This project dovetails with project FY2013-04 that used Seabirds as Indicators of Climate Change. This project formalized a laboratory protocol and produced a manual and reference collection of samples. These will be of use not only to seabird biologists and managers but also to others that have similar diet samples. The funding we provided was obligated as part of a cooperative agreement administered by the USFWS Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and used to complete prey identification of auklet species.

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Project Keywords

  • ISO 19115 Topic Category (isoTopicCategory):
    • biota
  • Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords (theme):
    • BIRDS,
    • OCEANS
  • End User Types - Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC End User Type):
    • Academics & scientific researchers,
    • Conservation NGOs,
    • Federal resource managers,
    • Interested public,
    • K-12 students & teachers,
    • Policy makers & regulators,
    • State agencies,
    • Tribes
  • Project Category - Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC Project Category):
    • Decision Support,
    • Data Management and Integration,
    • Data Acquisition and Development
  • Deliverable Types - Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC Deliverable):
    • Report

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1c418c14-ef99-48b9-8e38-9af62f863fd1 Analysis of Historic Seabird Diet Samples mdJSON ISO 19115-2 HTML