Landbird Research in Alaska

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Beak Deformities, Boreal Partners in Flight and USGS Changing Arctic Ecosystems Boreal-Arctic Transition Zone.

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Biologist looking through binoculars on the tundra of the Seward Peninsula, Alaska

USGS biologist Skyler Vold conducts a bird survey on Alaska’s Seward Peninsula.
​​​​​​​(Credit: Lance McNew, USGS. Public domain.)

Beak Deformities in Landbirds

The Alaska Science Center began research on a cluster of beak deformities in landbirds in Alaska in 1999. We have since identified more than 3,000 Black-capped Chickadees affected by this disease, known as avian keratin disorder, which represents the highest concentration of such abnormalities ever recorded in a wild bird population!  More recently, increasing numbers of other species, including nuthatches, woodpeckers, crows, and jays have also been reported with beak deformities by biologists and local residents.

 

Boreal Partners in Flight

Alaska Landbird Resource Information System, the official web site for Boreal Partners in Flight!  Here is the place to learn more about the Boreal Partners in Flight program and our efforts to understand and conserve northern populations of  landbirds.

 

USGS Changing Arctic Ecosystems Boreal-Arctic Transition Zone

The Role of Ecosystem Changes Across the Boreal–Arctic Transition Zone on the Distribution and Abundance of Wildlife Populations