Bar-tailed Godwits Limosa lapponica in Alaska: A population estimate from the staging grounds
Bar-tailed Godwits Limosa lapponica were surveyed on their staging grounds in Alaska during September 1995 and 1997. The single high count of 94,000 birds closely matched that of counts from New Zealand and south-eastern Australia, the known non-breeding area for most of the baueri subspecies. Numbers recorded on the southern Yukon-Kuskokwim River Delta and at Egegik Bay, a small estuary along the Alaska Peninsula, qualify both areas as Hemispheric Reserves under the Westem Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, as sites within the East Asian-Australian Shorebird Reserve Network, and as Ramsar sites. The breeding origins, destinations, and taxonomic affinities of Bar-tailed Godwits staging on the coast of south-west Alaska need further assessment.
|Bar-tailed Godwits Limosa lapponica in Alaska: A population estimate from the staging grounds
|Robert E. Gill, Brian J. McCaffery
|Wader Study Group Bulletin
|USGS Publications Warehouse
|Alaska Science Center