Oilfield Development vs. Waterfowl in Arctic Alaska (
by Robert L. Newell, ARCO Alaska Inc, Anchorage, AK, USA,
Abstract: The newest oilfield in Alaska is the Lisburne field under development by ARCO Alaska, Inc. , Standard Alaska Production, and Exxon. The Lisburne field is completely surrounded by the older Prudhoe Bay oilfield and is situated around the coastline of Prudhoe Bay totaling 63/km**2. In 1985 a study was begun to monitor oilfield construction and development activities on the following waterfowl: Brant (Branta bernicla), Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens), Canada Goose (Branta canadensis), Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons), and Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus). The following study objectives were pursued: to document abundance, distribution, and movements during pre-nesting through fall staging; to determine nesting densities and production of young; and to quantify activity budgets and reactions to disturbance from nesting through fall staging. Preliminary results indicate an amazing tolerance by these birds.
Subject Headings: Bays | Budgets | Birds | Offshore construction | Shores | Vegetation | Snow | Cold regions | North America | Alaska | United States | Arctic | Canada
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