Oilfield Development vs. Waterfowl in Arctic Alaska (abstract)

by Robert L. Newell, ARCO Alaska Inc, Anchorage, AK, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


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 | Shores | Offshore construction | Snow | Vegetation | Cold regions | Budgets | Ecosystems | Arctic | Alaska | United States | Canada

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