Spring at the Top of the World

Wildlife Conservation Society conducted an estimate of the king and common eider duck population this spring in Barrow, Alaska. Eiders are colonial seabirds that nest along the coastline of Alaska’s Beaufort and northern Chukchi seas and are an important subsistence food species.

Michael Wald, of the tour company Arctic Wild, assisted with training and logistics during the eider population estimate and wrote about his experience here.

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Rebecca Bentzen (project Principal Investigator) observes eiders.

Bowhead whale in the lead edge.

Bowhead whale in the lead edge.

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Project biologists observing migration sea ducks.

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Project volunteer Rosemary McGuire takes a break from breaking trail on the sea ice along the lead edge of the Beaufort Sea.

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A flock of eider ducks migrating along the lead edge of the Beaufort Sea.

Climbing up to the viewing perch for a better vantage.

Climbing up to the viewing perch for a better vantage.

Counting eider ducks at Point Barrow, AK.

Counting eider ducks at Point Barrow, AK.

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