A Scientist’s Blog from the Arctic

July 12, 2011

Dr. Steve Zack blogs on his migratory bird studies from Alaska’s Teshekpuk Lake, the largest Arctic wetland complex in the world.

From his remote tented camp near Alaska’s Teshekpuk Lake, WCS Conservation Scientist Dr. Steve Zack is blogging over the next several weeks for Yale Environment 360. The blog will cover his latest studies on the millions of migratory birds that flock to this region—the world’s largest Arctic wetland complex—each year.

The Teshekpuk Lake region is currently designated by the Bureau of Land Management, part of the U.S. government’s Department of the Interior, as a Special Area of the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska (NPR-A). Among other WCS research conducted here, Dr. Zack’s studies on density, diversity, and nest productivity in Teshekpuk and the nearby Prudhoe Bay oilfields, are intended to inform Department of Interior decisions on the future balance of development and wildlife protection in this singular landscape.

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