Avian Species of Special Concern and Eagle Nest Survey

Picture of Juvenile bald eagle on JBER

Avian Species of Special Concern and Eagle Nest Survey
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
August 2016 to April 2018

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) encompasses large tracts of boreal wetland habitat which are home to a variety of bird species. Bird species-at-risk on JBER must be monitored both to ensure their long-term survival and to mitigate their impacts on military readiness. AERC staff are collecting data on Species Of Special Concern (SOSC) to assist in understanding both the effects of military activities on birds and the potential for bird activity to impact military training and readiness. The survey data and sampling methods developed during this project will allow JBER land managers to better understand habitat occupancy and seasonal variability of resident and migratory birds ranging from Rusty Blackbirds to Bald Eagles.

  • Survey known and presumed locations of Species of Special Concern (SOSC) habitat. Includes assessment of eagle nesting activity and productivity.
  • Develop and implement a sampling protocol to evaluate seasonal occupancy and nesting at Eagle River Flats impact range.
  • Conducted by faculty and graduate students from UAA’s Environment and Society Department.