Survey of Large Birds of Prey and Corvids with Emphasis on Eagles

AERC partners monitor an active raven nestSurvey of Large Birds of Prey and Corvids with Emphasis on Eagles
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
February 2017 to August 2018                               

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson supports breeding populations of a number of large raptors, including Bald and Golden Eagles, Northern Goshawks, Osprey, and Red-tailed Hawks, as well as large corvids such as Ravens. Aerial surveys, ground truthing, and data collection on large bird nests on the installation is needed to monitor nesting success and productivity, as well as to assist with Alaska Landbird Monitoring and other avian conservation surveys. AERC researchers will conduct aerial surveys and subsequent ground-based nest surveys early in the breeding season to document and map active and inactive raptor and corvid nests.

  • Perform aerial surveys of raptor and corvid nests on JBER
  • Perform subsequent ground truth surveys to confirm activity in nests found during aerial surveys.
  • Provide data and assist federal biologists in preparation of installation map documenting the location of bird of prey nests.

Project in Pictures

  • JBER wildlife manager Kristy Craig monitors raptors with assistance from AERC researchers
    JBER wildlife manager Kristy Craig monitors raptor nests with assistance from AERC researchers.
  • An active Eagle Nest at JBER
    An active Bald Eagle nest at Otter Lake on JBER.
  • A Bald Eagle carries nest material
    A Bald Eagle carries nest material during the survey.
  • JBER wildlife manager Kristy Craig documents a raven nest
    JBER wildlife manager Kristy Craig documents a raven nest during the survey.
  • An active raven nest documented during the survey
    An active raven nest documented during the survey.