Seabird Concentrations in Late Summer Along the Coasts of Devon and Ellesmere Islands, N.W.T.

Peter L. McLaren, Wayne E. Renaud

Abstract


The presence of large concentrations of northern fulmars and black-legged kittiwakes along coasts of Devon and Ellesmere islands was documented in 1976 and 1978 by aerial surveys. Fulmars were present along these coasts from late July until mid-September, with peaks in late August and early September along Devon Island, and mid-September along Ellesmere Island. Black-legged kittiwakes were abundant along Devon Island after mid-September, but common along Ellesmere Island from late August to late September. Densities of both species were significantly higher in front of glaciers than along coastlines.

Key words: northern fulmar, black-legged kittiwake, arctic distribution, late summer, glacier front, Devon Island, Ellesmere Island


Keywords


Animal behaviour; Animal distribution; Fulmars; Kittiwakes; Sea birds; Baffin Bay-Davis Strait; Devon Island, Nunavut; Ellesmere Island, Nunavut

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14430/arctic2311

PID: http://hdl.handle.net/10515/sy5p55dm3

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