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Assessing shorebird use of lagoons in Cape Krusenstern National Monument


March 2014 - December 2018


Cape Krusenstern National Monument’s (CAKR) coastline includes lagoons and estuaries, which are important areas for migratory birds breeding and staging activities. Despite the vulnerability of these areas to effects of offshore energy development, little is known regarding abundance, species composition, distribution or use of coastal habitats by migrating waterbirds (shorebirds, waterfowl, and seabirds). We will address the following objectives at Krusenstern and Sisualik lagoons from mid July – late August, 2014:
1. Determine timing of use by post-breeding shorebirds
2. Determine species abundance and diversity of shorebirds
3. Document habitat use around and within the lagoon by shorebirds
4. Provide a comparison of data collected during this study to historic records for the area


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 9

Scientific Publications: 24

Presentations: 47



Funding Agencies

  • NRPP


Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Florida
  5. Wildlife Management Institute