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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

Research Products and Activities


  • Boldenow, M. L. 2018. Do wintering conditions drive population trends in semipalmated sandpipers (Calidris pusilla)? Evidence from a corticosterone biomarker. M.S. Thesis, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK.


  • Boldenow, M. L., R. B. Lanctot, A. S. Kitaysky, and A. N. Powell. 2015. Are winter conditions driving population trends in semipalmated sandpipers? Evidence from a feather corticosterone biomarker. 6th Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group Meeting, Wallops Island, VA.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1936

Presentations: 4260



  • Abby PowellPrincipal Investigator
  • Megan BoldenowStudent

Funding Agencies

  • NRPP


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey