Coastal Waterbird Community Structures in the Sea of Okhotsk, Russia, during spring and fall in 1999 - 2004Entry ID: UAF_coastalwaterbirds
Abstract: This data set contains coastal waterbird survey data 1999 - 2004 in the Sea of
Okhotsk, Russia. It covers waterbird information (relative abundance),
collected with beach scans, percent scans and transect surveys along to the
coastal areas of the study area. Areas that were surveyed are: Northern
Sakhalin Island, Eastern Sakhalin Island, Southern Sakhalkin Island, West
... Kamchatka and Magadan region. These are either accessible beaches (sand and
gravel) or estuaries. Some areas have received a repeated survey effort over
years and seasons (spring and fall). Survey locations are few for the large
coastline but consist among the best available information for this region.
Coastal seabird surveys were carried out using beach scans, percent scans, and
transect surveys. Surveys were done by one person (Falk Huettmann, Mike Suitor
for Iturup and Sakhalin 2004). Beach scans are 360° scans of an area as far as
the naked eye can detect species. These scans are snapshots in time. Percent
scans were done where seabird flocks were large. The percentages of the species
and their age classes were identified; for larger flocks, numbers were
estimated. When noted, transect surveys were conducted along beaches. In this
instance the shoreline was followed at a constant even pace along the waters
edge representative for the beach. Seabirds were classified to species and age
class; moult and gender information was only sometimes possible. In all
surveys, binoculars were used to confirm the identities and age of seabirds.
Waterbirds were scanned for leg flegs, wing tags and other marks.
Data were collected in the field on paper and notebooks, and in the office
coded and transcribed, and then checked on hard copy and Excel spread sheets.
Data were pre-processed by Falk Huettmann and Mike Suitor, and finalized by
Jana Kotzerka and checked by Mike Suitor and Daisuke Kawai. Species
identification and bird numbers are done by Falk Huettmann and Mike Suitor (for
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Falk Huettmann
Dataset Title: Coastal Waterbird Community Structures
Dataset Release Date: 2005
Dataset Release Place: Fairbanks, Alaska
Dataset Publisher: University of Alaska
Start Date: 1999-08-01Stop Date: 2004-08-31
ISO Topic Category
Quality Sightings are referenced to the observer, the specific location, time and date.
Accuracy of bird ID and bird numbers are discussed elsewhere (see references
above). Larger species flocks have NOT been scanned for rare birds since this
was not part of study goals. GPS instrumentation was not available but
locations are ... available from the reports, publications and maps.
Methodology is consistent throughout. One principle observer (FH) was present
on all scan counts. Survey start and end locations are fixed.
Data and methods are complete. Transects with confirmed absence are reported.
Survey locations are fixed.
Elevation of sighting varies, information can be taken from a map.
Access Constraints By arrangement with data owner and contributing parties.
Use Constraints By arrangement with data owner and contributing parties.
Data Set Progress
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Fax: +01-907 4746967
Email: fhuettmann at alaska.edu
419 Irving I, PO Box 757000
Province or State: AK
Postal Code: 99775-7000
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at nasa.gov
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Global Change Master Directory
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Huettmann, F. (2003). Literature Review: Shorebird migration in the Sea of
Okhotsk region, Russian Far East, along the East Asian Australasian flyway for
selected species (Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris, Red Knot Calidris canutus,
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica). Doug Watkins (Environment Australia,
Huettmann, F., M. Suitor and ... J. Kotzerka. 2005. Coastal seabird community
structures in the Sea of Okhotsk during spring and fall: Preliminary findings
from 7 seasons of fieldwork. Proceedings of the 20th International Symposium
on Okhotsk Sea & Sea Ice, 20-25 February 2005, Mombetsu, Hokkaido, Japan. The
Okhotsk Sea & Cold Ocean Research Association. pp12-17.
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6/1 Charadriiformes/Lari. Wittenberg Lutherstadt, Ziemsen, Germany.
Kondratyeva,A. Y., N. Alexander, M. Litvinenko & G. W. Kaiser. (2000). Seabirds
of the Russian Far East. Special Publication Canadian Wildlife Service. Ottawa,
Kondratyeva,A. Y., N. Alexander, M. Alexander, Yu. Litvinenko, V. Shibaev, S.
Peter, S. Vyatkin, & L. F. Kondratyeva (2000). Chapter 3. The breeding seabirds
of the Russian Far East. In: Seabirds of the Russian Far East. pp. 37-81.
Edited by A. Y. Kondratyev, N. M. Litvinenko, G. W. Kaiser. Special Publication
Canadian Wildlife Service. Ottawa, ON, Canada.
Shuntov, V.P. (2000). Chapter 4. Seabird distribution in the marine domain. In:
Seabirds of the Russian Far East. pp. 83-104. Edited by A. Y. Kondratyev, N. M.
Litvinenko, G. W. Kaiser. Special Publication Canadian Wildlife Service.
Ottawa, ON, Canada.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-11-29
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-12-21