The Kittlitz's Murrelet Brachyramphus brevirostris is bird is a species of
environmental concern, and only 21 confirmed nest locations are published for
North America. A wider analysis of these nest sites is coming forward, and it
appears that these nests are associated with glaciers and vulcanoe slopes.
However, this is only an impression based on the small sample of nests.
This species also ... occurs in Russia, but only few details are known. The species
is reported to underlie drastic declines during the last 20 years, likely due
to global change, e.g. glacier retreat.
The data presented here are derived from a species account (Day et al. 1999)
and geo-referenced in Arc View GIS. They can be used for further analyzing and
modeling in a Geographic Information System (GIS). Caution is to be taken when
interpreting these nest locations because the sample size is extremely low, and
nests were found in a somewhat opportunistic fashion. For use and
interpretation of this data set, please contact experts.