Compilation and Archival of Sea Duck Satellite Telemetry Data

Project Number: 131
Year Funded: 2010
Lead Institution(s): US Geological Survey
Project Lead: Alicia Wells-Berlin
Collaborator(s): Many
Location: North America
Focal Species: All Sea Ducks, Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola), Barrow’s Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica), Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula), Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus), Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis), Common Eider (Somateria mollissima), King Eider (Somateria spectabilis), Spectacled Eider (Somateria fischeri), Steller’s Eider (Polysticta stelleri), Common Merganser (Mergus merganser), Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus), Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator), Black Scoter (Melanitta americana), Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata), White-winged Scoter (Melanitta delgandi)
Project Description: Satellite telemetry has been the primary tool used to track migration of sea ducks. Many researchers with various affiliations have used this technique, representing a considerable investment due to high cost of transmitters, data acquisition, and capture and veterinary costs. In an effort to secure these valuable data sets in perpetuity, the SDJV contracted with USGS Patuxent to contact researchers with responsibility for satellite telemetry data sets, acquire the Argos and other metadata for deployments, and securely archive these data sets.
Project Reports:
Compilation and Archival of Sea Duck Satellite Telemetry Data