Monday, August 15, 2011

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At the off chance that a trip to Oceania is in your future, please see the message below from the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge...

WATCH FOR BANDED BRISTLE-THIGHED CURLEWS ON YOUR PACIFIC ISLAND VACATION

 
The Bristle-thighed Curlew is a rare shorebird that breeds only in western Alaskan and spends the non-breeding season on islands and atolls in the Central and South Pacific. In 2010 and 2011, Bristle-thighed Curlews were marked on their breeding grounds in the southern Nulato Hills of Alaska with coded leg flags as part of an effort to estimate current population size and track survival rates of adult curlews. Birds from this area are known to spend their non-breeding season in the Hawaiian Islands (Hawaii, Oahu, Kauai), Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (Midway Atoll, Laysan and Lisianksi Islands), Marshall Islands, Gilbert Islands, Nauru, and probably the Line Islands. Look for them from August to April.
Leg flags are bright green and have a two-digit code in white. The code consists of either two numbers or two letters. The leg flag is located on the upper leg (right or left), while a standard numbered metal band is on the other leg. We have marked 69 adult curlews with green leg flags. Two flagged birds were observed during the winter of 2010-11, one on Sand Island at Midway and one on Oahu.
PLEASE REPORT ANY OBSERVATIONS OF THESE MARKED BIRDS TO:
Kristine Sowl Phone: 907-543-1027
Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge Email: kristine_sowl@fws.gov
P.O. Box 346
Bethel, AK 99559 USA

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