Study Finds Risk to Some Birds Nesting Near Oil Fields in Alaska

New York Times – As oil and gas companies press to tap new deposits in remote places, scientists are trying to gauge and limit the ecological impact of pipes and other structures in otherwise wild lands.  Nowhere is that effort more intense than on the Arctic coastal plain of the North Slope of Alaska — a Maine-size stretch of open lands that is snow-blown and ice sheathed in winter, but a verdant breeding ground for caribou and millions of birds in summer.

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Link to Abstract: “Influence of human development and predators on nest survival of tundra birds, Arctic Coastal Plain, Alaska” (Ecological Applications, September, 2009).

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