|From 2009 to 2015 summertime KIMU abundance estimates in Glacier Bay proper have ranged from 7, 210 to 16,429.|
|KIMU are wide-ranging each summer, but perennial Glacier Bay hotspots include Reid Inlet, Hugh Miller-Scidmore Complex, and the west side of Russell Island.|
|Additional research is needed to understand the importance of glaciers to KIMU populations.|
|Information on the distribution and abundance of KIMU in Glacier Bay informs research on the extent of interactions between visiting cruise ships and murrelets.|
Kittlitz's murrelets abundance estimates, 2009-2015
Importance and Status
Estimated abundance of Kittlitz’s murrelets found on the water in Glacier Bay during 2009-2015 surveys in early July. Error bars represent one standard error.
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The Southeast Alaska Inventory and Monitoring Network is one of 32 networks across the United States that further the National Park Service’s strategy to improve park management through greater reliance on scientific information. The SE Alaska Network supports three national park units located in northern Southeast Alaska: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Sitka National Historical Park.
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Mike Bower, Program Manager
Bill Johnson, Data Manager
Chris Sergeant, Ecologist
Updated October 2015
Article submitted by: Erin Kunisch, Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center