From Chris Sergeant, NPS Ecologist with the Southeast Alaska Network, Inventory and Monitoring:
"The Southeast Alaska Network (SEAN) is pleased to share our 2016 annual report estimating
Kittlitz's murrelets are a rare seabird that lives in Alaska and northeast Russia. Glacier Bay is home to a significant portion of the Kittlitz's global population. Kittlitz's murrelets rely on many of the same resources as marine mammals, including humpback whales, which makes them good indicators of the health of the marine food web. Marbled murrelets are also found in significant numbers in Glacier Bay. The lifecycle of Kittlitz's murrelets is often associated with glaciers, while marbled murrelets rely on old growth forests.
Read the complete report or find the report, all available data, and other supporting materials for download on the SEAN Kittlitz's Murrelet page.
The lifecycle of the rare Kittlitz's Murrelet is closely associated with glacial ecosystems. NPS Photo