Friends of Cooper Island

The impacts of changes in arctic pack ice on Cooper Island seabirds are included in a recent publication that examines the biological consequences of ice melt in the Arctic and Antarctic:

High latitude changes in ice dynamics and their impact on polar marine ecosystems [Download PDF]

Moline, M. A., N. J. Karnovsky, Z. Brown, G. J. Divoky, T. R. Frazer, C. A. Jacoby, J. J. Torres and W. R. Fraser. 2008. Pp 267-319 in: The Year in Ecology and Conservation Biology 2008. R. S. Ostfeld and W. H. Schlesinger (eds.). Annals New York Acad. Sci., 1134.

Supernormal delay in hatching, embryo cold tolerance and egg fostering in the Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle.

Divoky, G.J. and B.B. Harter. 2010. Marine Ornithology 38:7-10.

PolarpaloozaThe long-term data set on seabird breeding biology, as well as recent observations on the increase of polar bears on the Alaskan Beaufort Sea coast are being included in an International Polar Year public outreach and education program called Polar-Palooza: Stories from a changing planet.

In 2008 and 2009 George Divoky participated in Polar-Palooza public presentations in a number of U.S. cities and in Brazil and China. A video was produced for Polar-Palooza on Cooper Island research and shown on National Geographic television last April.

Polar-Palooza presentations have also featured video of polar bears visiting Cooper Island in 2007 and 2008. Once extremely rare visitors to the island, they are now regular in late July and August.  Watch the videos.

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