19 Jul '11, 1pm

Tracking the Impact Of Oil Development on Wildlife

Arctic Blog: Tracking the Impact Of Oil Development on Wildlife By Steve Zack, Wildlife Conservation Society 19 Jul 2011 As my colleague Steve Kolbe drove us down a gravel road leading away from K-Pad in Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay oilfields, I looked to the side and said, “Whoa, stop!” There, past the multiple pipelines, a common raven was devouring a nest full of eggs, and nearby a glaucous gull waited for leftovers. The nest owners, a pair of white-fronted geese, watched helplessly as this year’s breeding effort came to an end. I grabbed my camera with its long lens and clicked away. These geese had flown some 2,500 miles from their wintering grounds in central California to breed in this once-remote region. The Arctic summer is short, so there usually isn’t time to try again. Steve Zack of the Wildlife Conservation Society blogs from the Arctic for Yale Environment 360 . The ...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/content/digest.msp?id=3037

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