27 Oct '11, 3pm

Camera Traps in Arctic Show Impact of Oil Development on Birds

27 Oct 2011: Camera Traps in Arctic Show Impact of Oil Development on Birds Using a network of camera traps, scientists from the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have documented how oil development in the Arctic tundra can increase the presence of predators that attack nesting bird populations . WCS biologist Joe Liebezeit placed camera traps — View gallery WCS An Arctic fox charges a goose nest in the Prudhoe Bay oilfields automated cameras that take photos whenever an animal triggers an infrared sensor — near drilling sites in Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay oilfields and in a remote, undeveloped location in the tundra. The traps showed a larger number of predators — including foxes, ravens, and gulls — preying on nesting birds near the oilfields . Oil drilling structures not only provide nesting and denning territory for predators, but garbage from the drilling a...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/camera_traps_in_arctic_show_i...

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