Pigeon Guillemot Foraging and Breeding Survey
The Pigeon Guillemot is one of the 314 birds the National Audubon Society has identified as at-risk from climate change and will potentially experience eastward-shifting ranges.
The second season of the Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve and South Sound Pigeon Guillemot Foraging and Breeding Survey was conducted in summer 2014 as part of the Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee monitoring program.
Sixty volunteers and substitute monitors collected data weekly at 28 sites for one hour in the early morning, mainly during June, July, and August. Data collected included the number of adult birds seen in colonies, number of active burrows, trips to burrows, fish delivered to burrows, and disturbances to nesting areas.
Volunteers tally birds, record observed prey species, activity at burrows, and record disturbances (bald eagles, boat traffic, dogs on beach, etc)
Results of the study are provided to federal and state agencies, and organizations monitoring the health of Puget Sound. The program is funded wholly or in part by the National Estuary Program (of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).