Fresh Data - Pacific seabirds and whales lost in the Atlantic
|Goal||Collect wildlife observations to support research and monitoring|
|Task||photograph and report wildlife online|
|Where||Fresh Data - Pacific seabirds and whales lost in the Atlantic Region|
Welcome to Pacific seabirds and whales lost in the Atlantic! We are eager for online reports of particular wildlife, accompanied by photographs.
Accelerated loss of sea ice in the Arctic is opening routes connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans for longer periods each year. These changes may increase the ease and frequency with which marine birds and mammals move between the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean basins. Indeed, recent observations of birds and mammals suggest these movements have intensified recently. As the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans reconnect, we will face challenges to marine ecosystem conservation. This is also a great opportunity to examine the ecological and evolutionary consequences of these new migrations in real time. To understand these changes and implement effective conservation, we need to better model the rate of dispersal and the possible consequences. For that, we need data! You can help by watching out for, photographing and reporting these Pacific species in the Atlantic:
Birds: Horned puffin, Kittlitz's murrelet, Laysan albatross, Least auklet, Long-billed murrelet, Parakeet auklet, Pelagic cormorant, Short-tailed shearwater, Spectacled eider, Spectacled guillemot, Steller's eider, Tufted puffin, Fork-tailed storm petrel, Crested auklet.
Some of these animals may have closely related look-alikes. Don't be afraid to post them! The iNaturalist community can help, if you provide a few informative photos, and you can use a more general label like 'Seal' or 'Puffin' if you're not sure of the species.
As with all Fresh Data projects, the simplest way to participate is by submitting your observation and photo through iNaturalist. The iNat community can help you with species identification, and our research team will be notified that you’ve provided fresh data for this research project.
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You may report wildlife observations through a variety of platforms. If you do not have a favorite platform already, we suggest joining http://www.inaturalist.org/ to make observations for this project.
|Special Skills||Photography- it needn't be art, but it should be well lit and in focus|
|Ideal Age Group||High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Tags||birds, climate change, migration, whales|
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