Our long-term study of the response of Arctic seabirds to a melting Arctic is of increasing importance as the effects of global warming become ever more obvious and the government’s commitment to the issue is uncertain. The population of Black Guillemots on Cooper Island is now half of what it was in the 1980s as the sea ice the birds depend on for food has steadily decreased. This past summer saw the second lowest sea ice extent on record (see below) with 2017 predicted to be even warmer.
Here’s how you can help: Support Friends of Cooper Island, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, with a financial donation:
Send a check:
Friends of Cooper Island
652 32nd Avenue East
Seattle, Washington 98112
What will your contribution provide?
- Transportation to and from the field
- Food, “housing,” and other support expenses in the field
- Post-field data entry and quality assurance
- Education and outreach programs