Please join us at Town Hall Seattle on the evening of Tuesday, March 7. In addition to providing an update on the status...
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March 15, 2022 Town Hall Seattle Reception at 6 pm with presentation at 7 pm We are happy to once...
The ice pack on Cooper Island has changed dramatically in the 18 years since these 2 pictures were taken on the same day, at the same location. See for youself with our interactive display.
Dr. George Divoky’s long-term study of Arctic seabirds has dramatically documented global warming and its consequences on the Black Guillemot colony.
Maintaining a long-term study of an Arctic seabird on a remote island off the northern Alaska coast has never been...
On first sight, what most people notice about Black Guillemots in their summer plumage are their bright red legs. The species could easily be called “Red-legged Guillemot” - were there not two other species in the guillemot genus Cepphus with red legs.
Black Guillemot Breeding Pairs
With the ice packs receding further from breeding grounds…
Black Guillemots can’t find enough nutrient-rich fish to feed their young.
Fifty Summers in the Arctic
Stories of Change, Science & Hope
This is the 2022 Cooper Island Annual Update from March 7, 2023 at Town Hall, Seattle. In addition to providing an update on the status of George’s seabird study colony and the melting Arctic, George shares stories (some funny, some sad) about the joy and heartbreak of maintaining a remote field camp for five decades.
Arctic Sea Ice Concentration
Sea ice concentration = ratio of sea ice to water
<30% sea ice concentration = ships can travel here.
>90% = solid ice.
Arctic Cod is a high protein food source that Black Guillemots feed their chicks. Arctic cod only live under sea ice packs.