The Ross's Gull (Rhodostethia rosea) in North America

Maftei, Mark (2014) The Ross's Gull (Rhodostethia rosea) in North America. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The population, distribution and range of the Ross's gull in North America remain poorly understood, as does almost every aspect of its ecology and biology. It breeds at a few disparate locations in the Canadian Arctic and is an annual fall migrant in northern Alaska where tens of thousands occur in the nearshore waters of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, but little else is known about the distribution, habitat requirements, migratory routes and wintering areas used by this species. In order to clarify the status of the Ross's gull in North America I sought to discover new breeding sites in the Canadian High Arctic in order to characterize nesting habitat requirements, develop a predictive model with which to identify suitable nesting habitat for Ross's gulls, and refresh outdated estimates of the number of individuals migrating past Point Barrow, Alaska. Taken together, my findings provide a comprehensive account of the current status of the Ross's gull in North America.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/12087
Item ID: 12087
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references.
Keywords: Ross's, Gull, Arctic, North America
Department(s): Science, Faculty of > Biology
Date: May 2014
Date Type: Submission

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