Arctic Field Projects



Project Title: High Arctic Institute: Thule and Kangerlussuaq, Greenland Field Project (Award# Peregrine)

PI: Burnham, Kurt Kristopher (kburnham@higharctic.org)
Phone: (309) 526.3355 
Institute/Department: High Arctic Institute,  
IPY Project? NO
Funding Agency: US\Foundation\High Arctic Institute
Program Manager: Dr. Jennifer Mercer (jmercer@nsf.gov)
Discipline(s): | Biology |

Project Web Site(s):
Institute: http://www.higharctic.org

Science Summary:
The High Arctic Institute (HAI) continues Peregrine Falcon and Gyrfalcon research started in the early 1970’s by the Greenland Peregrine Falcon Survey. This research began in response to declining Peregrine populations across the globe as a result of the pesticide DDT. In 1974 research efforts transferred to The Peregrine Fund. In 1997 The Peregrine Fund established the High Arctic Institute at Thule, Greenland and in 2007 the Peregrine Fund was absorbed into the HAI. The HAI monitors Gyrfalcon and Peregrine Falcon populations breeding in the Thule and Kangerlussuaq areas. The HAI’s goal in Greenland is the understanding and conservation of Gyrfalcon and Peregrine Falcon populations and their environments, including prey species and habitat.

Logistics Summary:
The High Arctic Institute (HAI) is a non-profit conservation, research, and education organization that focuses on the study and conservation of birds in Greenland. Founded in 2006, the HAI takes over research initially begun in Greenland in 1972 on Peregrine Falcons and Gyrfalcons. While still conducting long-term studies and monitoring on both species of falcons, research scope has expanded to now include more than 25 different species. Currently the HAI focuses its field work in the Thule area, in northwest Greenland. This High Arctic region is home to tens of millions of birds and is one of the most unique and pristine habitats left in the world, with many of the species that occur in the area at the very northern limit of their range. Current research projects focus on the likely effects of climate change on these species and their response, including changes in nesting chronology, breeding ranges, and density. During each year researchers will work out of Thule Air Base (TAB) during the months of July and August conducting field work. In 2019 seven researchers will visit Thule Air Base during the month of July and early August. As in past years they will take day trips via a combination of boat, truck, and foot to field sites.

CPS will provide project manager assistance, lodging in building 345, safety and communications equipment, Thule clearance support, access to cold warehouse storage in Thule, and ANG support as required/requested. NSF will recoup costs associated with this support directly from High Arctic Institute (HAI). All other support with be organized and paid for by HAI.
SeasonField SiteDate InDate Out#People
2000Greenland - Kangerlussuaq04 / 10 / 2000 08 / 20 / 20008
2001Greenland - Kangerlussuaq04 / 23 / 2001 08 / 18 / 200111
2002Greenland - Kangerlussuaq06 / 09 / 2002 08 / 17 / 200210
2003Greenland - Kangerlussuaq06 / 02 / 2003 08 / 16 / 200313
2004Greenland - Kangerlussuaq05 / 17 / 2004 07 / 29 / 20045
2004Greenland - Thule07 / 12 / 2004 4
2005Greenland - Kangerlussuaq07 / 11 / 2005 2
2005Greenland - Thule07 / 12 / 2005 2
2006Greenland - Kangerlussuaq06 / 05 / 2006 06 / 14 / 20064
2007Greenland - Kangerlussuaq1
2008Greenland - Kangerlussuaq07 / 07 / 2008 07 / 09 / 20084
2008Greenland - Thule07 / 09 / 2008 08 / 21 / 20084
2009Greenland - Kangerlussuaq07 / 01 / 2009 08 / 08 / 20095
2009Greenland - Thule07 / 01 / 2009 08 / 08 / 20095
2010Greenland - Thule07 / 01 / 2010 07 / 30 / 20106
2011Greenland - Thule06 / 30 / 2011 08 / 12 / 20115
2012Greenland - Thule06 / 28 / 2012 08 / 10 / 20126
2013Greenland - Kangerlussuaq07 / 09 / 2013 08 / 21 / 20134
2013Greenland - Thule07 / 16 / 2013 08 / 02 / 20134
2014Greenland - Thule06 / 26 / 2014 08 / 08 / 20146
2015Greenland - Thule1
2016Greenland - Thule07 / 06 / 2016 08 / 10 / 20162
2017Greenland - Thule06 / 29 / 2017 08 / 11 / 20173
2018Greenland - Thule06 / 28 / 2018 08 / 17 / 20184
2019Greenland - Kangerlussuaq06 / 24 / 2019 06 / 25 / 20193
2019Greenland - Thule06 / 25 / 2019 08 / 09 / 20197
 


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