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No. 32: Seabird colonies in the Melville Bay, Northwest Greenland II. Final survey in August 2013

Boertmann, D. 2013. Seabird colonies in the Melville Bay, Northwest Greenland II. Final survey in August 2013. Aarhus University, DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, 24 pp. Technical Report from DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy No. 32. dce2.au.dk/pub/TR32.pdf

Summary

In August 2013 seabird breeding colonies in the northern part of Melville Bay were surveyed to complete surveys in August 2012 in the southern and central part of Melville Bay. The present report describes the results. There were very few seabird breeding colonies in the surveyed part of Melville Bay (n = 15), and only glaucous gull and black guillemots bred in these colonies in low numbers compared to other sites in West Greenland. However, there are very large colonies of little auk in the westernmost part of the bay and along the coast between Cape York and Thule Air Base. These colonies were only mapped, as the bird numbers are almost impossible to count. The results will be incorporated into the Greenland Seabird Colony Register, and will be available for planning, monitoring and regulation of hydrocarbon activities.