Climate Change impacts on seabird phenology, chick growth and provisioning in the Gulf of Maine
USGS Northeast Climate Science Center
National Audubon Seabird Restoration Program
The National Audubon Seabird Restoration Program has collected over 25 years of data on three migratory tern species in the Gulf of Maine: the Common Tern (Sterna hirundo), the Arctic Tern (S. paradisaea) and the federally endangered Roseate Tern (S. dougallii). I will use this long-term data set to quantify changes chick growth, provisioning and phenology in response to physical changes in the environment. This project will make a contribution to understanding how both cross-trophic-level interactions and changing environmental conditions are impacting tern populations at a local level in the GOM.