Gyrfalcon Conservation Project

Goals

  • Establish a circumpolar monitoring program for the abundance and productivity of Gyrfalcons and their primary prey, ptarmigan, and study their ecology in a sample of sites over a wide geographic separation and a time scale of many decades to understand what factors limit their distribution and abundance, and how these factors change as climate in the Arctic warms.
  • Build and maintain a research coordination network of international partners from all Arctic countries (The Tundra Conservation Network) to conduct original research on the functioning of tundra ecosystems, how global climate change will affect the natural levels of biodiversity and ecosystem processes in tundra, and how these will ultimately affect Gyrfalcon populations worldwide.