Emperor geese are an amazing and unique species. They are almost exclusively marine and never leave the arctic/subarctic latitudes, braving even in the cold of winter in locations such as the Kodiak Islands, Alaska Peninsula, and Aleutian Islands. I’ve been working with Alaska Department of Fish and Game the past few years to implant satellite transmitters in these birds so that their research biologists can understand their movements, predict their population size, and learn more about their life history. It’s important because they are so dependent upon healthy ocean ecosystems and they are also an important food source for native peoples.
In June, 2021, I’ll be out in western Alaska in a remote camp implanting 22 more transmitters in adult geese. The transmitters relay information via satellite for up to 2 years. I’ll also be assisting with local nesting surveys. I’ll be posting updates via satellite (text-only I’m afraid) to my social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter, so subscribe to those accounts if you’d like to learn our progress.
We’ve already performed similar implant trips in Kodiak and in the Yukon-Kuskokwim River Delta region in 2019-2020. You can learn more about emperor geese on the Alaska Dept of Fish and Game website.