Resource selection and wintering phenology of White-winged Scoters in southern New England: Implications for offshore wind energy development

Lead/Team: D. Meattey, S. McWilliams, P. Paton, C. Lepage, S. Gilliland, L. Savoy, G, Olsen, J. Osenkowski

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has established 9 Wind Energy Area (WEA) lease blocks along the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf in areas that may provide important staging and wintering habitat for scoters and other species of sea ducks. In response, researchers used satellite telemetry to document the winter phenology and site fidelity, as well as fine-scale resource selection and habitat use, of 40 White-winged Scoters along the southern New England continental shelf.

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