Science Cafe – Conservation Biology of the Common Eider

  • April 24, 2012

  • Sea birds such as the Common Eider are an important part of life in the North. Disturbingly, Inuit hunters have recently detected mass die-offs among the Common Eider in the Arctic regions. It has been discovered that the phenomenon is the result of a multi-year avian cholera outbreak that is spreading across the eastern Arctic. To complicate matters, it’s also been confirmed that worsening polar bear predation on eider nesting islands may be the next emerging conservation concern for this species.

    Join Grant Gilchrist, an adjunct professor in the Department of Biology who has conducted extensive work on sea birds in Canada’s North, to learn more about the various threats against this Arctic species.