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Josh Adams

Research Biologist

Western Ecological Research Center

Email: josh_adams@usgs.gov
Office Phone: 831-460-7566
Fax: 831-427-4748
ORCID: 0000-0003-3056-925X

Supervisor: Tom S Kimball
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We deployed miniature Temperature-Depth Recorders (TDRs; Cefas G5, 3 g, Cefas Technology Ltd., Lowestoft, UK) to measure dive depths and wet/dry condition (depending on TDR model year). TDRs have a saltwater switch that, when immersed, initiates a FastLog mode to record pressure and temperature at high resolution. The FastLog mode can be programmed to record only if the pressure is greater than a user-defined threshold (e.g. dive depth). In addition, some units have a wet/dry setting to record the start and end times of wet periods (bouts of time on the water, regardless of dive behavior). CEFAS G5 TDRs are an archival unit, requiring recapture of the tagged bird to recover the tag and download data. TDRs were...
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We deployed miniature Temperature-Depth Recorders (TDRs; Cefas G5, 3 g, Cefas Technology Ltd., Lowestoft, UK) to measure dive depths and wet/dry condition (depending on TDR model year). TDRs have a saltwater switch that, when immersed, initiates a FastLog mode to record pressure and temperature at high resolution. The FastLog mode can be programmed to record only if the pressure is greater than a user-defined threshold (e.g. dive depth). In addition, some units have a wet/dry setting to record the start and end times of wet periods (bouts of time on the water, regardless of dive behavior). CEFAS G5 TDRs are an archival unit, requiring recapture of the tagged bird to recover the tag and download data. TDRs were...
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This data relase is a product of Atlas of Breeding Seabirds of the Main Hawaiian Islands Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge (KPNWR) is an important seabird breeding site located at the northeastern tip of Kauaʻi in the main Hawaiian Islands (MHI). Despite the regional significance of KPNWR as one of the most important breeding sites for Red-tailed Tropicbirds (Phaethon rubricauda), Red-footed Boobies (Sula sula), and Wedge-tailed Shearwaters (Ardenna pacifica) in MHI, robust and accurate population surveys have not been consistently conducted and recent information is lacking. In this study, we completed comprehensive population surveys for these three species during the 2019 breeding season. Using direct censusing...
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This database is a compilation of marine mammal and seabird information collected along the Pacific coast of the United States and U.S. territories in the Pacific from surveys that were solicited among regional research communities and persons. Information from standardized surveys was gathered from 2015 to 2018 and includes programs and researchers who collected information regarding seabirds since 1960. These data support the following publication: Adams, J., Lafferty, K.D., Kelsey, E.C., and Johnston, C.A. 2019. Synopsis of Research Programs that can Provide Baseline and Monitoring Information for Offshore Energy Activities in the Pacific Region: Seabird and Marine Mammal Surveys in the Pacific Region. U.S....
We used a stratified-random sampling approach to estimate the total abundance of Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Ardenna pacifica) nest sites across Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge (KPNWR), Kauaʻi, during 1-7 July 2019. We first identified strata as unique geographic areas of the refuge to account for potential differences in nesting habitat and non-uniform nest site clustering. We then sub-divided strata where we expected high, low, minimal, or no nest site abundance. These distinctions were based on knowledge of shearwater nesting distribution gained while performing extensive ground-searching for tropicbirds across the entire refuge in April and May 2019. We delineated strata boundaries using recent satellite...
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