The Bird on the Edge of Forever; Looking for the Eskimo Curlew
Authors: Eve Iversen, F.R.G.S.
The Eskimo Curlew (Numenius borealis) is one of the rarest birds in the world. They have only been reliably reported a handful of times in the 20st Century. These encounters have been accidental and systematic efforts to study the species have been unsuccessful. My objective was to determine a restricted area that has the highest probability of contacting fall migrating curlews. I used ARC MAP to combine the range map of their favorite food the crowberry with my reports and specimen records. The resulting target area is a strip of the Labrador coast from mid-August to late September.