Important Bird Areas

Amakdedulia Cove

Alaska

Amakdedulia Cove is located on the western shore of lower Cook Inlet approximately 240 air miles southwest of Anchorage and 100 air miles west of Homer. It opens into the southern waters of Kamishak Bay in the shadow of an active volcano on Augustine Island. The region is roadless and virtually undisturbed by human development. Amakdedulia Cove supports a relatively small seabird colony. Eelgrass beds along the shoreline provide important nursery habitat for salmon and shellfish and spawning Pacific herring.

Ornithological Summary

The importance of this site is the breeding presence of 1% of the Double-crested Cormorant sub-species Phalacrocorax pelagicus cincinatus. Small numbers of Glaucous-winged Gulls and Tufted Puffins have also been observed here.

Large numbers (105 birds/km2) of seaducks (primarily scoters) raft in nearby waters during summer months. Shorebirds, gulls and diving and dabbling ducks are also common.

Conservation Issues

Natural resource extraction industry.

Ownership

The Exxon Valsez Oil Spill Trustee Council has endowed a Gulf Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM) program to conduct long-term research and monitoring efforts in the northern Gulf of Alaska, which includes Kamishak Bay and hence involves Amakdedulia Cove. The mission of GEM is to: Sustain a healthy and biologically diverse marine ecosystem in the northern Gulf of Alaska and the human use of the marine resources in that ecosystem through greater understanding of how its productivity is influenced by natural changes and human activities. The GEM program will use four highly interdependent natural systems in the Gulf of Alaska -- nearshore, watersheds, Alaska Coastal Current, and offshore habitats - as a tool to organize and provide focus to the overall program. The Cook Inlet Regional Citizen's Advisory Council (CIRCAC) will continue to conduct aerial video imaging at low tide in Kamishak Bay. The mapping characterizes the general morphology (substrates) and biological habitat types for the intertidal zone [3].