Avian top predators in Greenland - their role as environmental indicators and ecosystem modulators

  • Ravn Merkel, Flemming (Project manager)
  • Huffeldt, Nicholas Per (Project participant)
  • Møller, Søren (Project participant)
  • Knud, Falk (Project participant)

Project: Research

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Avian predators, such as raptors, play a vital role in maintaining the balance of ecosystems. They serve as ecosystem modulators by influencing the population of prey species, the food web structure, and the nutrient cycling, but are also important indicators of ecosystem health. The Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (GINR) have had little focus on these topics in the past, but with this application we want to fill this void and build up knowledge and capacity at the institute on important avian predators in Greenland, and their role as ecosystem indicators and modulators.
We want to focus on two iconic and dominating raptors of Southwest Greenland, the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus tundrius) and the Greenland white-tailed sea eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla groenlandica). Both species are apex predators and have their main Greenlandic distribution in Southwest Greenland. While the falcons mainly interact with the terrestrial environment and only stay in Greenland during the 5-month breeding season, the eagles interact with both the terrestrial and marine environment and remain in Greenland all year round.
Short titleAvian top predators in Greenland
Effective start/end date01/09/202331/12/2028

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