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Steller’s eiders breeding in Alaska are listed as threatened with extinction under the US Endangered Species Act. In North America, a small breeding population of Steller’s eiders only nests regularly on the North Slope of Alaska, and eiders have nearly disappeared from their western Alaskan breeding grounds. Thus, the breeding population is vulnerable to extinction. A high priority recovery task is to develop techniques and assess options for reintroduction of birds to their previous nesting areas in western Alaska, to help increase numbers of eiders breeding in Alaska. The ASLC is helping develop required captive propagation techniques, release methods, and analyses to decide if and how reintroduction can help recover this threatened population.

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