Barrows Goldeneye Assessment

Meehan, Amy
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
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More than 90% of the world’s population of Barrow’s Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) breeds from central Alaska to northern California (Robert et al. 2000). The species also breeds in Iceland, where the population is estimated at approximately 2000 birds (Robert et al. 2000). There has also been a small population associated with eastern North America, however, historically, breeding records have been sparse and, in many cases, unconfirmed (Bellrose 1980). Robert et al. (2000) documented the first record of Barrow’s Goldeneye breeding in eastern North America from surveys conducted from May 1990 to 1998.