Boreal forests and other northern forests of Alaska with foraging habitat of shallow water nearby. Nest sites in trees, large rocks, bluffs, or artificial structures, especially over water. Presence of beavers may be an important habitat component because flooding creates dead snags for nesting and shallow water for fish (Poole et al. 2002). Need adequate supply of fish within 10-20 km and shallow waters, open nest sites free of predators (elevated), and ice free season for fledglings. Forages in a variety of habitats: coasts, salt marshes, lagoons, ponds, estuaries, coral reefs, and offshore (Poole et al. 2002).
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