Environmental Conservation


Traditional knowledge and satellite tracking as complementary approaches to ecological understanding

a1 23834 The Clearing Drive, Eagle River, Alaska 99577, USA
a2 North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management, PO Box 69, Barrow, Alaska 99723, USA
a3 Alaska Department of Fish and Game, 333 Raspberry Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99518, USA

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huntington hp   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
suydam rs   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
rosenberg dh   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 

The integration or co-application of traditional knowledge and scientific knowledge has been the subject of considerable research and discussion (see Johannes 1981; Johnson 1992; Stevenson 1996; McDonald et al. 1997; Huntington et al. 1999, 2002), with emphasis on various specific topics including environmental management and conservation (see Freeman & Carbyn 1988; Ferguson & Messier 1997; Ford & Martinez 2000; Usher 2000; Albert 2001). In most cases, examples of successful integration compare traditional and scientific observations at similar spatial scales to increase confidence in understanding or to fill gaps that appear from either perspective. We present a different approach to integration, emphasizing complementarity rather than concordance in spatial perspective, using two migratory species as examples.

c1 Correspondence: Dr Henry Huntington Tel: +1 907 696 3564 Fax: +1 907 696 3565 e-mail: hph@alaska.net