17 September, 2009

Arctic Geese Skip Migration as Planet Warms

From Discovery News, by Michael Reilly:

"In the Fall of 2007, tens of thousands of small arctic geese called Pacific brant (Branta bernicla nigricans) decided not to go south for the winter.
For these long-haul migratory birds, it was a dramatic choice -- they usually spend the cold months munching their favorite eel grass in the waters off Mexico's Baja peninsula. But changes in Earth's climate have so affected them that the barren windswept lagoons of western Alaska are looking more and more appealing.
The trend is likely to continue, according to a new study, affecting not only brant but a host of migratory birds around the globe."

Read the whole article from Discovery News.

I just hope that the spectacular arctic geese migration, known as "Arktika" here in Finland, will not disappear...

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