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Opting Out of Migration: As Climate Warms, Arctic-Nesting Geese Elect to Winter in Alaska Instead of Mexico

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The winter distribution of Pacific brant, a small, dark sea goose, has shifted northward from low-temperate areas such as Mexico to sub-Arctic areas as Alaska’s climate has warmed over the last four decades, according to a just-released article in Arctic. Until recently, nearly the entire (90 percent) population of Pacific brant wintered in Mexico, but now as many as to 30 percent are opting to spend their winters in Alaska instead, according to the U.S. Geological Survey-led study. Although records are sparse, fewer than 3,000 brant were detected wintering in Alaska before 1977, a number that has jumped to as many as 40,000 birds now.

http://www.spinics.net/lists/usgs/msg00252.html
Canadian geese are already staking out their claims in the Truckee Meadows. I haven't seen them here this early. They know something.
The lazy gene has kicked in. Why freeze your ass off in Mexico after flying 3000 miles when your can freeze it off after just flying 500 miles.



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