21 July 2007 11:00
Isdammen, the lake near Longyearbyen which holds the town's drinking water has developed into the largest
moulting site for barnacle geese on Spitsbergen. Last year numbers upto 1500 geese were counted.
Though it is close to town it has been restricted access, large and quiet. Even pinkfooted geese raise
their young here.
I have planned a catch to practice with the rest of the goose catching teams which are going to Nordenskioldkysten
and on a boat trip with FRAM. We have received great help from Steve Coulson at UNIS, who is developing an interest
in birds as vectors for long distance transport of insects.
The three goose expeditions needed a lot of logistic planning. Jouke Prop is running the expedition in
Nordenskiøldkysten and Jesper Madsen has organised the catch of pinkfooted goose from the boat FRAM in
Isfjorden and Edgøya.
During the catch, we have extra help from Inger Berggren, who is visiting Spitsbergen with a keen
interest in birds, Vidar Bakken, who has a long history in ornithology and teaches at UNIS and several
students from the course "flux of energy and matter from sea to land" at
Birger Amundsen of the local newspaper "Svalbardposten"
made a lot of pictures and we had two pages in this weekly.
"flux of energy and matter from sea to land" op