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counting geese in longyearbyen
19 May 2011 21:00
|You can clearly see the pink feet from close distance as the Pink-footed geese have gathered on small spots with no ice or snow cover.|
|Some of the best vegetated open spots can eb found in the village Longyearbyen. Geese have little alternative and are easily approached.|
|I am staying for 2 days in Longyearbyen for a meeting about SIOS.
I skipped dinner to spend an evening with two students counting the arriving geese in Adventdalen.
We count 83 Barnacle geese and 1335 Pink-footed geese close to the road. We also observe some individual marks:
(Barnacle goose have coloured legrings: green XVN; orange DSZ; green ZVI - Pink-footed geese have coloured neckbands: white H43; blue T40; white I41; white O13).
In my lectures I explain students why geese migrate north to breed.
Seeing the hostile environment, I almost start to doubt my own line of reasoning.
<-- Odd Helge Tunheim (right) en Camille Posocco (left) take me on their goose count. They will count geese every other day for the next weeks.
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