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Adapted from Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA), 2004. Impacts of a Warming Arctic.
Uploaded on Tuesday 21 Feb 2012
Major global bird migration routes to the Arctic
Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Bird species that migrate to the Arctic coasts and wetlands arrive from nearly every corner of the planet. During the summer, the sun never or nearly never sets, resulting in a short but intensive breeding season when millions of migratory birds arrive in the Arctic to breed. The majority of these birds seek the wetlands and coastal shores of the tundra plains. No other place on Earth receives so many migratory species from nearly all corners of the planet. The Arctic coastal regions therefore hold a very special global conservation value.