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Uploaded on Monday 13 Dec 2010 by Peter Prokosch

Barnacle Geese (Branta leucopsis), Northern Friesland

Year: 2010
From collection: Arctic Biodiversity
Taken by: Peter Prokosch
The Barnacle Goose Winters in Northern Europe and breeds mostly in the Arctic islands of the North Atlantic. They tend to nest high up on cliff faces or hills near wetlands and marshes, using the same nests year after year. The nests sit high up, away from predators like the Arctic Fox or Polar Bear, but also away from food. The youngsters, unable to fly, jump from the cliff face in order to get to food sources below and often fall to their deaths on the rocks below. The barnacle Goose is covered by the agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), which requires that 118 countries across the Globe engage in an action plan addressing habitat conservation, management of human activities, research and monitoring and education with regard to 225 species of birds that are ecologically dependent on wetlands.
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