Date: 3/4/17 6:52 am From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947...> Subject: [wisb] Re: Snow, white-fr., and ross's: why they are easier to find
Hi Mike and all, As with all these kinds of things, expanding #s of geese is not an unmitigated good thing. If you look up some info on snows and ross's, you'll see they are actually damaging their own breeding habitat in some areas of the arctic and subarctic with dramatically increased feeding areas on sensitive tundra.
Management of these species is difficult, for a complicated set of reasons:
William Mueller Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org <wpmueller1947...> office 262-285-3374 cell 414-698-9108 blog: futureofbirds.blogspot.com Port Washington, WI
On Sat, Mar 4, 2017 at 8:32 AM, Mike Wanger <misterwanger...> wrote:
> Thanks for the information, Bill. Given the state of the planet and nature > in general, it's nice to see the word "expanding". Maybe the moderating > temperatures of late in the northern climes might be playing a part in more > favorable breeding conditions for geese and certain other species..... > > Mike Wanger > Milwaukee > > On Sat, Mar 4, 2017 at 12:44 AM, William Mueller <wpmueller1947...> > wrote: > >> Mike Wanger was wondering if it is unusual for all 3 of these species to >> be >> in an eastern county like Milwaukee. It is, but it is easier to find all 3 >> now, in more locations. The reason is that all 3 have expanding >> populations, and more individuals are found a little outside their former >> "normal" locations than 10-20 years ago, and that is likely to continue >> for >> a while. In addition to those 3, if you study the other Arctic breeding >> geese in the Old World, you will notice some of this same phenomenon going >> on there as well. Expect more North American records in the coming years >> of >> Pink-footed Goose, for example - and maybe one in WI before long. >> William P. Mueller >> Director, >> Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory >> wglbbo.org >> Blog: futureofbirds.blogspot.com >> 414.698.9108 >> >> >> #################### >> You received this email because you are subscribed to the Wisconsin >> Birding Network (Wisbirdn). >> To UNSUBSCRIBE or SUBSCRIBE, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: >> http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn >> To set DIGEST or VACATION modes, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: >> http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn >> Visit Wisbirdn ARCHIVES at: http://www.freelists.org/archives/wisbirdn >> >> >> >