Diminished Arctic sea ice and thawing permafrost, phenomena that reinforce the climate change cycle and perpetuate the region’s warming trend, are not bad for all creatures of the north, a new study has found.
On Alaska’s North Slope, the changes have proved good for geese, according to a new study by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Alaska and published in the latest issue of Environmental Research Letters.
Brant -- a type of small, dark goose that winters in Baja Mexico and migrates each spring to Alaska -- are thriving on the changing North Slope coastline, the scientists found.
“Essentially, it looks like the brant population has grown both in numbers and in range,” said Paul Flint, a USGS wildlife biologist and study co-author.
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