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Photos: Goose habitat in NPR-A

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  • Updated: May 31, 2016
  • Published January 11, 2014

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.

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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