[wisb] Fwd: Re: Snow Geese...are they bad??

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> From: John Rasmussen <jras@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: March 17, 2012 8:46:22 AM CDT
> To: Mitch Mode <mitch.mode@xxxxxxxxx>, Durkin Pat 
> <patrickdurkin@xxxxxxxxxxx>, Kevin Kearns <dkkearns@xxxxxxxxxxx>, Sally Mode 
> <shmode@xxxxxx>, Mccaffery Keith <mccafk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: Fwd: [wisb] Re: Snow Geese...are they bad??
> 
> i remember the folks at the Rowe Sanctuary in kearney were worried about 
> surplus snows displacing the cranes for food there.   similar numbers of 2 
> million were mentioned there 2 years ago.
> ras
> 
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>> From: "Kevin Kearns" <dkkearns@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Date: March 17, 2012 7:36:32 AM CDT
>> To: <wisbirdn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Subject: [wisb] Re: Snow Geese...are they bad??
>> Reply-To: dkkearns@xxxxxxxxxxx
>> 
>> I know that for the time period between 1995-2008, there were many concerns
>> regarding overpopulation of Snow Geese on their breeding ranges. The basics
>> are that Snow Geese have had a much easier time during winter and migration
>> with all the farm fields around, so more are surviving winters and
>> migrations, and are arriving north of the artic circle healthier, thereby
>> producing more chicks. There have been calls for the past 15 years to
>> increase pressure on the population (i.e. hunting) to reduce the numbers.
>> The main issue is that with so many in their breeding range, they are
>> completely denuding the tundra of all vegetation, creating a desert in
>> essence which is impacting other species.  Several good articles can be
>> found at:
>> 
>> http://www.birderslounge.com/2009/03/duck-duck-goose-snow-goose/
>> (Non-technical, but good synopsis)
>> 
>> http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/birds/snowprob/index.htm (Technical but
>> based on 16 year old studies)
>> 
>> http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-04-04/news/bs-ed-geese-20110404_1_snow
>> -geese-snow-goose-brilliant-bodies (Recent news story showing the problem is
>> still ongoing)
>> 
>> http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/NewReportsPublications/PopulationStatus/Wa
>> terfowl/2011WaterfowlStatusReport.pdf (Pgs 48-52)
>> 
>> It does appear that their population is still increased by a very large
>> number, there was an estimated 2.9M in winter of 2006-7, biologists had set
>> a goal of 1.5M total. Just like any population of any organism, if the
>> checks and balances are out of whack, huge increases (or decreases) can and
>> most likely will occur.
>> 
>> Kevin Kearns
>> Lake Mills
>> 
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>> Subject: [wisb] Snow Geese...are they bad??
>> 
>> 
>> I was surprised to hear a comment today regarding Snow Geese.  I have never
>> seen anything posted about them being so over populated in some areas?  Can
>> anyone enlighten me?
>> Wyleen High
>> Amherst, Portage CO
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