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Arctic wild goose chase threatens chicks as temperatures rise

Arctic wild goose chase threatens chicks as temperatures rise

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Rising temperatures in the Arctic are encouraging Barnacle geese to speed up their migration journeys north every spring, says a new study.But their efforts to go faster are leaving them too drained to lay their eggs early when they arrive. This is bad news for the species as their chicks are hatched too late to take advantage of the best food, so fewer are surviving. The scientists involved say the birds will have to adapt and migrate earlier. Every spring these geese set out from their temperate wintering grounds in the North Sea, often stopping off in the Baltic to rest on their way to their breeding areas in the Russian Arctic.Goose bumpsHowever climate change is seeing spring arrive earlier in the Arctic, something the geese are blissfully unaware of...