Snow Geese and Salt Marshes: Catastrophic Effects of Overpopulation

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 7:30pm

Guest Speakers:  Kate Edwards

Location: Grenfell Campus, MUN LC301

Lesser snow goose populations in North America have increased in recent decades such that they have had widespread damaging effects on summer salt-marsh habitat in the Arctic. Long-term research near Churchill, Manitoba has investigated the causes and impacts of this rise in snow goose numbers, and the implications for the future of Arctic salt-marshes and other species that inhabit these ecosystems. This story weaves together topics of avian biology and behaviour, land-use change, plant growth, soil fertility, and climate change, emphasizing the interconnectedness of landscapes and ecosystems.

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