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These geese honk with a Russian accent

Friday, November 29, 2013by  Jon Osterberg

They poop on our parks and lawns all winter to the annoyance of many.
   But the big, majestic snow geese that honk across our skies are familiar and dear to many Northwest residents. Scientists have long wondered, where exactly do those big birds go each spring?
   Wrangell Island, Russia, is the answer.
   That’s 3,100 air miles away. But not all of the geese migrate there in a straight line, which surprised scientists who tracked them with transmitters. Rather than follow the coastline, as presumed, some local snow geese actually fly eastward over the Rockies to Calgary, Alberta, on their way to Russia.
   About 70,000 snow geese winter in the Puget Sound region. Read the Everett Herald article.

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