Portal to the Lesser White-fronted Goose

- by the Fennoscandian Lesser White-fronted Goose project

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AMBI plan welcomed by Arctic Ministers

The Arctic Migratory Bird Initiative (AMBI) Work Plans for the East Asian Australasian, Americas, African-Eurasian and Circumpolar Flyways, were on Friday welcomed as follows by the Arctic Ministers in their declaration at the end of the Canadian Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and hand over to the US: 39 Note the importance of the numerous Arctic breeding migratory bird species to communities in the Arctic and worldwide, welcome the Arctic Migratory Bird Initiative Action Plan, and invite all participants and observers in the Arctic Council to contribute to this initiative to improve the health of migratory bird populations and the ecosystems on which they depend.
The approved version of the AMBI work plans can be found here»

Now the real work begins, finding the resources to implement the plan and implementing it!

1 March 2015 by Ms Nicola J Crockford / RSPB, conveyed by T.Aarvak

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International Conference on the waterfowl of Northern Eurasia, November 30–December 06, 2015

The 5th Conference of the Goose, Swan and Duck Study Group of Northern Eurasia / The 17th Conference of the Goose Specialist Group of IUCN-Species Survival Comission and Wetlands International, will be held November 30 – December 06, 2015, in Salekhard, Yamalo-Nenetskiy Autonomous Okrug, Russia.
See the full meeting annoucement here»
Note specially the early registration fee dato of 25th May and last registration date of 25th September.

2 February 2015 by Fennoscandian LWfG conservation project

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New newsletter from the project Safe Ground for Redbreasts

Have a look at the newsletter from the Bulgarian led project “Conservation of the Wintering Population of the Globally Threatened Red-breasted Goose in Bulgaria”. It delves into stuff like the third Shabla kite festival, educational activities, agri-environment programs, and patrol programs to monitor compliance with hunting legislation. See it all at here».

19 December 2014 by Tomas Aarvak, Fennoscandian LWfG conservation project

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An adult Lesser White-fronted Goose ringed in Iran

On October 30th and adult Lesser White-fronted Goose was ringed and released by Koros Rabii from the national LWfG working group, Mazandaran Province, Iran. The bird was caught by local wildfowlers with nets in the Fereidoonkenar wetland in North Iran. This is the first ringed Lesser White-fronted Goose in Iran ever.

22 November 2014 by Fennoscandian LWfG conservation project

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Finnish Lesser White-fronted Goose conservation project celebrate its 30th anniversary.

The Lesser White-fronted Goose conservation project of WWF Finland celebrated its 30th anniversary in a seminar in the Liminka Bay Visitor Centre on Saturday 1 November 2014. The abstract publication of the seminar (mostly in Finnish) can be downloaded here».

The spring monitoring of LWfG on the Finnish Bothnian Bay coast, initiated by the project in 1985 and conducted annually since then, is the longest time series available of the development of the LWfG population. Since 1998, the Finnish project and the Lesser White-fronted Goose conservation project of NOF-BirdLife Norway have joined forces as the Fennoscandian Lesser White-fronted Goose project. The Fennoscandian Lesser White-fronted Goose conservation project has had an important role in the international conservation efforts for the species. As a result of 30 years of conservation work, the Fennoscandian LWfG population, that was continuously declining until 2010 to the verge of extinction, now shows a promising increase.

In the seminar, Mr. Juha Markkola who initiated the project in early 1980’s was awarded the golden badge of merit by BirdLife Finland.



Total number of spring staging Lesser White-fronted Geese on the Finnish Bothnian Bay coast in 1985–2014. Source: WWF Finland/Finnish LWfG conservation project.

3 November 2014 by Petteri Tolvanen, Fennoscandian LWfG conservation project