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  1. Brian Huber

    Brian Huber Elite Refuge Member

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    I remember some talk about goose migration over the Pacific ocean. Thought some here would like this. IMG_20191111_094613_103.jpg IMG_20191111_094613_104.jpg IMG_20191111_094613_103.jpg IMG_20191111_094613_104.jpg IMG_20191111_094613_112.jpg IMG_20191111_094613_111.jpg IMG_20191111_094613_119.jpg
    @birdyologist
    Some pretty amazing data we are getting from these GPS/GSM collars. This White-fronted goose started his fall migration leaving Alaska on 9/24 and arriving in California on 9/27. Just three days directly over the Pacific ocean making two stops in the middle of the ocean, one for 12 hours! The loop in the map is him sitting in the ocean current. This goose flew right over the golden gate bridge before heading into the Sacramento valley. These geese catch a ride on the tail winds from pressure systems over the Pacific with an average speed of 50 MPH! The accelerometer picture shows the flying and sitting data. Thanks to all our partners @usgs @calwaterfowl
     
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  2. DuckFan

    DuckFan Elite Refuge Member

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    That is some interesting data right there!


    They must be really Hungry and ready for a big drink of fresh water by the time they get to CA
     
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  3. Calikev

    Calikev Elite Refuge Member

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    I always thought they used the coast to navigate their way but a direct flight over the ocean? Wow...........crazy stuff indeed.
     
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    Wood-Dro Elite Refuge Member

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    Absolutely amazing stuff there. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  5. Dek

    Dek Elite Refuge Member

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    Really cool stuff. It is amazing the trek they take to get here-what the heck was the loop around the valley all about? Almost makes me feel bad about shooting them after all that effort!
     
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    Brottboss Elite Refuge Member

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    Incredible, thanks for sharing.
    I have the utmost respect for the birds I/we harvest, even moreso after seeing that type of data.
     
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  7. greenheadguy09

    greenheadguy09 Senior Refuge Member

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    Almost . . . lol
    I’m right there with ya
     
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  8. Sweatliner

    Sweatliner Elite Refuge Member

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    Very cool Brian! Quite the journey. Gotta be crazy seeing a flock of specks floating out in the middle of the ocean. Every year we get them flying over from the West. We’re about 20 miles from the coast
     
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    Big Daddy Gaddy Elite Refuge Member

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    The loop is actually caused by Fishdog’s champion guide, Kit Carson Daily...he was out doing some ocean fishing and called them down.
     
  10. Mallardchasin'fool

    Mallardchasin'fool Elite Refuge Member

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    Really interesting information Brian. Thanks for sharing it with us.
     
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