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Barnacle Goose

Branta leucopsis

An arctic species. In the past, barnacle geese were seen in Finland only when they migrated across the land. The first confirmed nesting took place in the 1980s in Inkoo’s archipelago. In Helsinki, barnacle geese started nesting in the wild in 1989.

When migrating, barnacle geese fly in a plough-shaped grouping or in a line. These birds rarely stop to rest. Barnacle geese stop to eat at fields and shallow water.

Conservation status

LC stands for “least concern.” The species is well-known, and the population is abundant or stable.

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