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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Anatidae — black geese.


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  • [Oken] in 1815 gave the name Branta to Lepas aurita and vittata, and by so doing he alters essentially Olfers 'generic definition.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 1

  • The Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) is a wild goose belonging to the genus Branta, which is native to Arctic and temperate regions of North America, having a black head and neck, white patches on the face, and a brownish-gray body.

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  • Right now, there's a wonderful variety of ducks and geese at Beavertail, including eiders (Somateria mollissima), brants (Branta bernicla), and Black scoters (Melanitta nigra).

    "You will choke, choke on the air you try to breathe..."

  • Canadian geese (Branta canadensis), and Spooky saw a young (first year) Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedorum).

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  • Restrictions on hunting have also allowed recovery of species such as common eider (Somateria mollissima) and barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis) that nest in the high Arctic, to the point where it may be justified to reconsider opening hunting seasons on them.

    Climate change and terrestrial wildlife management in the Fennoscandian North

  • The wintering Branta ruficollis is dependent on the agricultural lands to the immediate south of the delta and changing practices may be important for their future.

    Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, Romania

  • The three populations of barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis) can be used as an example.

    Effects of climate change on the biodiversity of the Arctic

  • Of the 23 populations, five populations of greylag goose (Anser anser anser and A.a. rubirostris) do not nest in the Arctic; neither do the two populations of Canada goose (Branta canadensis) which are not native to the region.

    Effects of climate change on the biodiversity of the Arctic

  • Species formally listed in the US as threatened include Hawaiian goose (nene) Branta sandvicensis, a terrestrial non-migratory goose; honeycreepers, namely akepa Loxops coccineus (R), akiapola'au Hemignathus wilsoni (E), and Hawaiian creeper Oreomystis mana; and Hawaiian petrel Pterodroma sandwichensis (E).

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, United States

  • Observations include wholesale changes in location, number, and duration of polynyas – open water areas in winter – in eastern Hudson Bay, and changing routes of Canada geese (Branta canadensis) and snow geese (Anser caerulescens), but the study indicates that alterations in weather and climate are by no means uniform within the region.

    Renewable resource use and climate change in the arctic


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