Scientists study Alaska geese to track climate change impact

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BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - An international team of scientists is measuring the impact of climate change on arctic wildlife by tracking vulnerable plant and animal species like Alaska's migratory geese.

KYUK-AM reports (http://bit.ly/2fdBUAk ) the Arctic Council Working Group on Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna wrapped up its meeting on the topic last week in Bethel. The organization is made up of representatives from six indigenous groups and eight arctic countries.

The organization is studying several species like the geese that are found in Alaska's Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Arctic Management Bird Initiative Chairman Evgeny Syroechkovskiy says geese that migrate to this area are declining by more than 80 percent in Siberia and East Asia. The Russian scientist is part of a program that's conducting a global survey of the endangered geese populations.