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11 - Mother Goose

Episode summary

Pascale Otis has done extensive studies over the years to determine how Snow geese and Canada geese are able to resist extremely cold temperatures.  This biologist will even turn herself into « Mother Goose » to find the answers to the questions raised during her research.  But she refuses to abandon her birds once she’s finished studying them because after all, we are responsible for what we tame.

Synopsis

The career of Pascale Otis, a biologist specialized in migratory birds, has been anything but ordinary. She works at both of the Earth’s poles, with snow geese in the Canadian Arctic and penguins in the Antarctic. For several years, she’s been studying the resistance to extreme cold among snow geese and Canada geese. Her research has led to the discovery of a protein that prevents ice crystal formation on the feet of these birds.

Otis established UROM, a research unit on migratory birds, in order that the birds she imprinted could live out their lives in the wild. Aptly nicknamed “Mother Goose”, she never hesitates to take a swim with her goslings. She feeds them, talks to them, walks with them and teaches them to fly. The young birds consider her their mother. This intimate bond helps the researcher study her subjects without disturbing their natural patterns.

 

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question au sujet des oies des neiges

Par marie-noëlle anderson, 2017-02-14, 13h47

bonjour, je suis en train d'écrire une histoire pour enfants et me demandais si vous pourriez me renseigner. voici mes questions : - comment le navigateur est-il choisi lorsque les oies des neiges sont en migration? - le navigateur peut-il être mâle ou femelle ? merci ! en espérant ne pas vous avoir importunée. marie-noëlle anderson

Refuge pour outarde blessée recherché

Par Marie, 2013-08-09, 13h47

Bonjour Nous avons une bernache blessée à notre lac depuis 4 ans Elle a une aile cassée. .Elle avait 2 compagnes la 1re année mais elles n'ont pas survécus à l'hiver . Notre survivante passe l'hiver dans un ruisseau et grâce à plusieurs résidents qui la nourrissent. Elle recherche la compagnie des humains car elle semble plus en sécurité. J'aimerais lui offrir plus de sécurité et la transférer dans un refuge avant l'hiver. Nous sommes à Chertsey. Ou puis je trouver un refuge. Merci de me revenir rapidement. Il y a des visions qui la trouve appétissant à mon grand désarroi. Marie

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