Aleutian Cackling geese breed exclusively on a small number of Aleutian Islands (USFWS 1991). Nesting areas are located on grassy hillsides, along streams, in marshes and lagoons, and on rugged sea cliffs cut by watercourses where grasses and sedges grow in profusion (Murie 1959, Jones 1963, USFWS 1980). On the Y-K Delta different subspecies of the Crackling Goose breed in mixed arctic graminoid and low tundra vegetation on small islands in tundra ponds, small peninsulas that extend into ponds, and shorelines of ponds, lakes, and river on the floodplain of the delta (Mowbray et al. 2002).
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