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The Lesser White-fronted Goose

A species under threat, the Lesser White-fronted Goose is a long distance Palearctic migrant, currently breeding discontinuously in the sub-arctic zone from northern Fennoscandia to eastern Siberia and wintering in wetland areas in south-eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Middle East as well as in eastern China. The Lesser White-fronted Goose – or piskulka as it is called in Russian – is a charismatic small goose species, whose numbers have declined dramatically since the 1950:s with an estimated decline of around 30-40% of the global population in the last ten years alone. The steep decrease in numbers is mainly attributed to (illegal) hunting and habitat loss and it is still ongoing, giving reason to fear that  the species may soon go extinct.

In order to halt the decline and save the Lesser White-fronted Goose across its range, international cooperation is a must. To this end, the 22 range states along the migration routes of the Western Palearctic Lesser White-fronted Goose sub-populations have joined together to form an inter-governmental International Species Working Group under the framework of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) and the AEWA International Single Species Action Plan for the Conservation of the Lesser White-fronted Goose (Western Palearctic population). Follow the work being done to save this enigmatic species!