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Yesterday I saw a Snow Goose wearing a yellow neck collar with two letters and two numbers: UP and 62. Neck collars have been used to study the life and migration of these geese. A yellow collar means that it is a female. The letters and numbers probably mean something also, but only the researchers would know that.

Snow Geese couple at Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on 13-Dec-2015.

Snow Geese couple at Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on 13-Dec-2015.

Right on cue, the female turned in my direction to allow me a better look at the collar.

UP62 clearly visible on collar.

UP62 clearly visible on collar.

Another look at the collar from the other side.

Collar seen from the other side.

Suddenly, the male Snow Goose signaled they should take off.

Let's fly!

Let’s fly!

UP 62 followed her mate.

UP 62 followed her mate.

Last photo before they became airborne.

Last photo before the pair became airborne.

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