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Tue Feb 6, 2018, 12:56 PM

Northern Alaskas tundra swans have a long haul for winter break.

Every year, the birds make a months-long trip to feast at the Chesapeake Bay.

Each September, 12-year-old “Julia” flies 4,200 miles from her home in northern Alaska to spend winters in Annapolis, Maryland.

Traveling in a “V” formation, she and her migrating companions take several months to make the cross-country journey — stopping at waterways along the route to rest and eat.

By December, they join hundreds of other tundra swans, who feed on aquatic plants in the Chesapeake Bay until March, when their return trip begins.

Named by Annapolis residents, Julia is monitored by researchers by a collar with her scientific name, “T186.”'>>>


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