Michigan experts: Watch for waterfowl nests in your yard
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan wildlife experts are encouraging landowners to be on the lookout for waterfowl nests in yards and gardens this spring.
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Officials at Bentonville's municipal airport are exploring more options to scare off geese after a laser and a fake coyote failed to do the trick.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Police at Eastern Michigan University have issued a warning: "Beware of goose!"
The department says potentially aggressive geese have been spotted on campus and...
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Officials are mulling how to deter geese from flocking to Bentonville Municipal Airport every spring.
Bird Strike Committee USA, a volunteer group promoting...
Snow goose hunt in Vermont runs March 11-April 26
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says the state's spring snow goose hunt will take place from March 11 through April 26.
Officials say each year since 2009 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued an order allowing the reduction of the population of migrating greater and lesser snow geese and Ross' geese that have grown so much that the geese are destroying habitat for themselves and other species.
The daily bag limit for hunters in Vermont is 15 snow geese.
Midwinter survey shows geese numbers up in North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's annual midwinter waterfowl survey indicated about 99,000 Canada geese in the state, slightly above average.
The Game and Fish Department says the survey also tallied 5,300 mallard ducks, down from the 10-year average.
Court action limits shelf life for foie gras in California
LOS ANGELES (AP) — If you're a lover of liver from duck or geese, your days of gorging on the delicacy are numbered in California.
A state ban of the dish known as foie gras (fwah-GRAH') was upheld after the U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal by farms that raise the engorged birds and chefs who served the luxury pate.
A federal appeals court that upheld the ban in 2017 must issue a final order for the ban to take effect.
Waterfowl droppings are a year-round problem
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — People who watch and feed the ducks and geese in Rapid City's parks should also watch their step.
Dozens of geese shot to death, left in northern Montana
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials are investigating after someone shot and killed dozens of snow geese in northern Montana.
Game Warden Brady Murphy with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks says at least 86 geese were shot with what's believed to be a .22-caliber long rifle and a shotgun and left near Augusta either Monday night or Tuesday morning.
The geese were killed in the Elk Creek Colony area.
Louisiana biologist ventured to Arctic Circle to band geese
James Whitaker's primary workplace is the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in southwest Louisiana. However, August found him a bit north of there.
Roughly 2,800 miles north, as the goose flies.
And geese is what the biologist with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries had on his mind.
Dog, dog, goose: Canines tapped to control bird population
OCEAN PINES, Md. (AP) — A Maryland town besieged by birds is calling on goose busters — more commonly known as border collies.
The Ocean Pines Association voted earlier this year to euthanize around 300 of the Canadian geese to protect local water quality. The tactic both angered residents and proved largely ineffective.
Resident waterfowl hunting in North Dakota begins Saturday
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The 2018 waterfowl hunting season opens for North Dakota residents on Saturday.
The season opens for out-of-state hunters a week later.
Hunters are allowed six ducks per day, with several restrictions . The daily limit of mergansers is five. For both ducks and mergansers, the possession limit is three times the daily limit.
Fake coyotes pitted against geese at Connecticut park
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — In a battle against goose poop, Middletown has enlisted a pack of plastic coyotes to patrol one of its most-used parks.
The city has spent more than $500,000 in recent years to upgrade Butternut Hollow Park on Butternut Street, and more renovations are underway.
Hunting season for Canada geese opens in upstate New York
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — It's open season for Canada geese in New York, and state regulators have set liberal bag limits and extended shooting hours to maximize the number of geese killed.
State to hold duck blind permit lotteries for hunters
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Department of Natural Resources is holding lottery drawings for more than 280 permits to hunters who want to construct a blind for hunting ducks and geese at select state park lakes in the waterfowl hunting season.
Portage Lakes will hold its lottery drawing Thursday. The drawings at 17 other participating state parks will be held Saturday. Applications at participating parks will be taken locally with the lottery drawings following registration.
Residents split in goose dispute in Long Island village
BRIGHTWATERS, N.Y. (AP) — Residents of a Long Island village are divided over what to do about a glut of goose droppings around town.
Brightwaters Mayor John Valdini tells Newsday in a story published Sunday that the village has gotten about a dozen complaints about its Canada goose population in recent months. But the village has also gotten calls from residents who want to protect the birds.
North Dakota 2018 waterfowl hunting season finalized
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has finalized this year's waterfowl season.
Opening day for North Dakota residents is Sept. 22 for ducks, geese, coots and mergansers. Nonresidents may begin hunting waterfowl in North Dakota on Sept. 29.
The season for tundra swans opens Sept. 29 for both residents and nonresidents. The prairie chicken and sage grouse seasons remain closed due to low numbers.
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CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Officials in a southern Indiana town that faced criticism for euthanizing more than 200 Canada geese last year in stormwater ponds adjacent to its town hall campus hope dredging the ponds and other changes will keep the aggressive birds away.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A $5,000 reward is being offered for information about who ran over and killed about 20 geese in northern Indiana.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Investigators are looking into reports that a driver ran over a family of geese in Reno.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Aaron Meier says several people have reported the incident.
The reports stem from several posts shared on social media.
LONDON (AP) — The ducks, geese and hardy cold-water swimmers in London's Hyde Park have a new neighbor: a monumental floating structure made from 7,506 stacked barrels colored bright red, mauve and blue.
"The London Mastaba," unveiled Monday, is the latest installation by Christo, a master of supersized artworks who has previously wrapped Berlin's Reichstag in silver fabric and festooned New York's Central Park with thousands of saffron-colored cloth gates.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who authorities say ran over geese with his car as they crossed a road has been charged with animal cruelty.
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection police say 70-year-old Moses Wilson called Waterbury police and confessed to running over the geese Sunday morning.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Volunteers and state wildlife officials are once again rounding up geese living in the Salt Lake City area so they can be relocated to the wild.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A lightning storm likely killed more than 100 geese in Idaho Falls, wildlife officials said.
About 50 geese were found dead in a parking lot and another 60 were found dead on the roof of a nearby warehouse, KIFI-TV reported .
The dead birds include snow geese and Ross's Geese.
Idaho Falls Fish and Game received reports of the geese carcasses late Saturday.
Literate Canada geese eagerly arriving each spring must look at "Welcome to Winona" signs as "foreign aliens" look at the Statue of Liberty. Four-hundred-acre Lake Winona, with maybe six broods a year, averaging five per brood in good years, which this year isn't, and the City Council caves to a few squealers.
The sound is sometimes deafening, but the sight will always leave you awestruck — thousands and thousands of white geese taking to the sky at Freezout Lake, just northwest of Fairfield in central Montana.
Annually, starting near the end of March, the lake plays host for up to 300,000 “white geese” — Ross’ geese and snow geese — as they migrate north from California to their nesting grounds in the Arctic.
The phenomenon is a bird watcher's dream, but the majestic sight will captivate anyone.
We heard them, dusky Canada geese and birds everywhere, including the thrilling trills and warbles of enthusiastic songbirds coyly hidden within the surrounding native grasslands. Oh, the joyful sounds of spring!
Condo residents to vote on euthanizing geese
SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Residents in a Connecticut retirement community are at odds over a plan to euthanize a flock of geese living in the area.
In a notice sent to residents, the Spring Lake Village association in Southington says the goose population has gotten out of control. The association is giving residents until April 6 to vote yes or no on a proposal to euthanize the animals.
Resident Susan Sullivan says she was "appalled" when she received the notice.
CLARK, S.D. Whitecaps rolled on nearby ponds as a cluster of 17 snow geese flew directly into a powerful east wind, dropping toward a spread of twitching paper decoys and the amplified noise of an electronic goose call.
Just when the birds entered shotgun range, four hunters popped up in unison from an underground pit hidden within the display. Amid a rapid-fire volley of steel pellets, two of the birds fell, sailing with the wind as they did.
Migrating geese frozen out of Montana’s Freezeout Lake
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Thousands of geese migrating north are finding that one of their favorite stopovers in Montana is still iced over.
The Great Falls Tribune reports that Freezout Lake in central Montana is still 99 percent covered with ice and only a few patches of open water.
The other day as a pair of Canada geese arrowed overhead, Jim Smith tossed a log on a fire, above which maple sap boiled in a stainless-steel pan.
The geese might have just arrived from points south. Or perhaps they were locals that had passed the winter in Minnesota. Either way, flapping their wings and honking, and flying low, as if curious, the birds and their arrival seemed synchronous with Smith and his fire-tending.
IXONIA -- The Ixonia Town Board this week validated the decision of its plan commission and voted unanimously to deny a request from a town resident to keep emotional support goats and geese on her property at N8263 County Highway E.
The board voted 5-0 to deny the request from Sara Manzke for a variance "to allow farm-type animals on less than two acres of land." A conditional use permit for the same reason was also denied.
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Mining companies hope to prevent another massive die-off of geese in the polluted waters of an old open-pit copper mine in Montana.
Few of nature’s early spring events are more thrilling to behold than a V formation of Canada geese, flying north at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour and in honking communication with each other. The geese are returning from states to the south.
COLUMBUS-- An impressive number of geese took to the skies Wednesday afternoon, creating quite a stir.
Thousands of geese making their way back north from winter holiday and seemed to replace the clouds. One of the biggest places they hit was Lake Esther next to Columbus Community Hospital.
The fowl spent several minutes collecting food and taking a dunk in the lake before moving on to their next source of nutrients.
Mike Torres of Columbus said he had never seen such a thing before.
Visitors from Asia flock to snow geese spectacle
STEVENS, Pa. (AP) — It's 6:30 a.m. at Willow Point, a peninsula in the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area and though it's foggy and not yet light, about 75 people are already clustered together listening to an estimated 135,000 snow geese psyching themselves into a take-off.
Hunched over expensive cameras mounted on tripods and holding up cell phones to capture the roar, it's hard not to notice that more than half the onlookers are Asian-Americans or visitors from China.
Thousands of visitors clog roads, fill refuge to see massive geese flock near Omaha
A massive number of snow geese drew one of the biggest flocks of visitors in at least two decades to a refuge north of Omaha this weekend.
More than 10,000 visitors showed up both Saturday and Sunday, the biggest count in 20 years at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge near Missouri Valley, Iowa, said Peter Rea, supervisory park ranger.
The visitor turnout grew so big that by late Saturday morning the refuge was asking people through social media not to come that day.
Prime time for waterfowl viewing in the Plains; hundreds of thousands of snow geese arrive
A spectacle of nature is unfolding in the region this month.
Hundreds of thousands of snow geese have arrived, making this weekend a prime time to check out the impressive annual display of migrating birds. Sandhill cranes are also arriving as part of the region’s waterfowl migration season.
ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Sarvey Wildlife Center in Arlington, Washington, is offering a $5,000 reward for information about who illegally shot and killed five snow geese.
The Everett Daily Herald reports the geese were found by the side of Starbird Road between Stanwood and Mount Vernon. They were brought to Sarvey on Friday for examination.
IXONIA -- About 40 community members filled the Ixonia Town Hall Wednesday, most of them in support of Sara Manzke's request for a zoning variance and conditional use permit to keep her emotional support goats and geese. The Ixonia town zoning commission voted to deny the request.
"It gets me right here," said commission member Don Loppnow, tapping his heart, "but I have to follow what's here," and he tapped the zoning law document on the table in front of him.
Companies form cleanup plan for Montana toxic pit
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A plan appears to be advancing to clean up toxic waters at a former open pit copper mine where at least 3,000 migrating snow geese died when they landed in metal-laden water in 2016.
Ohio school adopts measures to rid school grounds of geese
NILES, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio school district is working with the state to relocate numerous geese calling the area around a high school home.
Niles schools in northeast Ohio and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will begin using a noisemaker Friday to startle the birds around McKinley High School.
North Dakota’s spring light goose season to get underway
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's spring light goose hunting season gets underway later this week.
The state Game and Fish Department says the season opens Saturday and continues through May 13.
It's open for light geese — snows, blues, and Ross's. The season is closed to whitefronts, Canada geese, swans and all other migratory birds.
Don’t put away your shotguns yet. The 2018 Nebraska Light Goose season will open next week (February 12) and it is a long season, too. Waterfowlers can hunt until April 5. Shooting hours are from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sun set. There is no limit on the number of birds you can take in a day, or have in your possession.
Authorities find nearly 3 dozen Canada geese dead in Idaho
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State authorities say the carcasses of nearly three dozen Canada geese were found dumped in southwest Idaho.
The Idaho Statesman reports an Idaho fish and Game officer discovered the dead geese near Swan Falls Road south of Kuna on Monday.
Officials say nine Canada geese and two ducks were found dead in the same area near the Kuna Butte last month.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking the public for information about two recent cases of Canada geese, mallard and goldeneye carcasses dumped near Kuna Butte.
Fish and Game conservation officer Brian Flatter found nine Canada geese, and two duck carcasses left to waste Jan. 19 along Swan Falls Road south of Kuna. On Feb. 5 fellow conservation officer Brian Jack found 31 Canada goose carcasses dumped in the same area. Both conservation officers were responding to calls.
Over the past 20 years or so, Texas waterfowlers have witnessed - and waterfowl managers have documented and wrestled with - some dramatic shifts and trends in abundance and distribution of the ducks and geese that each autumn pour down the Central Flyway to winter in the state.
Snow geese start migration early
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Thousands of snow geese have been spotted in southern Pennsylvania close to a month earlier than their usual migration period.
LNP newspaper reports officials estimate there are at least 35,000 geese at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Lancaster.
Billionaire takes a property tax stand over pooping geese
Billionaire Tom Golisano says he tried stringing up fishing line, spraying smelly repellent and even posting a wolf decoy, but nothing could rid his lakeside vacation home of the Canada geese that turned his lawn into a minefield of poop.
His next line of attack? Refusing to pay his $90,000 school tax bill until officials in the Finger Lakes town of South Bristol find a way to control the birds.