STAFF BLOG WILDWINGS What to do?
Canada geese are again in the news (StatemanJournal.com)out in the land of relatives, Oregon. For reasons which are largely unknown, part of the Alaska-breeding flock has taken to wintering in the Wil... Posted on 11/10/10 at 1:58 PM
STAFF BLOG NORTHLAND OUTDOORS Hundreds of geese euthanized near NYC airports
New York (AP) — Officials say hundreds of geese located near New York City airports have been euthanized in the past several weeks.
Carol Bannerman, spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agricu... Posted on 7/15/10 at 3:35 AM
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is recommending a bag limit increase for the early Canada goose season. The annual small game proclamation, which includes early Canada goose regulations, will be submitted to the governor’s office this week for approval.
HURON — The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission agreed Friday to consider adding a special hunt for Canada geese this August in 14 counties of northeastern South Dakota.
The goal is to reduce the resident population of the geese, whose numbers stand at an estimated 137,000, far above the management target of 80,000 to 90,000.
Probably, the birds most associated with Christmas are the goose and the partridge. Both of these traditions come to us from England — and in fact are among the few authentically English Christmas traditions in the United States. Most American Christmas traditions come from the Netherlands and northern Germany — Santa Claus, for instance, who is an outgrowth of a Dutch tradition.
Fall might be the worst of times for bird lovers. It might be the best of times. It would be the best of times because the great spectacle of the bird world lies in the immediate future, and we have a ringside seat. This is the annual waterfowl migration.
The early Canada goose season also opens Aug. 15 and will generate considerably more attention than crow season, and likely more interest than it did last year, the first time North Dakota could open a season for resident Canada geese before Sept. 1.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the state's breeding duck population has dropped to an estimated 507,000 birds. That's down 31 percent from last year and 19 percent below the long-term average of 626,000.
Ducks are getting to be more common in Grand Forks. This is not too surprising. Grand Forks and East Grand Forks are watery places.
And North Dakota is the acknowledged duck factory of the Lower 48 states. The state’s potholes produce a huge share of the nation’s ducks.
The city itself has become more attractive to ducks, with the addition of a number of ponds on the Red River Greenway. Some of these have good vegetative cover along the banks, which gives protection for nesting ducks.
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