Go Geese!

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The Trib has an article about the Canada geese around town and notes that some people don’t quite appreciate them, but also realizes that the geese have defenders:

It’s pleasant enough to have geese around town, but they’re not laying golden eggs. To the contrary, they’re depositing about half a pound of poo per bird per day…(t)here also were strenuous defenses of the birds, including from many folks who love seeing parades of fuzzy goslings in spring.

Well, I think most of you know which side of this controversy I fall on: Go Geese! Yes, I know that they leave little “presents” wherever they go, but that is a small price to pay to witness the whimsy and beauty of our feathered friends.

One of the first sights that greeted me when I arrived in town in 2002 was the flock of (non-Canada) geese that recreate across from Dahlquist Realty, near the intersection of 10th Avenue South and Fox Farm. Quite a welcome, seeing these silly geese teetering dangerously close to 10th Avenue, oblivious to whizzing vehicles.

And once I discovered Gibson Park and Pond, and saw scores of Canada geese honking, nestling, and goosing, well…bottom line, of course, is that I adore these critters. Hearing their honking overhead as they sail over my house, or watching them come skidding in for a landing on the pond, or bowing their necks to take a nip at a rival goose – how could anyone not appreciate these scenes of wildlife whimsy?

Goose Crossing in Great Falls

And let’s not forget the amazing sight of watching Mother Goose and her peers standing as road-guards as their babies toddle across River Drive; have you ever seen anything quite so plucky as a Mother Goose staring down a line of vehicles, daring anyone to inch forward to threaten her babies?

I come down in favor of the geese. If you don’t like the poop, then you should either avoid goosey areas, or lace up some old shoes and brave the minefields. Go Geese!


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