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Canada Goose Banding

Canada Goose Round Up 1
Rounding Up the Geese on the Lake

I had an opportunity to assist with some banding of Canada Goose this summer. I was amazed at the number of people required in banding these guys. People were first used to help direct them to the pen and then the masses of people would then help in quickly band the birds . . . then they would be released. For sure an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life!

Canada Goose Round Up 2
Working them towards the pen.

Canada Goose Round Up 3
Gathering them into the pen.

Canada Goose in the Pen
Once in the pen the are picked up to be banded.

Canada Goose Banded
Each bird is banded with a Fish and Wildlife Band . . . . .

Canada Goose are in the Pen
. . . . . . and all Canada Geese are aged and sexed before being released.

Canada Goose Bite
What a Goose bite looks like when your all done banding them.


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6 responses

  1. Really neat! I have to send this to my son who is studying fisheries and wildlife and learning to do things like this. Thanks

    30 September 2009 at 6:33 am

  2. Holy Hannah! I can’t imagine wrangling one of those guys! You all were brave!!

    30 September 2009 at 6:56 am

  3. Lisa at Greenbow

    I have wondered about goose banding. It looks painful.

    30 September 2009 at 7:50 am

  4. Sherri

    Cool – that sounds like fun! I didn’t think anyone still banded Canada Geese. They’re one of my favorites kind of birds – they have so much attitude 🙂

    30 September 2009 at 9:14 am

  5. LOB

    Hi Tom,
    WOW! That looks like fun, but a bit painful! Great photos by my favorite photographer. Keep up the good work! The TLBFC lives!

    30 September 2009 at 6:03 pm

  6. Looks like quite the undertaking. I think you can consider yourself lucky with getting away with such a wound. Geese are nasty buggers.

    30 September 2009 at 8:10 pm

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