Respect

Canadian Geese (Princeton NJ)

© Don Klotzbeacher

The comedian, Rodney Dangerfield, often said, “I don’t get no respect!”  I suppose the same could be said of Canadian Geese.  More often than not, folks would like to see these critters shooed away.  I have to say, I admire them.

When I see a flock of them on green, grassy expanses, I wonder to myself, “What could they possibly find of nutritional value within a suburban lawn?”  These ubiquitous birds seem to fare well, thank you, regardless of the sparse offerings provided by our unnatural landscape.  So, what is it that nourishes their large hulk — and furthermore, how do they manage to get it off of the ground and circle in that lovely “V” formation?

The birds in the photo, I submit, fare much better in Princeton’s Carnegie Lake.  Perhaps the local fish population supplements their diet.  A bird specialist would know for sure. Nevertheless, I admire creatures that manage to survive despite our best efforts to make their life miserable.

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One Response to Respect

  1. Jean Dvorak says:

    The geese are a mixed blessing. We have created perfect habitats for them by creating ponds all over with the detention basins. Then, the carefully mowed grass is attractive because it affords them the desired ability to see all around the area, keeping them safe from predators that might be hiding in the brush. (The do not tend to congregate in well forested, overgrown ponds.)

    This creation of habitat has encouraged the geese to change their mirgration habits and actually live year round in areas they would not normally stay.

    They mostly eat grasses and greenery which is why they spend so much time on lawns/golf courses etc. leaving their droppings all over which creates an attractive and, to some degree health nuisance. They can be aggressive when protecting nests, goslings, and territory. This worries many humans. They can also be extremely noisy, creating another nuisance.

    They are also a danger around airports where a number of planes have suffered engine failure by “inhaling” geese.

    It’s an example of how humans have invited a species into our territory by creating habitat and then getting angry when the animals actually come to take advantage.

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