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Canada Geese: From Eggs to Release

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Photo by Ashley Kinney

Over the Easter 2009 weekend, the Center gained some new patients when seven orphaned Canada Geese eggs hatched in our incubators. When they were ready to go outside, they were placed with an adult who didn’t seem too interested in them. Our concern was that the young’uns wouldn’t learn what it meant to be a goose.

In early May, a creche, or “super brood” of Canada Geese was spotted at Shoreline Park in Mountain View. Geese often flock together in these large groups for protection. On May 5th, the seven hatched goslings–along with four others that had come in to the Center–were released here with the hope that they could join the larger group. Much to our intrepid volunteer’s delight, the youngsters immediately ran towards the creche and were quickly integrated with the wild population.

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