Canada Geese Update

To: Carl Clifford <>
Subject: Canada Geese Update
From: Graeme Stevens <>
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 16:36:17 +1100
I dont think we should restrict that observation to Kangaroos.
I reckon we have a pretty adaptable "goose" of our own in the Australian Wood 
Duck, Chenonetta jubata. It seem that there are not too many farm dams or golf 
courses with water hazards that dont support a pair (or flock).
I am not sure if we have historical Atlas records that support my personal view 
that they have exploited the man made environment of water plus good grazing 
very successfully indeed.
Graeme Stevens
> From: > Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Canada Geese Update> 
> Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 13:25:28 +1100> To: > CC: 
> > > I did not mean that reduced hunting pressure is 
> the main cause of > expansion, though as Dave Torr noted in his post the 
> number of > Hunters in the USA has dropped sufficiently to cause a problem 
> with > conservation funding in quite a few areas.> > Geese are very 
> intelligent and adaptable birds, some of Conrad > Lorenz's writings give good 
> examples. When humans provide such prime > habitats, such as parklands and 
> golf courses, with succulent herbage > just the right height for grazing 
> Geese, bodies of water for bathing > and few predators, what is a Goose to 
> do, but move in. Having visited > the wonderful parks and gardens in 
> Vancouver, B.C., I can understand > some peoples concerns, not everyone 
> enjoys playing Goose dropping hop- > scotch It is rather like situations that 
> arise in Australia when > people move to rural areas and build a nice big 
> house with expansive > lawns and gardens and complain when Kangaroos move in 
> and start > grazing on the man made "marsupial lawns and relieving themselves 
> in > the human's precious garden.> > The northward movement of Canada Geese 
> is interesting. Could it > perhaps be related to Global warming or is it due 
> to expansion of > suitable suitable man-made habitat?> 

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