Canadian Geese by the Schuylkill River

Canadian geese in Philadelphia

Notes:     Those Canadian geese are everywhere! And people want them gone.

There are an estimated 1.15 million Canadian geese in the Atlantic Flyway, and the population continues to grow. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is continually trying to find ways to control the population in ways that are both effective and humane, but it always seems to be a trade off. The current (recently revised) rules allow birds to be rounded up and nests and eggs to be destroyed without federal permits, and the hunting season (normally from 9/1 through 3/10 has been extended through August. (Though, presumably you can’t just bring out a gun and start shooting in the middle of the city, right?) Their goal is to reduce the Canadian goose population by one million every year. If that sounds like a lot, the Humane Society agrees with you. Rather than killing the birds, the Humane Society hopes to create migration locations for the birds, out of the way of human populated areas.

Location:     Schuylkill River (between the South St and Walnut St Bridges), Philadelphia, PA
Camera:     Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
EXIF:     Aperture Priority, Pattern Metering, EV +1/3, 1/100 sec, F/11, ISO-100, 55 mm (88 mm equivalent)

Please add your Philadelphia photos to the Metroblogging Philadelphia Flickr group. Readers’ photos will be featured here on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

1 Comment so far

  1. AG (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 3:30 pm

    I freak out every time I run past them on Kelly drive–I feel like they are going to gash my shins with their beaks at any moment.

Terms of use | Privacy Policy | Content: Creative Commons | Site and Design © 2009 | Metroblogging ® and Metblogs ® are registered trademarks of Bode Media, Inc.