Strategic American/Canadian Geese

If you are Strategic America’s Facebook friend you may have seen photos of the geese that have taken up residence in our flower pots.

Jim Stafford Making Friends with Mama Goose
The nest
Daddy Goose

If you work here you may have been hissed at by one of our feathered friends. I’d like to remind you that the hissing is not personal, they are in protective mode.

Well, I am happy to announce that the eggs have hatched! Congratulations to Lore Solo for winning the office goose pool!

We’ll try to get some pictures soon. We’ve been taught to fear and respect the geese. So I am not going to press my luck by getting anywhere near them at this point in time. The internet tells me that the goslings will leave the nest within 24 hours to take their first dip in the water. So that’s something for all of us to look forward to in the very near future a.k.a. tomorrow.

Let’s learn how to live in peace with these government protected migratory birds.
The internet had this handy illustration for decoding goose body language. (a) Alert, wary of danger   (b) Conflict, accompanied with hiss   (c) Increased threat, accompanied by a call   (d) Conflict situation, pumping display, precedes direct attack

And some tips for dealing with angry geese.

 1.   Maintain direct eye contact; geese seem to pay close attention to eyes and body language. Geese can smell fear.

2.  Don’t close, cover or squint your eyes, and never turn your back on a hostile goose. Staring contest, loser gets bit.

3.  Keep a confident and neutral demeanor toward the bird (i.e., don’t yell, swing, kick or act hostile). Be like The Fonz, stay cool and confident.

4.  If a gander becomes aggressive, hissing and spreading its wings at you, slowly back away using your peripheral vision to avoid tripping over any obstacles behind you. RUN!

5.  And remember, if a goose gives you a hard time, it’s only because the bird is protecting a mate and their offspring. Again, the hissing is not personal. Everyone/thing is not out to get you.

As always, be careful out there.

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