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Nature Center will offers tips for Canada goose problems

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Visitors to the Springfield Botanical Gardens often feed resident Canada Geese from the bridge spanning the spillway over Anne Drummond Lake. The birds can be dangerous if annoyed,  especially to children, and their droppings odious. 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Canada geese have become a common sight in many urban areas of Missouri – too common in some locations. These large waterfowl provide interesting wildlife sightings, but sometimes their activities and the fecal material they leave behind can provide challenges for public parks, private businesses and homeowners.

Learn more about these birds on March 23 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center program “Canada Geese – Welcomed Visitors or Nuisance Neighbors?” This free program starts at 7 p.m. and is for ages 12-adult. People can register by calling the Springfield Nature Center at 417-888-4237. The Springfield Conservation Nature Center is located at 4601 S. Nature Center Way.

At the program, Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Urban Wildlife Biologist Ashley Schnake will discuss the biology of Canada geese and steps that homeowners and businesses can take to help decrease the likelihood that these large birds overstay their welcome at a location.

Canada geese sightings in Missouri were once largely limited to autumn viewings of migrating flocks, but that’s not the case anymore. The state now has a year-round resident Canada goose population, as can be attested to by anyone who’s ever been to a golf course, urban lake or city park that has a pond or small lake as part of its features.

People can also learn more about Canada geese in Missouri at mdc.mo.gov.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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