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Old 12-29-10, 01:24 AM   #1
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Pennsylvania, Pt I

A few years back, I moved from California to Eastern PA (Macungie, specifically) for work.

As things dipped in to winter, I started to see geese flying through in V formation, just like in the Warner Bros. cartoons. Said cartoons taught me that the geese were flying south for the winter – ostensibly, Florida – where it was warm.

You could then imagine my perplexity when I saw the geese hanging around the fields in Eastern PA, where it was cold and getting colder.

This had me stumped for a while, until a co-worker informed me: “Umm…those are Canadian Geese. To them, this is south.”

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Canadian geese typically migrate to the Southern Half of the States, and as far as Mexico. However I've seen some geese stay in Canada over winter. Not sure why. Maybe they're the older geese that can't make the long migration trip???

For people who've never seen the flying V-formation, I'd imagine it would look kinda weird. There are aerodynamic advantages to the V-formation. The front bird takes their turn breaking through the wind, then when it gets tired it drops back to the end of the V, while another bird takes up the front position. Pretty cool actually.
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There are aerodynamic advantages to the V-formation. The front bird takes their turn breaking through the wind, then when it gets tired it drops back to the end of the V, while another bird takes up the front position. Pretty cool actually.
maybe that could work on a bike-- you know, aerodynamics, the flying v formation, one guy out front...

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Macungie is a nice area. Do you go to the swaps at the Velodrome?
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There is a naturalist who writes for the local paper that suggested that there is a subspecies of canada goose which does not migrate. As long as man as removed natural predators, provides safe haven (golf courses, parks, etc) and food - there is little reason to move.
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There is a naturalist who writes for the local paper that suggested that there is a subspecies of canada goose which does not migrate. As long as man as removed natural predators, provides safe haven (golf courses, parks, etc) and food - there is little reason to move.

Even more so, in the past decade, fewer and fewer Canadian Geese have been migrating south for the Winter. So many of them have been staying in New York ( where we *never* used to see geese hanging around in the Winter - and now they're everywhere ) that the state is planning on poisoning several million of them in the next couple of years.
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Branta canadensis migrate to where the food is. The geese you saw are referred to as the resident population for that reason. I did an independent study on these poop factories.
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We see Canadians in Texas and we shoot at them with shot guns. We do the same with geese and Pennsylvanians.
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What do you have against Amish geese?
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What do you have against Amish geese?
they buggy me.
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We see Canadians in Texas and we shoot at them with shot guns. We do the same with geese and Pennsylvanians.
We have a sizable population of armed pick-up trucks ourselves. You guys ready to come up to Gettysburg for a rematch?
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How bout we just shut off the gas and oil flow from Texas instead. Cold Yankees move slower.
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We have lots of gas - natural gas. In fact, some people can ignite the water coming from their well.
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No way am I gonna shoot someone who can burn water. Think I will just stay in Texas.
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Macungie is a nice area. Do you go to the swaps at the Velodrome?
Actually, no I didn't. I wasn't in to cycling back then (was still a runner). I do remember hearing of the Velodrome, though.

Yes, Macungie is nice - the only reason I left is that the project ended and the company's attitude was "You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here".

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Branta canadensis migrate to where the food is. The geese you saw are referred to as the resident population for that reason. I did an independent study on these poop factories.
Yes, I learned that fact shortly after I realized that Warner Bros/Looney Tunes was not the best source of information when it comes to nature. Older and wiser, I now solely rely on the lessons learned from Gilligan's Island
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Even more so, in the past decade, fewer and fewer Canadian Geese have been migrating south for the Winter. So many of them have been staying in New York ( where we *never* used to see geese hanging around in the Winter - and now they're everywhere ) that the state is planning on poisoning several million of them in the next couple of years.
Yeah - flocks of them are everywhere year round now. My college's other campus has many ponds - and for a while the grass was disgustingly crunchy with goose poop - so now there is a resident border collie whose job is to go chase away the poop machines.
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Global warming. They don't have to go so far now.
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There is a naturalist who writes for the local paper that suggested that there is a subspecies of canada goose which does not migrate. As long as man as removed natural predators, provides safe haven (golf courses, parks, etc) and food - there is little reason to move.
This is true.
We have a large population of non-migrating geese that remain year round in northern Ohio.
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Actually, they are called CANADA GEESE, not Canadian Geese...

Try cylcing on a trail filled with 100s of them. Some people say they will get out of your way...yeah...after they gang up and attack you while stealing your child out of the Burley and then flying away with him.
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Try flying a commercial jetliner over the Hudson with the sky filled with 100s of them....
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Actually, they are called CANADA GEESE, not Canadian Geese...

Try cylcing on a trail filled with 100s of them. Some people say they will get out of your way...yeah...after they gang up and attack you while stealing your child out of the Burley and then flying away with him.
Once they cross south over Lake Erie they're called "Merican Geese" fella
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I think NAFTA Goose would be more fitting, since they can go all the way to Mexico.
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They have duty-free dooty.
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I think NAFTA Goose would be more fitting, since they can go all the way to Mexico.
Not a chance.
Any NAFTA Goose crossing that border would look like swiss cheese in 5min. under the current violent conditions.
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