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Researchers mark 894 Canada geese, 30 from GU

Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologists Howard Ferguson, left, and Mike Atamian, center, hand off an adult Canada goose to Mikal Moore, the agency’s East Side waterfowl specialist. Moore was orchestrating goose banding at Qualchan Golf Course Wednesday for a research project.richl@spokesman.com (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologists Howard Ferguson, left, and Mike Atamian, center, hand off an adult Canada goose to Mikal Moore, the agency’s East Side waterfowl specialist. Moore was orchestrating goose banding at Qualchan Golf Course Wednesday for a research project.richl@spokesman.com (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

WILDLIFE RESEARCH — Volunteers helped Washington Fish and Wildlife Department researchers round up and band 894 Canada geese in Eastern Washington during the past two weeks.  More than 80 of the geese were captured in the Spokane and Liberty Lake area, includind 30 at Gonzaga University.

The roundup was timed for the molt, when the adults couldn't fly, making it easy to herd them and their broods into enclosures.

Read on for the tally of birds captured at 14 sites during this ongoing study headed by waterfowl expert Mikal Moore. 

 

 

 

Adult

Juvenile

Recaptures

TOTAL

Columbia Park (Kennewick)

31

134

33

198

Wade Park (Pasco)

31

51

24

106

Qualchan (Spokane)

5

20

2

27

Gonzaga (Spokane)

16

11

3

30

Liberty Lake

10

17

 

27

Sprague Lake

11

59

6

76

Moses Lake

7

89

1

97

Park Lake (Coulee Corridor)

5

33

8

46

Coulee City

4

62

5

71

Rock Island Golf Course

15

47

13

75

Walla Walla Park (Wenatchee)

16

20

7

43

Treetop (Selah)

5

34

2

41

Sarge Hubbard (Yakima)

6

34

10

50

Sportsmen's Park (Yakima)

2

5

 

7

 

164

616

114

894




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