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Those aren't tennis balls near the golf course water hazard

Canada geese and their goslings on the move near the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Wednesday, May 7, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)  ORG XMIT: PAMR103 (Matt Rourke / The Spokesman-Review)
Canada geese and their goslings on the move near the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Wednesday, May 7, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) ORG XMIT: PAMR103 (Matt Rourke / The Spokesman-Review)

WATERFOWL — Happy Mother's Day from the nearest pond or water hazard!

After 25-30 days of tending their nests, Canada geese have been hatching broods all over the Spokane area this past week.

The little yellow goslings stand out especially vividly on the green grass of golf courses, such as Qualchan, where they are tolerated by course managers.

Reasearch has shown that many of these goslings will fledge and migrate north this fall, where a high percentage will fall to goose hunters in Canada, never to fowl, or foul, a Spokane golf course again.




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Rich Landers

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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