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Geese at Goddard (fwd)

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Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2000 06:41:56 -0400
From: Darlene E. Walter <dwalter@pop200.gsfc.nasa.gov>
To: jbois@umd5.umd.edu
Subject: Geese at Goddard


I got your message from yesterday.  I was out of the office yesterday as I
will be today.  You asked about the abundance of geese here.  First of all,
the urban population of Canada geese has exploded in the past 10 years
without biologists knowing a definitive reason for that, so the problems we
have at Goddard are not unique to us but part of an urban explosion.  What
we do know is that we have a great environment for them.  A large storm
water pond with a clear flight path; employees who like to feed them (we
have since posted "no feed" signs); short mowed grasses; and a general lack
of predation or intimidation in general.

Hope this helps.  I'll be back in the office tomorrow if you need to talk
to me.

Darlene Walter

Darlene E. Walter
Environmental Protection Specialist
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 205.2
(301) 286-6137  Fax (301) 286-1745