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South’s academic parking lot invaded by a pair of geese defending their nest

 

by blake reser and jessica freeman

 

       On a day-to-day basis, most students would not normally see geese on a school campus, or at least close to the school walls. However, thanks to the recent arrival of a pair of Canadian Geese, students and staff at South have come to experience something a little more unusual than most school visitors.

           Having built a nest and laid eggs there, the geese are now busy defending their new territory at the expense of students. The students at South are not the only ones being attacked but also the teachers, such as assistant principal John Carr and A+ Coordinator Jill Owens.

    “I was just walking into school one day when the male goose dive bombed straight at my head,” said Owens. “It all wasn’t fun and games anymore. It could have poked out my eye.”

 

Many people don’t even understand why the geese are staying so close to our school and why we cant just move them. Carr said the real reason they won’t move is because they have laid a nest directly by one of the walls on the academic parking lot side of the building.

According to birds.cornell.edu, if someone was to touch or move a bird’s nest, more then likely the parents will abandon the nest. Not only can this harm the eggs, but also it can harm the person who moves them. In addition, it is illegal to hit or touch a bird. 
    Owens was not the only to have experienced an attack from the territorial beast, as other staff and students have been confronted by a goose when approaching the area near its nest.
    “I didn’t believe Mrs. Owens when she had told me about the raging conflicts that had been happening,” said Carr. “So I went to go check it out, and all I saw was the mama goose. Then I heard a hissing noise behind me and when I turned around, the dad goose came flying at me.”
    But that wasn’t the only experience Carr has had with the geese.

The second time, he said, “The dad goose attempted to charge me again, but I heard that evil noise and turned around and flexed at him, I scared him this time.”

 Because of laws preventing its removal, it seems the students and staff will just have to tread carefully when near the birds’ nest until the eggs have hatched and the geese move on.

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