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Thursday, 02 April 2020 00:22

Report on Operation Branta (Canada Geese)

Mr F.N. Hayes re—stated DU's objective to permanently establish the Canada goose in the North _ Island, which is being achieved by transferring geese from the South Island and releasing them in a pinioned state on to suitable dams and lagoons. He outlined the history of the project, since 1977, concerning geese supplied from the South Island and also those bred by North Island DU members and zoological societies and supplied to the project. The majority of geese have been distributed to farmers in the Wairarapa in groups of 6—8 birds per lagoon. The Wellington Acclimatisation Society Senior Field Officer has been largely responsible for distribution of geese in the Wairarapa district and DU's appreciation was extended to Mr Ian Buchanan and to the Society for its co-Operation. Thanks were also expressed to the North Canterbury Acclimatisation Society. Mr P.M. McLeod received special thanks for his part in arranging shipments of geese to the North Island since 1977 - also Mr L. Piper of the North Canterbury Society's game farm for his outstanding assistance.
The establishment of the species in the North Island was progressing well and apart from the good breeding results in the Wairarapa, very healthy populations were being established in the Bay of Plenty where approximately 200 birds exist, and in Hawkes Bay where there is about the same number.
These populations have grown from wildlife Service releases in the l960/70s.

Concern was expressed at recent moves in the South Island to return the Canada goose to a non-protected status there. Canada geese are partially protected at present and DU considered a change in this status (achieved only last year) would ultimately lead to the species' annihilation in the South Island. Comments were made from the chair and the floor that the Canada goose in New Zealand has been and possibly still is one of the most maligned and abused forms of wildlife. A decision had to be made whether to manage the goose constructively or destructively while, at the same time, acknowledging all viewpoints commented Mr Hayes.

These remarks were followed by comments from members on the need to keep in perspective the whole question of Canada Geese in New Zealand and the President confirmed that Ducks Unlimited would be closely monitoring the situation.



Published in Issue 29
Friday, 09 March 2018 08:12

Canada Geese at home on Stock Pond

Ian Jensen’s pond birds
 “The two clutches used this ‘Stock Pond’ as home for some weeks, often sharing it with my Labs. The Labs use it as a cool off spot during our morning walk.  One clutch was there until they were fully fledged.” Said Ian.

Ian says he really enjoys Flight when it arrives, and he almost always fully reads it that day. 

A suggestion from Ian is that it would be a  good idea if an email was flicked out to all members from DU, about a couple of weeks before deadline. That would be a help.

As one of the ‘hanging in there' members, others may be the same, unless as the by chance of me sending you a funny, I would have missed the deadline, always best intentions but am embroiled in so much, and time races by. That also could be the same for others.  

As always we need to harness the ‘modern technology’ for the best use if at all possible. 
From the Ed. 

So there we are – if you have ideas, photos,  and/or stories, send them to the editor, contact the editor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Published in Issue 174
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