Snowbirds who stayed: Canadian geese summer in N. Crestview lakes

Geese

Resident Isabelle Mills, whose home is in the background, says children can learn about nature from these Canadian geese that prolonged their winter stay in her neighborhood.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, July 7, 2014 at 03:08 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Unlike the snowbirds residents welcome to Okaloosa County in December, a gaggle of the real thing took up summer residence rather than returning to Canada.

More than 30 Canadian geese have settled in the northeast Crestview neighborhood around Overview Drive, industriously “fertilizing” the private park running between its two lakes.

“I talked to a couple of people who said the numbers they are seeing, and the time of year, is unusual,” University of Florida Okaloosa County Extension Director Larry Williams said.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission water fowl expert Jamie Feddersen said it’s possible the geese landed in town from a nearby location.

“There’s a potential that those are not migratory geese,” Feddersen said. “It’s completely possible, and most likely, that you got an expansion of a local resident population.”

The late spring’s cooler weather may have driven the fowl south from Alabama, Feddersen said.

‘THEY GIVE LIFE TO THE AREA’



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