Monday, April 13, 2015

Goose Cam

In early April this year, I stepped out onto my balcony one morning and was taken aback by the Canada goose that perched on the edge, staring back at me.

Initially, nothing thinking anything of it other than "this is neat", I tried to shoo it away.


However, the goose came back several days in a row and decided to keep an unusually protective stance on my tomato planter.



A few days later, I discovered that a goose had decided to make a nest and lay eggs on my balcony!

I got in touch with the Wildlife Preservation Society of Edmonton, hoping that someone might be able to come and relocate the nest. The Wildlife Society's information along with the research that I had begun to do for myself led me to learn that Canada geese nests are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Act of 1918. There would be no moving of the nest, I'd be having a new roommate for the next month.

I soon set up a webcam so that myself and others could keep an eye on the goose and her eggs. I tweeted out to Global News and within a few hours I was being contacted by Global, CBC Radio, Virgin Radio and Sonic Radio who all wanted to have me on the air to talk about the goose! Here are some of the segments:

Global News
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In the following weeks, I decided to put a poll up on my blog where people could vote on what to name the goose. A number of popular names popped up including Gertrude, Bertha, and Juliet, but after nearly 1000 people voted, Lucy was ranked number one.

As Lucy sat, incubating her eggs, the webcam I had set up gathered over 40,000 views with people tuning in from over 80 different countries! Lucy became somewhat of an international sensation. I had people contact me to tell me they'd watch Lucy every morning before work. The kids in my mom's special needs class would have the webcam up during the day. Others would say how they'd check in on her each night before they went to sleep themselves. Although as expected, Lucy was very cautious and protective of her nest at first, she seemed to get used to the idea that she was not the only occupant of the building. Though my appearances on the balcony would be met with an initial "warning hiss", once she realized that I wasn't going to harm her or her eggs, she would simply keep a watchful eye out and would even pose for a few pictures with me.

After enduring a freak snow storm and putting up with the occasional magpie vandalizing her nest, Lucy's eggs began to hatch late in the evening of Saturday, May 9th. With the most amazing timing anyone could have anticipated, the remaining eggs were hatched throughout the night and by the following morning, which just happened to be Mother's Day in a large part of the world (including here in Canada), Lucy was a new mother to a full nest of little goslings!

For the next 24 hours, Lucy closely guarded her new babies and kept them warm while they began to chirp and pop their heads out through her wings. The father goose, who could be seen on the opposite roof for the last few weeks, eagerly watched as his young ones wriggled around their nest.
First thing the next morning, Lucy decided it was time to leave the nest and dove off the balcony, 10 stories down, encouraging her babies to follow suit.


Fearlessly soaring down 10 stories to the roof of the parkade below, the goslings were reunited with their parents and began to waddle around for the first time.


With the aid of the Wildlife Society, an attempt was made to capture both the adults and the goslings from the parkade roof in order to transport them all to a local park. The attempt proved not to be as easy as one might think however, and it was clear that the family was becoming very stressed with the male goose even flying away at one point. It was decided to leave them be for the time being so that they could regroup. Later in the afternoon however, a second attempt was made, this time to capture just the goslings and release them on the street level where the parents could easily fly down to. This effort proved to be successful and the goose family set off to began their own adventure.


Several media outlets picked up on the story once again and asked me to share my story:


CBC News
Global News
CTV News

Though it was an interesting and unique experience, it was also unplanned and unexpected. Having just moved into my condo last summer, this spring was my first goose nesting season and it had not crossed my mind that the tomato planter on my balcony could be chosen as a nesting spot. Unfortunately due to the federal regulations in place, there was nothing that could be done to move the nest once the eggs had been laid. The whole experience, while entertaining and while I'm glad is something I was able to share with the world, was also very educational, and it's with that in mind that I would encourage anyone with similar locations on balconies etc., where a nesting could occur, to cover or remove those options for birds during the spring nesting season, so that the birds may pick a more suitable location such as a tree.

I've learned a lot about geese throughout the last month and while I'm no expert, I've certainly been in touch with a few and can pass on any knowledge I've gained should you have any goose related questions. I'd like the thank the Wildlife Preservation Society of Edmonton as well as all of the helpful residents of my condo building and the surrounding buildings for all of their assistance.

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  1. She's beautiful! Where are you? What kind of goose is she?

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    1. Edmonton, AB.

      She's a Canada goose!

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    2. You live in my neighborhood! Tons of Geese around Oliver this time of year! Very interesting! Thanks for the share!

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  2. Is this the first year she's laid eggs on your balcony? Just wondering how she will get to water safely when they hatch.

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    1. Not sure about goslings, but ducklings can survive a fall at their terminal velocity.

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    2. I've been informed that it shouldn't be an issue for them to make the fall down to the street level barring a very windy day or some pesky magpies.

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    3. Benjamin, no, who told you that?? The goslings will likely land on concrete and they may well be injured or killed. In the wild they can jump from high places and land on the ground....landing on concrete is very different. We have a goose couple who often nests around the 9th story at the Law bldg in Vancouver and after the first year when some goslings got killed they now grab the goslings before they can jump and take them down. I spend a lot of time with geese and I would never let goslings jump 10 stories. Some people really just give the dumbest advice even if they may be involved with animals.

      We had ducks this year nest on the 3rd floor at the VPD headquarters and even there they grabbed the ducklings and took them down. Landing on concrete is just very different than landing on grass and of course the geese themselves don't realize this. .

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    4. Please don't let them jump that distance...there is enough evidence that goslings have died jumping off rooftops etc...don't let EHS or WRS pressure you into into doing the wrong thing just because they "think" they know better...this is concrete they are jumping onto...there are so many articles about them dying that WRS/EHS should know better.

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    5. hope this is not a duplicate ... but please do not take the word of someone who witnessed a miracle ... from the video you look to be pretty high up and that there will be concrete involved!! Please consider taking this planter with chicks to street level ... and wait for Mom to find you (she will if you step away a bit ... the walk to water will be dangerous enough! Wishing this family well

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    6. I actually adore how all these people went all doomsday on you and it turned out the wildlife EXPERTS were -gasp- actually right, as opposed to the armchair ornithologists.

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  3. What happened to the cam? I want to see the goose :)

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    1. Try refreshing the page if you can't see the cam

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  4. This video is sweet. Thank you for posting it. Geese are so interesting. Does she hiss at you a lot? haha

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    1. She hisses when I first go out on to the balcony but then stops once she realizes I'm not there to hurt her

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  5. She's awake, just like me! Except without the bourbon. . .

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  6. Thanks for the sharing the video. I enjoy watching her every day.

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  7. This is awesome! We have a couple of geese that have been hanging around our office for two weeks, but we aren't sure if there is a nest somewhere.
    Thanks for sharing. (Also, shout out to Sonic for posting this on their FB!)
    :D

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  8. THank you for sharing! awesome!! :)

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  9. hey Ben - did you mention to the wildlife rehab society that you are downtown (ie away from water)? Normally the catch-the-goslings-and-reunite-them-with-mom-approach works when the parents can lead them to water. But if you're downtown, thats almost impossible to do safely. In this situation, its best if the parents can be rounded up too so that the entire family can be transported to water. I'd suggest you call them back and request assistance in this. They used to have staff dedicated to rescues like this (I am former staff) ; I'm not sure of their current situation. Of course, if they are able to help, they'd have to mobilize quickly....but they are just on the yellowhead, not far from downtown.

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    1. They know the full story yeah. I expressed concern about them having to cross Japser ave etc to get to the river but was told that "The people of Edmonton have proven themselves to be quite patient and caring when they see families of ducks/geese crossing busy roads and we know of situations where the community comes together to help these families get to where they are going safely by pausing traffic and giving them their space."

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  10. This kind of advice is why I parted ways with the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton! Maybe I can help some more but I'd prefer to take this conversation offline. You can contact me at chickadee2906@gmail.com if you'd like. Cheers

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  11. Can you put the camera up earlier. The mom appears to be most active between sunrise and 9 am

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  12. Checking this cam is like some kind of drug addiction. I have 13 geese of my own, you'd think I'd have enough, but she is just so dainty and pretty.

    I have American Buffs and Sebastopols and all of them are mating, fighting, mating, egg-laying, brooding, hissing, repeat. They are caring parents (all the geese here raised the single gosling they hatched last year) but not too bright. I'd be a bit concerned about how she plans to get them off that balcony.

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    1. I think 'wild' geese that live in a city are very bright. I think it's amazing how they can coexist so well with us and cause less problems than the people in the city. I also find it amazing how they can nest someplace in a city like this....but still know a walking route to a pond. They know the city from the air but I have no idea how they find their way walking when they may have to walk up to 2 miles.

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  13. This is so cool! Nice work on protecting the little ones. Can't wait to see your newly adopted "children". Maybe mama will come back next year. So fun!!

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  14. This is so neat and amazing! Thank you for sharing this! :)

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  15. I thought about it and I want to change my write-in vote.
    Since the goose has Moved on up, to a deluxe apartment in the sky. She should be named Weezie, after Louise Jefferson on 'The Jeffersons' and the Gander can be George. ;')
    https://youtu.be/L09qnRfZY-k

    This is pretty cool BTW. Thanks for putting up the webcam and sharing.

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  16. When she leaves to get food for herself, assuming she does that, how long is she gone for usually?

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    1. Anywhere from 10-40 minutes usually. She spends a good 23 hrs of the day sitting on the eggs

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  17. aw really ... Lucy Goosey ? ... it's so cheesy lol anyway whatever, she is lovely and i can't wait to see the eggs hatch ... i check on her every day :-)

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  18. This is awesome! I am one block away from you. That gives us hope that maybe one year it can happen to us too. Thanks for sharing your gift!

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  19. There's always the bathtub! Crack that balcony door and let your house guests make them selfs at home

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  20. I'm getting a little worried - OFFLINE scares me :) My mornings are not complete with out my daily dose of Goose TV.

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  21. We can see your balcony from the clinic I work at. Yesterday we all crowded around in the waiting room trying to sneak a gander (haha) at your goose. We waved, did you wave back?

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  22. I have watched owls before. This is exciting to see a goose. Have not been able to take a peek during daylight hours. I am from Edmonton but am currently in the US so it a bit humorous that I am watching a bird from miles away living in my hometown ;)

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  23. Finally saw the goose at 3 pm PT. :D

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  24. Just love watching Lucy and can't wait to see her eggs hatch! :)

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  25. Hi I am one of your neighbours and have been thrilled to watch and enjoy the unique experience of having a wild goose nest on one of our balconies. Each evening after work I go to the social room to observe her and during the day my co-workers and myself go online to see how she is doing. We are anxiously waiting the birth of her goslings but are concerned about their welfare and the plan to reunite mother and babies after they are removed from the nest. Thank you so much for setting up the web cam and allowing us all to enjoy this experience.

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  26. Hi! Just another Oliverian who wanted to thank you for your effort. I hope it's not costing anything - if it is, I would click on a 'DONATE' button because this is exactly the kind of thing I want to see on the Internet in the morning. :)

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  27. I am curious how the Goose plans to get her babies down from there?

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    1. I think it was posted earlier that they will take the whole planter down to the ground and she will take them from there!

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    2. I've been informed that it shouldn't be an issue for them to make the fall down to the street level barring a very windy day or some pesky magpies. If any of them can't make it out of the planter or fall onto my balcony floor then I'll take them down in a box

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  28. I have enjoyed watching her at various times during the day. Thank you for doing this for her and her babies. Just wondering when does she go eat?

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    1. I have been lucky enough to see her fly off few times,she 's only gone for about 6 min.

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  29. Oh poor Lucy...she's sitting there getting covered in snow! Poor thing!

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  30. Doesn't the male also sit on the eggs and if so have you seen the change over? They would be one honk and maybe an answer then the change. Or so I understand.

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    1. I've spent a lot of time with our Canada geese in Vancouver and have never seen the male sit on the eggs. If she leaves for a few minutes to grab a bite of grass and have a quick bath he accompanies her and watches over her like she's a queen. When she leaves the nest she covers the eggs well with the down she lines the nest with to keep them warm but they really don't leave very often or for long.

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  31. I don't think he has been by today cause i have been watching most of the day and she is still in the same position as she was this morning!

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  32. I've never seen Lucy gone from the nest this long...it's been over 20 minutes. And I nearly had a heart attack watching that magpie come along, uncover her eggs and start pecking at them! I hope she's coming back...and soon!

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    1. She has been gone for 30+ minutes a few times now. The magpie was poking around the other morning too but doesn't seem to have caused any damage to any of the eggs. Hopefully she won't continue to leave them for so long!

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    2. Oh I didn't realize she was ever gone that long...I tune in when I can and I thought she only left a few minutes at a time. I rescued a baby jackrabbit a few years ago...mamma had just given birth when I found them on the lawn of my apartment building. I came out an hour later and magpies were attacking the bunnies in the nest. 2 of them were killed and the last one I hand raised and set free when it was 4 months old (EHS and the wildlife rehabilitation peeps were not very helpful when I called them either). Needless to say the magpie freaked me out...I was yelling at my computer screen lol But glad the eggs are all ok! :)

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  33. The goose cam has been offline for nearly 10 minutes, and I'm starting to freak out! Help Benjamin! Everyone at my office loves Lucy, and we can't go without seeing her for very long!

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  35. Do you know what day Lucy laid her eggs?

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  37. I would not let the goslings jump 10 stories and land on concrete. Whoever thinks that is OK is wrong and some people say the dumbest things and assume a lot about geese simply because geese don't rate that high with them so they perpetuate these silly myths.

    Goslings here died on more than one occasion jumping from high places. This is just one of them and this only 4 stories.

    "Rooftop goslings a growing concern"

    "But joy turned to despair Thursday when two of the goslings fell four storeys to their death on the streets below after the goose family was spooked by a gardener sent to mow the rooftop lawn.

    The five other goslings miraculously survived the fall after landing on a balcony a short distance below. "It was quite traumatic," said Jackie Mooney, one of dozens of workers who helplessly witnessed the goslings' fall."

    http://www.canada.com/story_print.html?id=616b5b39-30ab-4289-ad72-5b63d2165f1c&sponsor=


    When the parents are ready to take the goslings to the pond, some time after they are dry from hatching and a little aware, because the goslings need to get to water in a reasonable time after hatching, the parents will stand on the ground and honk for the goslings to jump. So that is when you just have a box handy and start grabbing goslings to put them into a box and take down to the parents. I would also be nice if someone could walk with them to whatever pond they have in mind to go to. I've seen people here just gently herding them with brooms to stop them at red lights etc.

    http://www.canada.com/story_print.html?id=616b5b39-30ab-4289-ad72-5b63d2165f1c&sponsor=

    To the rescue: Mother duck, ducklings plucked from Vancouver Police HQ

    The Vancouver Police Department is earning praise for rescuing a mother duck and her nine ducklings and returning them safely to the water.

    The incident unfolded Sunday, when a concerned citizen called wildlife rescue after seeing the mother duck and her ducklings on the ledge of the third-floor patio of the police department's Cambie Street headquarters.

    http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/to-the-rescue-mother-duck-ducklings-plucked-from-vancouver-police-hq-1.2349932


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  38. Please don't let them jump -- PLEASE!!

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  39. Still no chicks? I guess this Goose's ass is not warm enough to have a family. Too bad, too bad.

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  40. I hope they hatch this weekend! Thanks for posting this Benjamin- I love checking in on Lucy throughout the day, I'll miss her when she's gone :(

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  41. I believe when they hatch they are taking the whole pant pot down to the ground and momma will take them from there!

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  42. Lucy wanted to be a Mother on Mother's Day

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  43. So cool... tuned in just in time to see the first one hatch! Hope you're ready Benjamin! Just in time for Mother's day!

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  44. So happy she had her chicks on Mother's Day .good job Lucy!!

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  45. one of her eggs just fell down the corner of the planter poor thing.

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    1. Oh no. If I was there I'd go retrieve it for her whether or not she throws a little hissy fit. I have zero fears about geese since I've spent so much time with them. I think they are smart enough to see when people are trying to help them too so while they may hiss they usually give you the benefit of the doubt.

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    2. Don't worry, it's just an eggshell :)

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    3. Thank you so much Benjamin!! I hated thinking of a gosling stuck somewhere it couldn't hatch.

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  46. Omg!!!! They hatched!!!!! They're soooo adorable! !!

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  47. ?They are so cute! Has that bldg to the right always been there or are my eyes deceiving me? Also when will they be taken down so they can go to the water?

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  48. Happy Mothers Day Lucy! http://members.shaw.ca/heis/ss/may10-2015.jpg

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    1. That photo is priceless. Goslings think they're very brave peeking out at the world from the safety of moms feathers.

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  49. I sure hope the wildlife federation can move them down to ground level because i was reading about the baby goslings and they don't fly for 2 to 3 months! They shouldn't just fall off the balcony!!

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  50. 2 Links to TV news

    http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=611094&binId=1.1203428&playlistPageNum=1

    http://globalnews.ca/video/1990416/lucy-the-gooses-goslings-have-hatched

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  51. I am worried about them falling as well, their natural habitat is tall grass areas near water. if they babies flal they will likely die.. Hopeful they will be moved shortly after birth.

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  52. Well momma left the nest and all babys jumped! Hope they made it safe!

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  53. Just spoke to Ben and they all landed fine on the garage roof, all 5 of them! 😄

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  54. All 5 have landed safely :)

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  55. Well thanks Ben for letting us have a bird eye view of Lucy.I'm going to have withdrawals now for sure. Now you get your deck back.Nice to see her mate there and hopefully they all make safe to the water.

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  56. Aww, did one of the goslings get injured when they landed? I see 4 of them following mama Lucy around, the other one hasn't moved in a while.

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  57. I only am seeing 4 Goslings moving around?

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  58. What happened to the 5th baby? I've seen it move a tiny bit but not much at all...shouldn't someone be checking on it to make sure it's ok...if it's injured it will die without help!

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    1. It's probably already dead. That's nature.

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    2. It's not 'nature' when they have to live in cities. This is why we people grab goslings and take them down when they need help in our unnatural environment.

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  59. There were five eggs and only four gooselings so maybe one didn't make it.. but she went out of site ..

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  60. I'm a little disappointed that no one has come to rescue them, before something even more happens

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  61. Is there a plan to get them off the roof of the garage?

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    1. I think the will be able to jump one more floor to street level, most made it 9 floors already.

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  62. The camera shot you see now is off the roof below, one floor above street level. I still see mom, pop and 4 goslings walking around and drinking the water. I don't know what became of gosling #5. It was lay in the water for quiet a while not moving, but its disappeared now. Someone said a wildlife office was on the roof this morning, maybe they took #5 away?

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  63. I'm a little disappointed that no one has come to rescue them, before something even more happens

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  64. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton and Ben have been working cosely together for the last few hours to assist with the next stages of the goose family's activities.

    As you know, the 5 goslings quickly left the nest when the female decided it was time to go. They all successfully landed on the roof of the car park below, and began to drink from a pool of water on the roof. Unfortunately, one of the goslings stayed in the pool and didn't stay with the rest of the group. It seemed to be having some difficulty.

    When we arrived, sadly, the gosling had passed away. Whether it was from the fall or other health issues, we don't know. The other 4, however, are bright and alert, active, and sticking close by the female.

    We made a decision that we would only try to capture the whole family. We did not want to separate them.

    We made two attempts to capture the entire family this morning (May 11) with the hope of being able to relocate them elsewhere. However, it was clear that the pair had other plans, and we decided that we were only harassing them as the adults continually flew away from their young.

    Their needs now are to get off the roof (a relatively small drop considering what they've already been through), and to get to grass. We surveyed the area; there is lots of grass there for them to eat, they can find water in small puddles, and they will eventually make their way to a larger body of water. What they need right now is grass, and there is ample supply in that neighbourhood. There are a number of local residents that are watching out for them, and will call us if they are getting into trouble.

    For now, we are letting the parents do what they do best -- protecting their goslings, getting them to food; and they will eventually get them to where they want them to be.

    We have agreed with Ben to stay in touch, and they are being monitored continuously throughout the day.

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    1. Wow pathetic...everybody knew the goslings could not jump 10 stories. WHY...did you not just put them in a box and take them down to the parents??? Some 'wildlife' groups are useless. And of course...goslings need water pretty soon or they will die. Just pathetic.

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    2. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue in NC gets about 3 calls a week to get goslings off roofs....and they do it. They don't sit there waiting for goslings to jump and die. Lucky I don't donate to your group because this would have been the end of any donations.

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    3. @amberwings unfortunately the goslings all jumped quite early this morning and all within about 30 seconds of the mother leaving. There was no opportunity to put any of them in a box and take them down before they'd all left

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    4. Thank you Wildlife Rehab, the update is great information. I understand that the mother would not let anyone near the nest before 7am this morning, she and all the gosling jumped together in a mater of seconds. The would have been no time that the goslings were alone in the nest for any one to put them into a box.

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  65. It's nearly noon and they're still up there. Looks like they're in no hurry to jump off the garage roof down to the street.

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    1. Couid be the ledge is too high for them to even jump. Unfortunately this wildlife group in Edmonton appears useless. I wish I'd never even heard of this goose now since it ended in totally needless tragedy already for at least 1 gosling.

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    2. I agree Amberwings, the wildlife rehab society of Edmonton gives absolutely terrible advice when it comes to these situations and are quite useless when they should be actively helping. Telling Benjamin that the goslings would be "just fine" jumping off the balcony from 10 stories up was BS and many of us expected there could be a tragic ending to this story instead of a happy one if that advice was followed. I have also had situations with them myself where they were completely unhelpful. They are certainly earning themselves a terrible reputation and perhaps people will stop donating or stop listening to/asking for their advice if they continue the way their track record shows.

      That being said, I don't blame Benjamin for any of this. I think he did a wonderful thing allowing all of us to watch the momma goose and her babies and he did his best to show concern for their safety and tried to seek the help necessary. It isn't his fault he was given crappy advice from the so-called experts. I am happy 4 of the babies made it down safely (of course sad that one didn't make it) and hopefully people in the neighborhood will be respectful and vigilant of the goose family and help them when they decide to make their move to a better area.

      And reallyWildlife Rehab Society "When we arrived, sadly, the gosling had passed away. Whether it was from the fall or other health issues, we don't know." That statement is a total copout and everyone knows it...the goslings were perfectly healthy and OF COURSE the fall killed it. To say you "don't know" is total BS again and you're just trying to cover your butts because you made a stupid call and gave absolutely terrible advice...everyone knows it so you might as well ADMIT IT! Of course we know you won't do that, but anyone with a brain knows better and knows this was preventable if you, as "the experts" in wildlife rehab and conservation, were doing your jobs properly!

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    3. @Eternity unfortunately the goslings all jumped quite early this morning and all within about 30 seconds of the mother leaving. There was no opportunity to put any of them in a box and take them down before they'd all left.

      Additionally the 5th gosling seemed to be ok initially. It was walking around with the others and then walked over to the pool of water. It may have just been injured slightly from the fall but then unfortunately drowned in the water, we're not sure.

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  66. And Benjamin, thank you for trying to do whatever you could to help as best you knew how, and allowing us in to watch...

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  67. Geese “Have” to live in cities? Are you suggesting that we give up our civilization and give it all back to the wild? This not a tragedy. There are millions of geese out there. Birds and animals die all the time. Just because you see it on a cam doesn’t mean you get so worked up over it. Geese don’t have the brains to figure out that this isn’t a place to have a nest. What should have been done is at the first sign of nesting or laying to barricade the location so that the goose would be deterred.

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  68. Yes birds and animals die all the time, and geese do not have the brains to know that a 10th floor apartment balcony isn't the safest place to begin a family, however humans do have the brains and since in this case we COULD see what was happening and so it is only right to help! We have taken over their habitat, just as we have taken over and destroyed the habitats of many of the world's wildlife. They are always the ones that have to adjust to us, not the other way around. At one time people said there were so many lions, elephants, gorillas etc in Africa and so people did whatever they wanted with no concern for the wildlife...now they are endangered species and people will be lucky if their children and grandchildren ever get to see these animals in the wild in their lifetimes because there are hardly any left. It is that same lackadaisical attitude that leads to eventual extinction of species. Geese may not be endangered but that doesn't mean we shouldn't care about their well-being, just as we should care about the well-being of all of nature.

    "Only when the last tree is cut down, the last fish caught, and the last stream poisoned, will we realize that we cannot eat money"

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  69. Very well said Eternity I feel something more should have been done for these poor little goslings than them falling 9 stories! Yes it was early this morning when they all left the nest but they were all born yesterday morning and maybe something could have been done then!! It's nature and yes things happen in the wild all the time but this was an unusual place for a goose to lay her eggs! They are normally down on the ground and not 10 floors up! So I would have thought if the wildlife people knew they hatched that they should have taken precautions so they don't just have to fall 9 floors!

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  70. On a lighter note I have totally enjoyed watching them everyday and will really miss this!!

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  71. I've never heard of a wild life situation that couldn't relocate geese..they can't live there and she can't move her babies.. they wont be able to fly for a very long time.

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  72. If they have food and water, Im sure they will be fine for the time

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  73. Thank you for sharing your goose story with so many of us! I enjoyed watching her and seeing the babies. It's sad that one passed but that is mother nature and there is nothing that we can do about it. Good job Ben!!

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  74. Thank you Ben for all your hard work bringing Lucy's story to the world. Fort High LINKS students have loved following Lucy's story on the live goose cam and were so excited to hear about the goslings hatching. We have all learn so much about geese and their habits in caring for and hatching their young! Wonderful Ben.

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  75. Priceless footage of them taking the plunge : )

    Nice work Ben.

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  76. If you're having issues with geese on your property, check out canada geese removal in New Jersey.

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  77. What camera would be best for everyday vlogging?
    vlogger camera

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  78. Hello,

    I just happen to be going through something like this. Well, I found recently that a goose laid eggs on my balcony, except it's a balcony chair she laid her eggs in. One of those folding, lawn type chair. I discovered one egg 2 days ago, then another yesterday, and a 3rd one today. Yep, I'm definitely online researching the whole goose thing too. This is at the really beginning stages. I just happen to come across this blog and thought your story was pretty informational. Any advice or thoughts

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