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Banding Canada Geese with the Pennsylvania Game Commission

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Posted on July 5, 2019 by Amber Wiseman '20, president of the Delaware Valley University Ducks Unlimited chapter.

Courtesy: Amber Wiseman From left: Ducks Unlimited Advisor Thomas O’Connor, Ducks Unlimited Vice President Chloe Sees '21, and Ducks Unlimited President Amber Wiseman '20.

On June 20, the Delaware Valley University Ducks Unlimited chapter was invited by the Pennsylvania Game Commission to capture and band Canada geese near Fogelsville, Pennslyvania.

Along with DelVal alumna Lauren Ferreri '10 were Ducks Unlimited President Amber Wiseman '20, Ducks Unlimited Vice President Chloe Sees '21, and Ducks Unlimited Advisor Thomas O’Connor. The group also included about a dozen game commission officers/biologists, and some of their family members.

A total of 189 Canada geese were successfully captured and released. Through this experience, the members learned how to properly handle the geese and identify the bird’s sex. Each goose received a specific silver band, which was put on the right foot.

Each band has nine numbers on it that are recorded by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Banding these birds and recording their band numbers allows for the Pennsylvania Game Commission to collect data such as their migration patterns, male-female ratio, and approximate ages. The bands can be collected through hunters during the goose seasons or by recapturing the birds. 

About the Author
Amber Wiseman is a Delaware Valley University student. On campus, she serves as president of the University's Ducks Unlimited chapter.