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Wildlife biologists from Oregon and Washington remove cackling Canada geese from a rocket net used to capture the birds as part of a three-year population study. In all, biologists put leg bands and neck collars on 558 geese captured in April on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area. The project will continue later this year on the birds’ breeding grounds in Alaska.

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Biologists collar Canada geese on SIWA

SAUVIE ISLAND, Ore. – It’s 5 a.m. and a dozen Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) biologists clad in camouflage quietly crouch in the brush next to a field of corn stocks hiding them from tens of thousands of cackling Canada geese in an adjacent field.


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