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    A good news article about how I have helped those in the community.
Thanks of course go to Susan Grexston who called me about the Canadian Goose that had frozen to the rocks on the Port Credit Harbour breakwater stones.  Before I got there, another "helpful" fellow came by and just pulled the goose off the rocks, leaving a bloody mess of feathers stuck to stone and dump it into the water.  It swam out to the bit of ice shown in the following pictures and hunkered down to most likely die.  What the pictures does not show is how bloodily cold and windy it was that day, I was very under dressed and freezing.

    The next three pictures were taken by Sue of one of my more "not too smart things I do to help others".  Very risky going to end of dock (covered in goose poop), alone, on a bitterly cold winter day and reach out with a large net to try and save a full grown Canadian goose on thin ice over freezing water - lot could go wrong.  Luckily, nothing did.  This goose was not expected to live, it was in such shape when we got it to the Animal Rescue centre at Downsview Airport.  It was later delivered for recovery near the Toronto Zoo where we picked it up.  The last line of the Mississauga News article is a shot at those who try to help the geese, as the City has taken the side of people who just hate sharing this world with wildlife.

    The ban number on its leg was sent off to see what info there was about this goose and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Canadian Wildlife Service and US Geological Survey was sent to me - posted below.  There was little doubt that this Canadian Goose was a male, when went to pick it up, it was standing tall and proud on the highest point in the enclosure and wasted no chance to peck at us.  If you come across a banned bird send off the ban number to Canadian Wildlife Service and/or US Geological Survey, Biological Resource Division, Patuxent Wildlife Research Centre, Bird Banding Laboratory, 12100 Beech Forest Rd., Laurel, MD  20708-4037.

A oily Canadian Goose rescue.
Before the above risky rescue there was the oily goose rescue.  It was the area of the Lakefront Promenade Park/Marina & Port Credit Yacht Club,  it had become fouled with oil somehow and boy can them Geese can run!  Took a bit to catch after first seeing it and a small crew but it got delivered those who knew how to it cleaned up.  Later I picked it up and let go in the same park.  Likely a female, at first not even want to leave the box.

Risky Winter Rescue

Certificate of Appreciation
from the Canadian Wildlife Service and US Geological Survey.


A oily Canadian Goose rescue

The catching - Before.

The release - Please leave the box.

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