The goose that conquered America

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, April 23, 2019
  • The Canada goose is a nuisance. But you might not realize how it got that way.Start listening with a 30-day Audible trial and your first audiobook plus two Audible Originals are free. Visit https://audible.com/vox or text VOX to 500-500Become a Video Lab member! http://bit.ly/video-labIn this episode of Vox Almanac, Vox’s Phil Edwards explores the poop-filled history of the Canada goose — and the way people transformed it from migratory wonder to public nuisance.If you’ve played on a soccer field or strolled past a golf course in the United States, you’ve doubtless seen gaggles of Canada geese terrorizing the public space. These geese were actually put here by state agencies in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s as part of public programs to create Canada goose populations after nearly hunting the bird to extinction. Because these birds are all protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, it proves surprisingly difficult to get the geese to leave.There are some methods of geese removal, like egg oiling, or addling, that stop new geese from hatching. It’s a lot of effort, but it works. Still, these Canada geese illustrate some of the unintended consequences that happened when people tried to foster flocks in the last half-century.Further Reading:Home grown honkers was a definitive guide to goose raising. You can find information about it here, and some used copies are available online: https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/...Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s bird guide is an invaluable resource to learn the basics about all birds, including the Canada goose: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/C...Many state agencies have written histories of their geese programs, but this Federal Impact Statement from 2002 is the best option for an overall picture: https://books.google.com/books?id=VzA...Harold Hanson’s book, The Giant Canada Goose, chronicles the rediscovery of a species once thought extinct (as well as some breeding advice): https://books.google.com/books/about/...These bird population studies give you a picture of changing bird populations over the past 50 years: https://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/tr2...Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06oOr Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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  • Alora kempthorne

    Alora kempthorne

     4 months ago +4820

    Canada, our plan worked. We strike at midnight.

  • Justin Zachary

    Justin Zachary

     4 months ago +767

    As a Canadian, I was very concerned for him as he ran full force into those geese... those dudes are vicious!

  • Bj Schofield

    Bj Schofield

     4 months ago +279

    He protecc
    He Atacc
    But most importantly U.S. law dictates that you can only have 5 in your hunting sack

  • BL4CK KINGZ

    BL4CK KINGZ

     4 months ago +227

    Everybody Gangsta Until Goose Take Over Your Hood

  • aksumi

    aksumi

     4 months ago +251

    Humans: Kill geese near to extinction
    Humans: Outlaw poaching of Canada geese and start campaigns to conserve their species
    Geese: Overpopulate
    Humans: We changed our mind buddy

  • Nguyen Dang Hung Anh

    Nguyen Dang Hung Anh

     4 months ago +2700

    The geese got banned from Canada bcs they are not polite enough

  • poocrafter2

    poocrafter2

     4 months ago +122

    As someone who live near the Canada border this is the real immigration problem that the media isn't talking about.

  • Krynetik

    Krynetik

     4 months ago +227

    One of the major factors was a Canada goose named Ryan Gooseling infiltrating Hollywood and winning the hearts and minds of the American public.

  • kiewanface

    kiewanface

     4 months ago +52

    "They're your problem now"- every Canadian ever

  • yeehaw y’know

    yeehaw y’know

     4 months ago +58

    this is for canada gang only, so if you’re not from canada keep scrolling
    our plan worked we attack at midnight

  • Oliver Action

    Oliver Action

     4 months ago +2453

    Despite being a Canadian goose they are very mean.

  • JEJJ EvilMedic

    JEJJ EvilMedic

     4 months ago +15

    We have won a war against humans in Australia,we wish you guys success
    THIS POST WAS MADE BY AUSSIE EMU GANG

  • Wiggly109

    Wiggly109

     4 months ago +83

    terrorists: I sleep
    CANADA GOOSE: w o k e

  • Alex Shuysky

    Alex Shuysky

     4 months ago +36

    Build a Sky Wall and Deport them back to Canada

  • Ecb23

    Ecb23

     4 months ago +31

    Ah yes I see you have found our secret plan eh the Canadians have been behind it the whole time
    MWHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    (cough cough)

  • Mr. Friendship

    Mr. Friendship

     4 months ago +2196

    Australia: Emu War is one of the most pointless wars ever happened in history...
    Canada: Hold my maple syrup

  • John Minelli

    John Minelli

     4 months ago +29

    IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH CANADA GOOSES THEN YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH ME AND I SUGGEST YOU LET THAT ONE MARINATE

  • Caleb

    Caleb

     4 months ago +20

    Canadian geese ALWAYS hiss at me, it's insane. Like we saved you kid, be nice >:(

  • Good man dan

    Good man dan

     3 months ago +11

    And they said I was crazy when I told them that Canada was secretly invading us

  • Shravan Sundar

    Shravan Sundar

     3 months ago +7

    Who would win
    The most powerful and rich nation on Earth
    A bunch of rowdy geese from the north