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 or text VOX to 500-500Become a Video Lab member! 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: Lab of Ornithology’s bird guide is an invaluable resource to learn the basics about all birds, including the Canada goose: state agencies have written histories of their geese programs, but this Federal Impact Statement from 2002 is the best option for an overall picture: Hanson’s book, The Giant Canada Goose, chronicles the rediscovery of a species once thought extinct (as well as some breeding advice): bird population studies give you a picture of changing bird populations over the past 50 years: is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out our full video catalog: Vox on Facebook: Twitter:
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  • Alora kempthorne

     1 months ago

    Canada, our plan worked. We strike at midnight.

  • sebnewlook

     14 days ago

    @The United States Of America You sure ? Cause your armed citizens are already struggling to deal with em

  • The United States Of America

     14 days ago

    @sebnewlook *unconditionally I ain't gonna surrender for fighting a Canadian goose.

  • aksumi

     1 months ago

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

  • McJive

     1 months ago

    @ExplodingHam We already know how our Aussie cousins fared in the famed Emu War. *shudders*

  • Justin Zachary

     1 months ago

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


     19 days ago

    In my neighbourhood (Southern Ontario) there's a goose that I call Lucas (after a Mexican candy)I swear that goose scares the living out of everyone

  • Bj Schofield

     1 months ago

    He proteccHe AtaccBut most importantly U.S. law dictates that you can only have 5 in your hunting sack

  • felix's cheesestick

     1 months ago


  • Krynetik

     1 months ago

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

  • JustAThought

     1 months ago


  • Nguyen Dang Hung Anh

     1 months ago

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


     1 months ago

    *Everybody Gangsta Until Goose Take Over Your Hood*

  • Ximen Williams

     9 days ago

    Until you bring out your dog to scare them away.

  • Mr. Goose

     1 months ago

    Thats the Big honk

  • kiewanface

     1 months ago

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

  • Blackarrow

     1 months ago

    This is how Canada is taking revenge for us making fun of them...

  • brownjatt21

     15 days ago

    @Dirk Visser you mean the more boring version

  • poocrafter2

     1 months ago

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

  • crmendoza798

     12 days ago

    @william njagi how is that a woosh?

  • gaspodewb

     1 months ago

    build the wall! - oh wait they will just fly oover right?