June 21, 2012. Today Monika Wood got to help the DEC with Canada Geese banding in Corning and Painted Post! She says she “got bit, scratched and pooped on, but it was very fun and interesting!  She writes:

We rounded the geese up with people on the shore and in canoes and herded them into holding pens using a “funnel” made out of plastic fencing. Then we processed the birds assembly line fashion. The person in the pen would hand me a bird, I would move to the person putting the band on, then move further down the line with my bird to get it sexed and aged, and then I would release it. Interesting operation! Monika Wood

Rounding up Canada Geese on the Chemung River
Photo by Monika Wood

Herding them to the banding area
Photo by Monika Wood

Assembly line banding and processing
Photo by Monika Wood

Geese Waiting in the PensPhoto by Monika Wood

Geese waiting in the pens
Photo by Monika Wood

Getting bitten by a goose!
Photo by Monika Wood