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Gather for geese at Magee Marsh

John Benson • May 12, 2015 at 6:28 PM

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• WHAT: Canada Goose Day

• WHEN: 12-4 p.m. March 6

• WHERE: Magee Marsh, 13229 W. St. Rt. 2, Oak Harbor

• COST: Free

• INFO: 419-898-0960 ext. 31

Perhaps we all have a bit of the call of the wild in us, which may explain why Canada Goose Day at Oak Harbor’s Magee Marsh remains a popular annual wintertime fun day.

This year’s event takes place from 12-4 p.m. March 6 at the Sportsman’s Migratory Bird Center, where Friends of Magee Marsh will be providing refreshments, a cozy fire and a marsh walk while local carvers entertain interested families.

“It’s just our first event in the spring,” said Ohio Division of Natural Resources Naturalist Mary Warren. “Everyone is in cabin fever mode so we get people outside for the start of the spring migration for the birds, with geese being the star of the day. At the bird center, we have area carvers carving wood ducks and they’ll have their decoys on display. We have a lot of decoys on display here, as well as hundreds of birds that are mounted and stuffed. On the marsh walk, people get to take a walk outside and see geese and probably some eagles in the area too. So it’s just a nice afternoon to come on out for the start of the season.”

Canadian geese are a fickle bunch, with apparently some of the birds residing year round on the peninsula. In fact, Warren said a recent count of the birds, which have distinctive black heads and brownish-gray bodies, was in the 500 range. Still, she said the goose-centric event usually attracts people in the hundreds.

“The kids seem to enjoy the walk the most because we never know what we’ll see out walking,” Warren said. “We have a children’s area in the visitor’s area, as well as a touch table for kids. And of course they enjoy the cookies.”

Finally, there appears to be a love-hate relationship between humans and Canadian geese. That is, we don’t want the birds honking on our property early in the morning, but we sure love to see them flying majestically in the sky.

Warren agreed, “It’s a matter of perspective. Some people when they call here they’re calling to complain about geese because they’re in their front yards or eating their plants. But we still have people who call and say they want to come out and see the goslings. I don’t know, there is just something about the call of the wild when you hear the geese flying overhead.”

Canada Goose Day takes place from 12-4 p.m. March 6 at the Sportsman’s Migratory Bird Center at Magee Marsh, 13229 W. State Route 2, Oak Harbor. Call 419-898-0960 ext. 31 for more information.

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