The lead story in this morning’s Ithaca Journal was about how Canada geese have invaded area parks and disrupted peaceful family outings just by doing what geese do naturally and leaving behind what geese typically leave behind. I can understand the concern. There are a whole lot of these geese living in our city–about 240,000 in all of New York State, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation, and we have our share–and they’re not about to walk away from a grassy area just because some nice people want to have a picnic. In fact, when they see that picnic basket I’m sure images of free food pass through their heads, and I can’t really blame them. Living in today’s world takes energy and inventiveness, and geese don’t have credit cards to use in area restaurants. But, because I had other things on my mind this morning, I set the newspaper aside.
So I was surprised, as we were leaving Wegmans after our weekly grocery shopping expedition, to see a whole flock of Canada geese wading in the lake that the week’s rain had left at the edge of the parking lot. Some were just strolling along the shoreline, enjoying the sun. People were feeding them. They like people, and they seemed happy to have found a place to hang out on a hot day.
They strut their poise and stateliness. Wouldn’t they make handsome carousel animals?