Ridge View protects geese

By Natalia Navarro, Editor-in-Chief

With the spring season rolling along, Ridge View students prepare for fun in the sun, crammed studying for exams, senior week and graduation. Surprisingly, the area of interest this spring wasn’t Ridge View’s newly announced Prom King and Prom Queen, but rather Ridge View’s newest family: two parent geese and four goslings who hatched in Ridge View’s C Parking Lot planter.

Through the month of April and into May, both parents took turns guarding the eggs, with the father usually guarding the planter while the mother sat on the eggs.

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The gander (male goose) guarding the nest. (photo by Steve Nuzum)

During this time, staff took precautionary measures regarding the safety of students and staff. Paige Fennel sent out an email on April 15 regarding the discovery of the nest.  “Avoid the nest located near the tree in the bricked in circle, walk around the caution tape in the grassy area,” she advised in her email.

 

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Ridge View surrounded the area with cautionary tape to ensure safety. (photo by Karen Willdermood)

Throughout the incubation period, teacher and students have respected the space of the geese. However, Assistant Principal, David Gordon, explained the school district contacted the Department of Natural Resources inquiring about the removal of the geese for fear of student and staff safety.

“If they hatch, then the mother will take them to water immediately,” Gordon commented. “The closest water source is back behind the baseball field.”

The school district however will be contacted if the geese return after being taken to a water source as there is a possibility that the parent geese can return next spring for a new set of eggs.

On Monday, May 16, four goslings hatched, leaving three eggs in the nest, which is now believed to be abandoned.

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Newly hatched goslings (photo by Katherine Perry)

As of recently, the geese have not been seen. They were last spotted on the other side of Hard Scrabble, heading toward the woods, in search of water.  “I saw them as I was coming into work,” said English teacher, Karen Willdermood. “I slowed down as the last one was getting out of the road into safety.  I looked over toward the grass and saw four goslings and both parents.”

 

 

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