September 7, 1999 |
Few gunshots, and even fewer shot geese, marked the start of Montgomery County's third annual controlled hunt at Green Lane Reservoir Park, which resumes tomorrow. In fact, hundreds of the large birds managed to hide in plain sight in a parking lot, a safe distance from the 24 camouflaged hunters taking aim on Friday, Day 2 of the hunt. "Somebody forgot to tell the geese there's a hunt on," Mike Oppelt, assistant park superintendent, said with a laugh. "It's a smart bird. " In all, 12 geese were killed Friday.
October 29, 1999 |
Because hundreds of geese were able to escape hunters late in the summer, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Pennsylvania Game Commission have granted officials at Montgomery County's Green Lane Reservoir Park a permit to hunt once again. Ninety-nine geese were killed during the public hunt in September, aimed at solving persistent goose population problems at the park. "We were hoping for more," said assistant park superintendent Frank Ball. There was no limit, but officials were trying for more than 200 kills.
December 4, 1991 |
Ask people to name the food centerpiece of a traditional old-time Christmas dinner and the likely answer will be either a golden-roasted goose or a regal prime rib of beef. Whether either one has ever appeared at an individual's Christmas dinner, both - like snow and a crackling fire - seem to be our mental images of the holiday's sentimental favorites. The goose got its best marketing push from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. It remains, however, mostly a European staple and foreign to American tables.
January 26, 2004 |
Dave Magpiong drove from New Jersey, hoping to get a look. Rett Oren and Ken Niewoehner came from Bethlehem. Al Guarente and five buddies showed up, in freezing rain, from Delaware County. Then there was the couple who drove 410 miles from Boston. Birders from across the region - and spots up and down the eastern seaboard - have been gathering by three frozen lakes in central Chester County for the last two weeks, hoping to get a glimpse of a goose with bubble-gum pink feet that should be across the Atlantic in England right now, but apparently isn't.
August 23, 1996 |
Would you say no to a hungry goose? Don Uhl of Williamstown wouldn't. He surrendered part of his lunch (could it have been the part he didn't want anyway?) to a goose yesterday in Pennsauken.
May 10, 2013
By B.G. Kelley The Dad Vail Regatta, the biggest intercollegiate rowing event, summons images of sleek sculls oared with precision by finely chiseled athletes. It presents an aesthetic springtime tableau on the glimmering, sun-spilled Schuylkill. The regatta, which begins today, is part of the sports DNA here. I've been going to Dad Vail since 1968. But these days I don't watch the races as much as I do the Canada geese - those birds with black heads and necks and white patches on their faces that come from Peter's Island and beyond to the banks of the Schuylkill to feed on the grass, to play, or simply to rest peacefully.
March 29, 1990 |
It was a grateful little goose goodbye. Their friends were sort of sad. But everyone agreed that George and Susie, the round-bellied birds that have roosted for several years beside the Moshulu at Penn's Landing, were headed to a safer, better home in New Jersey. The black-beaked George, ill in recent days, was up and squawking for the occasion. But his never-far mate, Susie, rested wearily on her thick, white tuft of underfeathers, unnaturally quiet and queasy-looking. Susie had laid an egg an hour before.
August 8, 1997 |
The Montgomery County commissioners gave the unanimous go-ahead yesterday for a limited Canada geese hunt in Upper Perkiomen Valley Park next month to control the birds' skyrocketing numbers. "In order for us to control the population, we have to have a hunt," county parks director Ronald Ahlbrandt told the commissioners. Hunting will be allowed in the morning on a total of 12 days during Sept. 3 to 29. Ahlbrandt said the number of mated pairs of geese in the county jumped from about 30,000 in 1992 to about 88,000 in 1995.