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Goose Banding In The QCA

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Flocks of geese are banded annually in order to give biologists more information on migration paths and hunter harvest rates. Goose banding is happening in the QCA right now because the geese are easier to wrangle.

This is the time when adult geese are molting their feathers, so they're flightless for several weeks until their feathers have grown back.

"Banding is one of the most useful tools we have in our biological 'tool box' as wildlife managers," said Curt Kemmerer, wildlife biologist with the Iowa DNR.

"The actual bands are going to go on one leg of every goose. They've got a unique number on them," Kemmerer said that is how the geese are tracked.

The DNR wildlife unit in the Quad Cities has a banding quota of 150 geese, but local biologists like to set a higher goal.

"Usually we have no problem banding 200 birds," Kemmerer said.