Date: 1/13/21 12:21 pm
From: Matthew G Hunter <matthewghunter...>
Subject: [Umpqua Birds] Re: Egyptian Geese in the Umpqua Basin
Anyone want to hazard a guess as to when they last saw an Egyptian Goose
outside the safari? For me I think it was the early 1980s.

Seems like there was a report of one of the safari cranes somewhere at some
point. Any recollection of that?


On Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 6:54 PM Tonya Buzzard <crittermom88...>

> Matt, that I don't know. That information SHOULD be in animal records
> somewhere since everything had a piece of paper filled out when it came in
> or was born/hatched.
> On Tue, Jan 12, 2021, 6:19 PM Matthew G Hunter <matthewghunter...>
> wrote:
>> Thanks Tonya. Do you remember where they were obtained originally, or
>> when? Locally, or elsewhere?
>> Matt
>> On Tue, Jan 12, 2021, 17:50 Tonya Buzzard <crittermom88...> wrote:
>>> I worked at Wildlife Safari from 1987 through 1996 and Egyptian geese
>>> were there at that time. We use to make every attempt to pinion all babies
>>> hatched, but it wasn't always possible and some did eventually fly away.
>>> Tonya
>>> On Tue, Jan 12, 2021, 4:19 PM Matthew G Hunter <matthewghunter...>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Thanks folks. :-) I just heard from Dan Brand at Wildlife Safari. The
>>>> following is from him:
>>>> I really couldn't tell you what the origin of these geese are as they
>>>> start showing up in the records in 1994. However, that doesn't mean much
>>>> to me because in the early days of record keeping they often only kept
>>>> records of significant animals (mammals) in the collection.
>>>> I have also heard, anecdotally, that many private collections in the
>>>> area had Egyptian Geese as well.
>>>> I started at Wildlife Safari in 2007. There was a fairly large flock
>>>> of flighted birds and the assumption was that they flew between Wildlife
>>>> Safari and Stewart Park. In 2007 we started a program to reduce the
>>>> breeding of Egyptian Geese at Wildlife Safari. We also started pinioning
>>>> birds that we were able to capture. Most of these were chicks that had
>>>> hatched out and were easy to grab. Today we have less than 25 birds on the
>>>> property. It has also been a few years since I have seen any egyptian
>>>> geese flying. Even today we do formally track the goose population. I
>>>> will go through about twice a year and do a quick survey of the number of
>>>> E. geese in the park. I am due to complete this survey again.
>>>> On Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 3:38 PM Elva Paulson <epaulson007...>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> Way back before I was a docent at Wildlife Safari and Dale was still
>>>>> working, I had a friend call about a strange goose/duck. she lived about 5
>>>>> miles SW of Winston. As I remember we were totally puzzled until we
>>>>> realize it was a Safari bird. Long time ago. but I think it was an
>>>>> Egyptian Goose.
>>>>> Meanwhile Dale and I have been docents at Safari for about 15 years
>>>>> and I can’t remember them not having Egyptian geese. Dan Brands the
>>>>> current animal curator at Safari might be able to give you more
>>>>> information.
>>>>> Elva Paulson
>>>>> On Jan 12, 2021, at 2:53 PM, Matthew G Hunter <
>>>>> <matthewghunter...> wrote:
>>>>> Hi Folks,
>>>>> I'm working on a book on the birds of the Umpqua Basin. One of the
>>>>> odd pieces of bird history here in the Umpqua Valley is that a few decades
>>>>> ago there were a few Egyptian Geese flying around the valley, often seen at
>>>>> the Stewart Park Nature Area ponds. I don't recall if they had flown up
>>>>> from Wildlife Safari or if someone dropped them off there. I think it was
>>>>> the former. In any case, if anyone recalls the history of Egyptian Geese at
>>>>> Wildlife Safari and/or the Umpqua Basin, I'd be interested in hearing. How
>>>>> far back do you recall the geese being around? How long have they been at
>>>>> the safari? Were they originally not wing-clipped? Did that change at some
>>>>> point? When did they stop showing up around the valleys?
>>>>> :-)
>>>>> Matt Hunter
>>>>> <>

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