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Illinois Department of Natural Resources
November 2021
November 23, 2021
Photo by Herbert Aust.

Illinois Wildlife Q&A Video: Goose Banding

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By Kathy Andrews Wright

Film Date:

June & July, 2021

Speaker:

Randy Smith, Wetland Wildlife Program Manager, Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Produced by:

Kathy Andrews Wright, Rick Wright, Sarah Marjanovic, Uros Marjanovic and Laura Kammin.

Edited by:

Sarah Marjanovic 

Questions received in advance of the conversation are listed below, with the time noted should you desire to fast-forward to a topic of interest.

0:16 Introduction of Randy Smith

0:22 Description of the timing of the goose round-up and why it takes place when it does.

1:47 Where in Illinois does goose banding take place?

2:23 What is the process for capturing geese?

5:55 Description of the bands, both in composition and numbering.

6:56 What is the process for reporting recovered bands?

9:11 What is the goal for the number of geese banded annually?

10:28 What is the history of the Illinois goose banding project?

11:37 What have we learned from the research that has been taking place related to the goose banding project?

14:14 What has the goose banding project told us about the Illinois goose population?

If you are interested in viewing the text alternative for the video click the CC option at the lower margin of the video.


Kathy Andrews Wright is retired from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources where she was editor of Outdoor Illinois magazine. She is currently the editor of Outdoor Illinois Wildlife Journal and Illinois Audubon magazine.

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