Canada geese have been lounging around the edge of the retention pond in front of the South Slope Telecommunications building in North Liberty recently. Hundreds of geese have been making a stop on the pond and its surrounding walking path, in no hurry to make it to their southern destination because Iowa’s winter has been so mild thus far. According to Joe Wilkinson of the Iowa Department of Natural Resource’s Communications Bureau, the geese that are sticking around Iowa are likely coming from a more northerly locale, and will generally fly only as far south as they must in order to find exposed vegetation and open water. Geese eat grasses and waste grain from field harvests, and spend their nights on open water where they are safe from land predators.
“They would be wasting their energy to go farther south if they can get it here,” Wilkinson said. “If we would get a blizzard, they would push south.”
South Slope employees had their own theories about why the geese congregated at the pond, however.
Special Projects Coordinator, Al Gessner said they are “flocking to South Slope for the best deals in communications.” Brian McCubbin in facility maintenance stated, “Not only are the geese nice to look at, they have probably cut our fertilizer cost in half.” Krystin Erenberger in accounting thinks the geese are just “wading” around for the snow to fly, but Sean Maher in Business Relations thinks the birds were all using South Slope’s free wi-fi to do their “tweeting.”