Friends of Goose Pond
Friends of Goose Pond (FoGP) was established to support the goals of wildlife conservation and habitat restoration at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area through environmental education, scientific research and recreational activities and programs.
We encourage you to browse our site, learn of our activities, and plan a visit to the area. We are pleased at the success the wetland restoration has achieved in such a short time and are encouraged at the abundance of bird and wildlife species that are using the area. Our activities include Marsh Madness scheduled for early spring in conjunction with the annual Sandhill Crane migration, Community Birding Days, Wildflower Walks, Dove Hunts, School Field Trips, Clean-up Days, a photo contest, hat sales and the annual Goose Pond Calendar.
Welcome to Friends of Goose Pond web site. We look forward to sharing our site and our treasure with you!
2015 Marsh Madness Festival
The 2015 Marsh Madness Sandhill Crane Festival will be held on March 6th and 7th.
The Marsh Madness planning committee is happy to announce that the keynote speaker at Friday's banquet will be Joe Duff.
Joseph Duff is Operation Migration Co-foundeer and C.E.O. Joe heads the team of pilots that annually lead a new generation of Whooping cranes on their1200+ mile migration from central Wisconsin to the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.
To address the problem of tameness in birds conditioned to follow aircraft, Duff worked with the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center to establish the innovative costume-rearing protocol used in a 1998 study. He developed the protocol for the preliminary Sandhill-crane study and for the current Whooping crane reintroduction project.
In early 2006 Duff led a team of pilots on an aerial survey conducted Arkansas and Louisiana in search of the elusive Ivory-billed woodpecker.
His personal aircraft went permanent display in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in 2008. In 2012 a second of Operation Migration's retired aircraft went on display at Conservation Station at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park in Florida.
Joe has developed a keen interest in the science of migration and crane behavior, and has accumulated more hours in flight alongside more species of birds than any other human.
Both a silent auction and live auctions will be held on the kickoff dinner.
The menu on Friday will be:
Parsley New Potatoes
Sheet Cake with icing
Cash bar, coffee, tea and lemonade
Hope to see you there!!
Joe's Ultralight used to guide birds in their migration. Currently on display at the National Air and Space Museum