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!
Whooping Crane Manners
With the adult population we have hosted this winter being well on their way north, I thought it a good time to talk about why we don’t talk about the presence of the Whooping Cranes or post any pictures while they are here.
As you see in the post from Operation Migration that follows, we do not want to divulge the exact location of the birds for their protection. Plain and simple, habituation to humans is the enemy of all wildlife, and the endangered status of the Whooping Crane makes it a prime target for larger numbers of visitors who do not always understand the dangers their behavior can often impose on the animals.
Whooping Crane Sighting Etiquette
We’ve been receiving a good number of public sightings over the past couple of weeks as introduced Whooping cranes in the Eastern Migratory Population (EMP) advance northward and return to their summer habitats. If you happen to spot a Whooping crane please use this link to report your sighting.
We thought it a good time to remind everyone of the recommended guidelines should you be fortunate enough to encounter a Whooping crane.
• To protect these two year old Whooping cranes we will not divulge the exact location of the sighting.
• We ask that you please do not approach them closely, even in a vehicle, to avoid habituating the birds to human presence. Habituation is one of the greatest dangers that whooping cranes face because it puts them at greater risk from vehicle collisions, predation, and illegal shooting.
• Please be respectful of the property of others and do not trespass.
The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership encourages birding listserv administrators and managers of social media page(s) to not release exact location information of Whooping cranes in the Eastern flyway. In an effort to protect these young and impressionable cranes, WCEP releases county level location information only.
American Birding Association Principles of Birding Ethics
So please understand that we do enjoy hearing what you have to say about the Whoopers, and we enjoy your photos – we just want to protect birds by following the guidelines as set forth by WCEP. Please understand that we know that most of our followers are responsible folks who understand what a blessing it is to host these magnificent birds.
I don’t enjoy being the Whooping Crane Police and removing your pictures and posts, but I hope you understand why it has to be done. I have sent a private message each time I have removed an item but have been told that the messages generally go into a different mailbox and are usually discovered only by accident. Please don’t be offended by the removal of a post.
It has taken a massive effort to bring these birds back from the brink of extinction – it has taken a village so to speak. Please join with us in protecting the birds and allowing them to enjoy the Goose Pond as much as we enjoy watching them.
FoGP Facebook Administrator
Marsh Madness Festival
Another successful Marsh Madness/ Sandhill Crane Festival weekend! The weather, the birds, the volunteers and the attendees all came together to make for a great event. Each year the Festival just keeps getting better. We had a wonderful start on Friday night with a dinner at the Elks for 170 people and an auction.. Saturday turned out to be a great day to get outside and see the birds and there were plenty of birds to see. Over 300 people took advantage of the scheduled tours, plus others that just went out on their own. Hundreds of people visited the Linton Park and it's various sites ranging from workshops and tours to the displays at the Roy Clark Building. A big thanks to all those that participated in any way. The planning has already started for 2015!
President, Friends of Goose Pond
Marsh Madness was brought to you by the Friends of Goose Pond in co-operation with the Carnegie Heritage and Art Center, The City of Linton, Sassafras Audubon Society, Greene County Daily World, Linton First United Methodist Church and the Indiana Department of Natural Resource – Division of Fish and Wildlife.