Friends of Goose Pond and AmazonSmile
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization (such as Friends of Goose Pond) every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.
Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.
You use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.
On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Friends of Goose Pond is in that list of charitable organizations. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.
You can change your charity any time. Your AmazonSmile purchases after the change count towards your newly selected charity. To change your charity, sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.”
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.
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!
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
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 the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in central Wisconsin to the St. Marks and Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuges 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