(Photo courtesy of Judy Markl, Minnesota DNR)
This week’s strong southerly winds and mild temperatures pushed thousands of Canada, White-fronted and Snow geese into Minnesota.
On Sunday and Monday in the southwest part of the state, the honking of northbound geese could be heard occasionally throughout the night. About 5,000 geese arrived this week at the Talcott Lake Wildlife Management Area near Worthington, said Judy Markl, an assistant wildlife manager for the state Department of Natural Resources.
About 100 miles north of Talcott, some 75,000 geese are at the Lac qui Parle management area. Although some arrived this week, most have spent the entire winter there. Usually a blizzard blows them south, but this year’s mild temperatures allowed the geese to stay through the coldest stretches.