Identifying a Cackling Goose is Far from a Trivial Pursuit

Identifying a Cackling Goose is Far from a Trivial Pursuit

I needed a cackler for my 2018 year list and it seemed a lock since a few birds had been reported online. As much as eBird and social media have transformed birding, it’s still challenging to pull up to a hotspot and expect to find the bird. Calumet Park, for example, is made up of 199 acres and there were bound to be many nearly identical Canada Geese present.

Need some Birdy Reading this Winter?

Need some Birdy Reading this Winter?

Check out COS board member, Stephanie Beilke’s recommended reading! Stephanie is a Conservation Science Associate with Audubon Great Lakes. She leads marsh bird monitoring to inform conservation in the Chicago area and Indiana. She also volunteers with the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors.