About the Series
This is the true life saga about a mated pair of Canada Geese who decided to nest three years in a row in a business courtyard. With no body of water and the size of a soccer field, the courtyard is also fully enclosed so when the parents molt, they cannot leave nor can their babies without first growing flying feathers.
I welcome you to come along with me and enjoy this beautiful journey where I had the honor of watching and interacting with Mother Goose, Hawkeye, and their babies for five months in each of three years in a row. Ultimately, I found myself falling head over heels for these smart and elegant creatures. The experience was nothing short of breathtaking.
Each of the books is packed with beautiful photographs and is thoroughly researched with educational references, explaining what the geese did to survive and thrive in their little paradise. Three books comprise the trilogy compendium about Canada Geese.
I am currently in the process of writing Volume III.
Volume I Synopsis: Along Came Ryan…the Little (Gosling) King
This first book in the trilogy is a charming slice of life—a compilation of events and photos about a beautiful pair of noble, sensitive, caring, and immensely lovable Canada Geese and their single golden gosling, Ryan, who survived a frightening raid by a hawk. It is a terrific story for teens, adults, and nature lovers of all ages.
The first year, Mother Goose and Hawkeye’s nest was attacked by a hawk destroying all but one egg. The hawk had a nest of her own hungry babies outside of the courtyard, so we saw firsthand the harsh realities of the animal kingdom.
The single gosling that hatched thrived, and was named by one of the business workers, “Ryan Gosling”. It was silly, fun, and it stuck, so Ryan became the name used in my book series titles.
This true story covers the months from nesting to hatching and beyond where the geese taught people about friendship, family, tolerance, war, survival and the simple joys of life.
Come and join the fun, and watch the Gosling Ryan learn to fly and swim in a donated kiddie pool that will melt your heart. Learn what happened to the parents when they molted, how the Gosling Ryan grew into a juvenile, and how we worried as he left at last, and where he went.
What people have said:
Lizza F Manila, Philippines: “A must read!...This book magically brings out the realization for every reader that everything is created for a purpose…”
Sakira (4 years old), Cameron Park, CA: “I need to see Ryan. I need to hug him…”
Susan M., Cape Cod, MA: “…We loved the photos, especially Abbey Road and we learned some things we never knew about these geese, like the name is actually Canada Geese, and the amazing fact of the ability of an egg to “talk to the parents”!!! It's easy to understand why people repeatedly forgot to swipe their badges to rush and see the goings on...so funny!!”
Volume II Synopsis: Along Came Ryan…the Little Gosling King, Volume II, The Return of the Geese
The following year, a mated pair of Canada Geese returned to the business courtyard, but were they the same mated pair from the previous year? After carefully reviewing hundreds of photos, I determined they definitely were. Learn the fascinating details of that research and the geese’s distinctive characteristics which sealed the deal.
Again, we watched as the resident hawk returned to the courtyard and caused havoc. We also witnessed the parents take a Zen approach to life and carry on. How could anyone not learn huge life lessons observing this remarkable mated pair of Canada Geese?
This particular incident prompted the building and delivery of a goose house by a benevolent donor. For many months I did not know who this person was.
Finally, how and when the geese left the courtyard and what happened next was part of the suspenseful unknown that unfolds every year. Find out the details of the poignant farewell in the pages of this book with glorious color photos.
What people have said:
Alan K., Oxford, PA - I couldn’t put it down; it’s terrific and then dove into the second book; I again had to read the whole thing!
Wende H, Pflugerville, TX: “I was enchanted by your book! The love and caring you and your fellow workers showed was awesome.”
Helga E, San Francisco, CA: “The book is absolutely delightful and a pleasure to read.”
Volume III: Along Came Ryan…the Little Gosling King, Volume III, Free the Geese
Take a peek inside some of the chapters…
Once again we waited. It had been just over six months since we’d last seen them. The lifespan of Canada geese is 10-24 years, and we had already learned from the past two years that they are philopatric, derived from the Greek “home loving” or returning to the same site. That meant that the mated pair of Canada geese may return and could visit our enclosed business courtyard for many more years to come.
We were not sure how old they were when they first arrived two years ago, but we suspected that it was the first time they had nested together. Expectations began to run high as we noticed an occasional pair of geese and wedge of geese or geese in V formation frequently flying above.
We were two weeks into the third year. A cold rain was pouring down non-stop when our friends finally appeared and it was nothing short of magical...
…We still had no hatched goslings, but workers had appeared early in the morning before I arrived and placed a fence around Mother Goose. There was room around her, but this was not a good development in my mind. The fence was made of soft black plastic with white metal posts stuck deep in the ground. On a narrow strip of concrete behind her that ran the length of the courtyard as well as the length of the glassed-in corridor, two strips of steel were bolted to the ground. That’s where the fence was immovably affixed.
Mother Goose was unhappy and it was reported to me that she hissed the entire time of construction. The workers were just following orders, I was told. The geese make a tremendous mess, but the grounds had been kept pristine last year and the year before, so why couldn’t they do the same this year?
These are good people and their actions were based on good intentions to ensure the courtyard remained sanitary and pleasant for staff to walk around on their breaks, and yet all the people who saw Mother Goose fenced in knew, this was more than an injustice, even though they knew she could readily fly out. I couldn’t stand back and accept this situation.
First, Canada Geese are federally protected: It is illegal to harm geese, their eggs, or their nests in the United States. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act protects both resident and migratory Canada geese in all four international treaties. This would include our geese. That is reason enough to remove the fencing…
… By Tuesday morning, one of the goslings had slipped underneath the fence, and all hell broke loose as the parents honked wildly not able to help. I happened to be outside and had trouble catching the gosling, besides the parents did not want me to do so determining that I could be a threat to their baby…
… I knew that none of the family members could fly; the babies had not yet finished growing their flying feathers and the parents had begun to molt. Since there was no good reason for the parents to leave the babies, it was clear that wherever they went, they had to waddle there together—no doubt an adorable sight to see.
I had previously seen a general reference map of the land on which our data center sat which is massive, and it appeared the local golf course was many large roads away. While we’ve all seen geese crossing roads, this journey would be dangerous for the geese to travel. It still bothered me that they couldn’t possibly have gone very far, but I knew not where. I lay awake at night contemplating this when it occurred to me that I needed to pull up a satellite map. I was glad for the instant feeling of hope this idea bestowed, and slept well.“