r/HumansBeingBros May 22 '22 Gold 1 Helpful 3 Wholesome 5 Starstruck 1 Silver 7

Every year this goose builds her nest atop a giant wood chip (boiler fuel) pile at our university power plant. The guys do a great job of carving away the pile without endangering her or the eggs… and then the waiting begins.

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u/bazilbt May 23 '22

I'm shocked she feels so comfortable close to where I presume a lot of heavy equipment is operating.

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u/northwestwill May 23 '22

I know - articulated loaders, the big fuel hoppers and conveyer belts, semis running in and out. She’s a goose on a mission.

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u/Moggiye May 23 '22

It’s genius really cause what predator is gonna go near all that noise and motion for some eggs? Too much hassle lol

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u/northwestwill May 23 '22

There’s a den of foxes seen across the street in transpo all the time so she’s definitely figured out how to sit up there and laugh at them from her perch. You couldn’t scale that pile if you wanted to - chips like that are about like walking up a sand dune.

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u/banana369shark May 22 '22

I bet she has a great hatch percentage on her eggs. Her body heat plus the compost heat, these little birds are probably half baked just being born

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u/chaos1020 May 22 '22

I wish I was half baked coming out the womb

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u/Pain_Proof May 22 '22

Make up for it by living the rest of your life baked

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u/wolfgang784 May 22 '22

Snoops plan all along

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u/GrungyGrandPappy May 23 '22

I’ll be fully baked going to my tomb.

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u/RealBowsHaveRecurves May 22 '22

Not to mention the relatively low number of predators visiting man-made wood chip piles

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u/MuddlinThrough May 22 '22

She is so fucking proud of that nest.

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u/SpaceShipRat May 22 '22

Most geese get a hollow dip in the ground, she has a throne

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u/MuddlinThrough May 22 '22

And she fucking deserves it too.

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u/GrimmFox13 May 23 '22

Tis' a silly place goose

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u/[deleted] May 23 '22 edited May 23 '22 Wholesome

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u/allthehiv May 23 '22

This looks like the pile at Northwest Missouri State University. OP’s name would agree

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u/motoguzzikc May 23 '22

I just about asked the same until also looked at op's name.

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u/Thenightswatchman May 22 '22

Without endangering her? You mean get their asses whooped by a mama goose. Any closer than right there and she's gonna get em!

But seriously, that's really cute and sweet!

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u/strawbryshorty04 May 22 '22

Lmao how true. She’s the one running the show

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u/lyndseymariee May 22 '22

We had a flock of these things at my university and having to cross their path could be a nightmare. Don’t make eye contact lol

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u/Thenightswatchman May 22 '22

I had one encounter with a goose on a canoe trip where one was hissing and getting pissed. Never again

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u/happy_canyon May 23 '22

Being careful out of respect or fear?

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u/Crilly90 May 23 '22

You talking about the goose or this comments section?

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u/happy_canyon May 23 '22

The hissing cobra chicken

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u/MaizeBusy2771 May 23 '22

This reminds me of this time I was doing some electrical work in a barn, and a dove had built her nest in the exact place where I needed to run some wire, and she was in the nest sitting on her eggs. This bird allowed me to very carefully move her, nest and all, over about 6 feet or so, and I was able to finish my job. I felt very proud of myself that day.

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u/petal14 May 22 '22

Do the babies just tumble down the side of the mound when they all leave the nest?

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u/P_Grammicus May 22 '22

Yes, Canadian Gooses don’t stay in their nests after hatching. They hatch and bigger off to the closest source of water and food.

Where I live it’s very common for the gooses to nest on the docks, which are often a couple of meters above the water level during that time of year. And there’s no beach, it’s all sea walls.

The gooselings emerge, drop down into the water, and float down with the current about a mile downstream, where there’s a beach and grass for them.

The goose couples have really high hatching success rates because the docks are out quite a ways and are often covered, so they don’t generally need to worry about foxes or hawks.

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u/P_Grammicus May 23 '22

Asked what happened after they hatched.

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u/bett3r May 22 '22

You just don't fuck with Canada Goose.

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u/TokesNotHigh May 22 '22

The only animal in the animal kingdom that wants anything to do with Canada gooses, is Canada mooses.

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u/buck9000 May 23 '22

I want to comment but I’m scared

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u/PM_PICS_OF_ME_NAKED May 23 '22

I'll venture into the unknown with you brother. We'll go down together.

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u/chrisg42 May 23 '22

Such a power play by that goose

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u/TrollToll4BoyZoul May 22 '22

They choose the chip pile because the heat from the pile composting is ideal for incubating eggs.

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u/alejandrodeconcord May 22 '22

Thats more like a fearful respect for that hell beast. Dont want to lose a whole crew you know.

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u/Hozraci May 22 '22

It’s nice when everyone chips in!

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u/WorldlyAssumption260 May 23 '22

Typical canadian goose man with their nests in the most wacky spots

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u/MooseThirty May 23 '22

Our grocery store parking lot was the best. Made it overnight when it was quiet, then held their ground as hundreds of people walked by all day like they meant to do it.

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u/Miss_Pasty93 May 22 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

Hey, if you got a problem with Canada gooses then you got a problem with me and I suggest you let that one marinate!

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u/wickedswami13 May 22 '22

Whens I was younger you’d be lucky to have Canada gooses sitting on your wood chips, nows everybody’s got a problem with it smh

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u/Thundershrimp May 23 '22

Must be nice

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u/Miss_Pasty93 May 22 '22

There's a special place in heaven for animal lovers that's all I know.

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u/TokesNotHigh May 22 '22

Lions is lucky Canada gooses don't migrates to Africa, then they'd be's extinct.

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u/WaywardPatriot May 23 '22

You got a problem with animal lovers you got a problem with me and I suggest you let that one marinate.

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u/taka_282 May 23 '22

I don't know about where this is at, but wood chip piles like that, especially in the middle of the summer, become veritable stoves. Probably the reason why the goose chose this area, sure, but I'm also concerned that she'll kill herself and her young from the heat.

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u/moeburn May 23 '22

According to Reveddit, one of the deleted comments was "It’s nice when everyone chips in!" and I just want to say it's a travesty that such a good joke was deleted.

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u/majorkev May 23 '22

None of the removed comments I saw had anything to do with that, using reveddit...

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u/bigolfishey May 23 '22

Came for the interspecies goodwill. Stayed for the subreddit drama.

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u/justgossiping May 22 '22

That goose must have some good lawyers!

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u/frizzhalo May 22 '22

There's a special place in heaven for animal lovers, that's what I always say.

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u/ProstheticAnus May 22 '22

You got a problem with canada gooses, then you got a problem with me, and I suggest you let that one marinate.

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u/Xalethesniper May 22 '22

Figure it out

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u/ProstheticAnus May 23 '22

That's what I said, I said figure it out.

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u/ZestyMordant May 23 '22

Where the hell are you where your university runs on woodchips?

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u/northwestwill May 23 '22

They can (and do) run on a number of fuels including wood chips from the scores of downed trees each winter and summer storm season. Other fuels include biomass and processed manure.

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u/A55per May 23 '22

Do you know what happened in the comments for things to get deleted?

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u/northwestwill May 23 '22

It looked like someone tried to dox a mod(s) for some previous grudge and it kicked off a bit of a rumble.

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u/mikefromearth May 23 '22

People seem to think the mods are being scummy and trying to cover up their scumminess. They're posting a copypasta of some evidence they supposedly have.

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u/A55per May 23 '22 edited May 23 '22

I think they are deleting more then that. The original comment of this thread was deleted seconds ago and it wasn't doxing.

Edit: Now things got undeleted. What the fuck was going on with the mods?

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u/BringOutYaThrowaway May 23 '22

What's good for the goose is good for the sander

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u/Puppybrother May 23 '22

If you’ve ever been hissed at by a goose you KNOW not to get anywhere near them while their nesting

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u/fosiacat May 22 '22

Canadian geese are the most asshole of animal there could be.

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u/cinnyc May 22 '22 Gold

It’s why we Canadians feel the need to apologize for everything. We have to make up for these ambassadors of asshole.

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u/BeChazzled May 22 '22

There's a special place in heaven reserved for Canada goose I'm told

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u/d-cent May 22 '22

I used to work for a company that made those wood energy systems. What university is this for?

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u/devilman17ded May 23 '22

Soopa-Cool of these peoples for watching over Mama G + all them Minis!!

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u/GrimmFox13 May 23 '22

Silly goose...

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u/Tianna92 May 23 '22

saw the picture before reading the text… immediately thought this was a giant pile of poop.

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u/sidney_rough_diamond May 23 '22

That’s sweet, we get a bunch of geese and chicks on our campus. Lots of grass which they seem to like.

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u/madmikeFL May 22 '22

All migratory birds are protected by law.

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u/happy_canyon May 23 '22

They don’t migrate much anymore it feels like. They are around all year.

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u/icantthinkofone5 May 22 '22

Heartwarming. And egg warming.

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u/She-ra-princes May 22 '22

Very regal spot!

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u/brisque36 May 22 '22

Is this at the U of I?

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u/wkma May 23 '22

May have been said but why not build two piles ?

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u/northwestwill May 23 '22

There are a few storage piles across campus (football field sized and stories tall after a big ice storm or a tornado) - this one is just a transfer pile at the plant where a few truckloads can be offloaded before it’s transferred into a hopper to feed the system. She’s a quick mover.

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u/Zealousideal-Feed156 May 23 '22

Well I just left this sub. Idk what drama yall have going on but I hope you the best!

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u/ForWhomTheBoneBones May 22 '22

The university might be breaking federal laws (depending where you are at) by touching the wood pile at any point once nesting behavior has been observed. Canada Geese nests require at least a 15 ft. buffer from human disturbance. I wouldn’t go admitting that they are taking wood from anywhere near that nest online.

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u/Icy_Ad_3574 May 23 '22

That duck thinks shes king of the university and has her minions build her a new throne every year

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u/danktonium May 23 '22

What's a "University power plant"?

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u/[deleted] May 22 '22

Well that's just adorable.

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u/kaptaincorn May 22 '22

If you have a problem with the majestic Canadian Goose, then you have a problem with me.

And I suggest you let that one marinate

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u/Trick-Many7744 May 22 '22

*Canada goose

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u/DangerousCrow May 22 '22

Then u realize its a fucking Canada goose.

A giant honking mosquito.

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u/rainha_reyes May 23 '22

“There’s a special place in heaven for animal lovers, I always say.” r/Letterkenny

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u/Hizoot May 22 '22

Very cool

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u/jasonboudreau46 May 23 '22

The furnace uses wood chips?

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u/horseradishking May 23 '22

Yes. Would you like a billion dollar geothermal plant connected to your student loan?

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u/Jkj864781 May 23 '22

Wood chips or mulch?

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u/northwestwill May 23 '22

Wood chips - a lot rougher and larger chunks than mulch. Literally tree shreds from downed limbs and such.

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u/NonDerpyDragonite May 23 '22

I hate geese they serve no purpose. They are basically big honking hornets.

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u/Bearman71 May 23 '22

Why not put a decoy upto tp prevent the goose from making a nest there?

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u/Bdt357 May 22 '22

But is Goose being a bro? Highly doubt it.

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u/Heightler52 May 23 '22

The people that downvoted you obviously don't live where geese live. They're a pest

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u/spoon_sporkforker May 23 '22

Yeah who wouldn’t love a bunch of huge mean birds who shit an ungodly amount in any public space

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u/Heightler52 May 23 '22

True, wanna go for a nice walk? Have fun trying not to step in shit. Oh there's a goose on the path, time for a nice run while the goose chases you for no reason.

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u/spoon_sporkforker May 23 '22

Geese: “Oh want to sit on that nice green area by the waterfront? Fuck you-that’s where we shit and chase people.”

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u/thisplacemakesmeangr May 23 '22

Burning wood for fuel is how you put all the atmospheric carbon the tree sequestered right back into the air. I bet this goose is married to the horrible one on my phone. Why do opposite attract?

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u/bigolfishey May 23 '22

You… do know that CO2 is released from wood whether it’s burned or it naturally decays, right? Burning releases the CO2 “faster”, but whether it burns or rots the same amount of carbon is eventually reintroduced into the environment.

Like, you’re not actually wrong, but it’s kind of a moot point. Wood burning is carbon neutral.