It's 6am at Binder Lake in Jefferson City. On any other morning, you'd enjoy a calm, quiet sunrise... but not today.
The Missouri Department of Conservation, along with volunteers of every age, helped wrangle giant Canada geese for research. These geese were once considered extinct in the United States. Now, conservationists are helping to keep the population alive.
The geese are first steered to a pen by a few fishing boats. Then, the geese are given leg bands and have their sex and age recorded.
Conservationists are able to use this information to track geese populations and survival rates. The info also guides how conservation agencies regulate hunting seasons.
Besides research, this wild goose chase is a chance for people of all ages to learn about Missouri wildlife.