Posted: Apr 27, 2013 9:32 PM by Mike Gurnett - MT FWP
Updated: Apr 28, 2013 8:34 AM
NEAR FAIRFIELD - Hundreds of thousands of snow geese stop at Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area each Spring to rest and refuel as the birds make their long migration from their wintering grounds in the Central Valley of California to their nesting areas in Canada's Western Arctic or Russia's Wrangel Island.
And at Freezout waiting for the birds and bird watchers is retired meteorologist Mike Schwitters, who said, "This whole thing keeps me coming back and I'll explain the white goose natural history with just visitors to the area as they are just sitting in their car or out of the vehicle."
Schwitters explained, "They are a very gregarious species. That is they like to hang together in big bunches. It is amazing that they do not collide. Back behind them is an eagle and that's the reason they are flushing right now. In fact there are two eagles back there. Three eagles now. Their way of surviving is to have these tens of thousands of pairs of eyes looking for things that might be a predator. This is wonderful. It's super."