Wildlife Rehabilitation: From Rescue to Release

Wildlife Rehabilitation: From Rescue to Release

S3E5 Tim Jasinski On Wild Fostering Of Goslings

March 07, 2024

In episode 5, Gail welcomes back a familiar face --Tim Jasinski, a wildlife rehabilitation specialist at Lake Erie Nature and Science Center in Bay Village, Ohio. Tim originally appeared on the podcast in Season 1, Episode 19 to discuss one of his passions in wildlife rehabilitation, the Timberdoodle. That first interview with Tim and Gail is well worth going back to take a listen! 

In this episode, Tim brings with him yet another area of expertise -- wild fostering of the Canada Goose. Not all wildlife rehabilitators enjoy taking on these noisy, poop-happy aquatic birds, but Tim loves them! We've divided Gail and Tim's talk into two parts. In Part 1, Tim revisits his path into wildlife rehabilitation, which started as a job at a pet store and a passion for animals. They later get into why the Canada Goose is Tim's favorite bird, the pros and cons of fostering goslings, natural history of the Canada Goose, gender distinctions in geese, a bit on goose eggs, and interpreting goose behaviors. 

Next episode in Part 2, Tim and Gail talk about the importance of avoiding geese misimprinting on humans and related techniques, some basics on husbandry while fostering goslings, obtaining proper permission for placing fostered geese on private property and public parks, why geese sometimes can't fly, and more!

Special thanks to Partners For Wildlife and The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Our executive producer and host is Gail Buhl. Our producer is Kirk Klocke.

To learn more about The Raptor Center, visit Homepage | The Raptor Center (umn.edu). For more on Partners for Wildlife, visit Partners for Wildlife Home | The Raptor Center (umn.edu).