Geese Tell the Grim Tale: No Summer 2017


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Vermont Fish and Wildlife personnel, in conjunction with studies by The National Geese Federation and Goose International, have released this devastating update: there will be no summer in 2017.  “In the first three weeks of March, 2017 alone”, reports Edwin Featherstone, chief ornapranktologist for the New England Goose Council, “our spotters have counted over 12,345 geese flying south! At this time of year, they should be doing the complete opposite and fly west! These numbers just don’t fly.”

Geese flying South in Vermont

As disappointing as it sounds, it looks like 2017 could be a repeat of 1816 – the year with no summer. In that year, over hundreds of years ago, snow squalls continued late into June! (Editor’s Note: As this article goes to print, Vermont is being pummeled with over a foot of new snow.) On the one hand, while it is believable that the geese are sluggish to return to Canada – it is  Canada after all – given the recent flurry of snowstorms in March, it is starting to look like this “no summer” forecast will get legs and fly. At this point, all we can do is look up and hope to see those honkers going north!

 

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