Full of Memories: Aleutian Canada Goose Project
This arm patch evokes fond memories of summers spent in the westernmost reaches of Alaska's Aleutian Islands in the initial years (1973-1976) of a multi-year effort sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore populations of the then-endangered Aleutian Canada Goose, now considered a subspecies of the Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia). My activities involved baby-sitting captive-raised birds prior to their reintroduction to former nesting islands, trapping and removal of introduced Arctic Foxes (a major predator), and capture and banding of adults and goslings at Buldir Island (the last known nesting island) in an effort to determine their wintering grounds, which were then unknown. Originally listed as Endangered in 1967, it was downlisted to Threatened in 1990 and delisted in 2001. And yes, thanks to the efforts of many people, Leucopareia Lives!