"It's noisy all night long," said Alice Connors of Cumberland Head, N.Y. "I don't know what they're talking about, but they have a lot to say."
Alice has been having trouble sleeping lately. The reason-- her noisy neighbors. Not the people neighbors, the transients that come through in the fall. Snow geese spend their summers on the Canadian tundra, then fly south in the fall stopping along the way where food is plentiful. And with agriculture, and in particular corn fields expanding in Clinton County, the snow geese are noticing the buffet is out on the New York side of Lake Champlain.
"We have some real nature lovers in this neighborhood, my neighbor right there is a real bird lover," Alice said. "But all of us are having trouble sleeping."
Alice appreciates the wildlife that greets her every morning from her lakefront home, even the huge flocks of snow geese. But she does worry about the water quality, both from the increase in agriculture in the area, and the feces from the tens of thousands of snow geese.
But soon it will be colder, and the corn in the field will be gone and the geese will move on.
"Well, I'll have something else to photograph, that's fine," Alice said.
And then maybe everyone in the "wild goose" neighborhood will get some sleep.
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