Benjamin Zack

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See photos from a real wild goose chase

On a warm spring morning, dozens of biologists and volunteers piled onto boats at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge to head out on a wild goose chase. Literally. For three weeks, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources captured thousands of Canada geese around the state. Biologists attach leg bands to the birds and release them again as part of a program to measure geese migration and better manage hunting seasons. In order to capture the birds, crews set out in small groups on airboats in the shallow impoundment ponds on the refuge. During May and June, Canada geese molt and are unable to fly while growing new feathers. As one person pilots the airboats toward the flightless birds, two more people lie on their stomachs and hang off the front of the boat where they scoop up geese while on the move. During the day at Bear River, more than 600 geese were captured and banded through this waterfowl rodeo. β€œThe reason that we band geese is to determine mortality rates and survival rates,” said Rich Hansen, who manages the capture operation. Any time a hunter shoots a goose with a leg band, they can load their location into an online database. From this, scientists get a better idea of where geese move throughout their lives and how long they live. Despite their name, only a few of the Canada geese in Utah end up in Canada. Many of them head south to California or Arizona, while 8,000 to 12,000 will stay in Utah year-round, according to Hansen.


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Go Skate Day in Ogden

Dozens of skaters gathered for Go Skate Day, the unofficial skateboarding holiday, on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Lorin Farr Skate Park.


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PHOTOS: Ogden Raptors win 2018 home opener

The Ogden Raptors defeated the Orem Owlz 7-2 in Ogden's home opener at Lindquist Field on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.


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New murals in the middle of Ogden's streets

More than 100 volunteers are painting murals in the middle of 25th Street near downtown Ogden as part of a city sponsored art project in the new Nine Rails Creative District.


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Friday at the Utah State Am golf tournament

The Utah State Amateur golf tournament returned to the Oakridge Country Club in Farmington on Friday, June 15, 2018.


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Riverdale landslide inches closer to homes

The Spring Creek Road landslide continues to grow in Riverdale. The landslide started in November and has shown no sign of stopping.


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PHOTOS: The Flaming Lips bring colorful concert to Ogden Twilight

The Flaming Lips kicked off the 2018 Ogden Twilight Concert Series with a show on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Ogden Amphitheater.


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Photos: Looking back at May

Photos: Looking back at May


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See photos from the 2018 Ogden Music Festival

The annual Ogden Music Festival returned to Fort Buenaventura for the 11th year on Friday, June 1, 2018.


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See photos from Clearfield's 2018 graduation

Students, staff, families and friends gathered for Clearfield High School's graduation ceremony at Weber State University on Friday, June 1, 2018.


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