Whether changes in migration are caused by mild winters, land use practices, or interactions with resident goose populations, the “short-stopping” of geese in northern parts of the flyway is an issue that needs to be further researched. With support and funding from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and local sponsors such as SC Delta Waterfowl, SC Ducks, private landowners, local refuge volunteers, the Beach Company, and State Farm Insurance Company, Clemson University was able to begin research of the resident and migrant geese on the Santee National Wildlife Refuge. These organizations and sponsors have provided the project with funding for equipment such as telemetry backpack units, plastic neck collars, and field vehicles, as well as funds for the education of a graduate research student at Clemson University. Field research will begin in late October or early November when migrant birds start to arrive on the refuge.
Santee NWR Volunteers
State Farm Insurance Company