For Iowaâ€™s homegrown Canada goose flock, the hatch is on. Weather-wise, itâ€™s been a tough spring, and wildlife biologists are predicting an overall downturn in this yearâ€™s statewide goose production. The culprit, they say, is recent widespread flooding that destroyed large numbers of Canada goose nests.
â€œThis spring, we received some very untimely rains that will certainly have a negative impact on this yearâ€™s goose hatch,â€ said DNR Waterfowl Biologist, Guy Zenner. â€œWhatâ€™s really unfortunate is that the heavy rains and flooding occurred just a week before the peak hatch. If those rains would have held off for just a few days it would have given most birds time to hatch. The flooding would not have had near the impact on hatched goslings.â€