Transcript: Goose | Aug 09, 2021

(Gentle piano music plays)

A large road sign reads "York U., Keele Campus, the Pond Road."
The University building and some students appear. A quick clip shows a boot
stepping on a gray patch in the grass.

A Female Narrator says YORK UNIVERSITY, A BUSTLING
UNIVERSITY CAMPUS ATTENDED BY OVER
50,000 STUDENTS.
AND IT ALSO PLAYS HOST TO
A DARKER FORCE OF NATURE.
(Ominous music plays)

The shadow of a goose appears on a wet road.

The Narrator continues LIKE MANY SIMILAR URBAN
ENVIRONMENTS, YORK UNIVERSITY
IS INFESTED WITH POTENTIALLY
DANGEROUS PREDATORS WHO
MIGHT STRIKE AT ANY TIME.

A male student with a fringe beard says LIKE WE'RE ON THE BEACH
AND THEY'RE LIKE FEEDING THEM
AND ONE OF THEM GOT TOO
AGGRESSIVE AND TRIED TO
BITE MY FRIEND.

A red-haired female student says I JUST LIKE IGNORED IT,
AND IT KEPT COMING UP TO ME.
AND IT WAS GETTING
CLOSER AND CLOSER.

A male student with dark curly hair says ONE TIME I GOT CLOSE TO THEM
AND THE THING WAS LIKE "HAAA."

A caption reads "A York University student production presents GOOSE."
Giant Canada Geese appear on a stretch of grass in front of the University.

[geese honking]

A female ornithologist wint long, wavy red hair in her forties speaks. A caption
reads "Gail Fraser, Colonial Nesting Bird Specialist."

Gail says GEESE, LIKE MANY, MANY
BIRDS HAD VIRTUALLY GONE EXTINCT.
IN THE TURN OF THE 20th CENTURY
THEY WERE OVER-HUNTED, AND
THEN IN THE '40s AND '50s
PEOPLE MADE A CONCERTED EFFORT
TO RE-GROW THE POPULATIONS.
SO THEY DID CAPTIVE REARING
WHERE THEY GOT THE EGGS,
THEY HATCHED THE EGGS AND
TRIED TO RE-GROW THE POPULATIONS
AND RELEASING THE GEESE.
AND THEY WERE HIGHLY
SUCCESSFUL WITH DOING THAT.
SO, OVER TIME, THEY HAVE
STOPPED MIGRATING.
THE REASON THEY'RE ABLE
TO DO THAT IS BECAUSE OF
ANTHROPOGENIC SOURCES
OF FOOD AND OPEN WATER
WHERE WE'RE WARMING THE WATER
THAT'S KEEPING IT OPEN
FOR THEM TO EXIST
OVER THE WINTER TIME.
THAT'S ONE VERY DISTINCT
WAY HOW THEY'VE ADAPTED
TO LIVING WITH PEOPLE.
NOT NECESSARILY ALL
URBAN ENVIRONMENTS,
BUT THAT'S WHERE THEY
EXIST A LOT OF
BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE THE
OPEN WATER IS AND FOOD IS
IN THE WINTERTIME.

Geese walk around and swim in a pond in the University grounds.
(Dramatic music plays)

A male student with blond wavy hair speaks. A caption reads "Devon Mueller,
York University Student."

Devon says SO WE WERE BIKING,
AND I JUST LOOK ACROSS
THE RIVER AND ALL I SEE IS
A FAINT GOOSE JUST LIKE
FLAPPING ITS WINGS,
FLYING TOWARDS US.
AND I DIDN'T REALLY
THINK MUCH OF IT.
'CAUSE HE WAS COMING RIGHT
TOWARDS US, BUT I WAS LIKE
WHY WOULD HE POSSIBLY ATTACK?
WE HAVEN'T DONE
ANYTHING, RIGHT?
SO HE COMES AND STARTS
FREAKING OUT, MY MOM GETS OFF
HER BIKE, STARTS SCREAMING,
"HEY, HEY, HEY!" YOU KNOW
WHAT I MEAN?
AND ENDS UP FALLING
OVER A STUMP OF A TREE.
SO THEN THE GOOSE TURNS,
LOOKS AT ME, AND WAS LIKE
"OH, MY NEXT VICTIM," RIGHT.
SO HE STARTS CHASING ME.
I'M RUNNING IN THE FIELD.
I CAN FEEL HIS WINGS ON
THE BACK OF MY HEAD.
AND I DON'T KNOW HOW
LONG HE WAS CHASING ME.
(Dramatic music plays)

Devon continues NOW EVERY TIME I SEE A GOOSE
I'M A LITTLE BIT ON EDGE.
'CAUSE I DON'T KNOW
WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO.
THEY'RE REALLY UNPREDICTABLE
IN THAT SENSE.
STAY AWAY FROM THE
GEESE NEST, BECAUSE
THAT'S MOST LIKELY WHEN
THEY'RE GOING TO ATTACK.

A female student with shoulder-length auburn hair speaks. A caption reads "Leah
Holah, York University Student."

Leah says I WAS OUT WITH DINNER
WITH MY PARENTS,
AND IN THE PARKING LOT IN
THE MIDDLE OF THE PARKING
LOT THERE WAS A
GOOSE IN A NEST
THEY HAD APPARENTLY BUILT.
AND ANOTHER ONE WAS SORT OF
CIRCLING AROUND
HISSING AT PEOPLE
THAT WALKED BY.
WE GOT TO THE RESTAURANT
AND ON THE DOOR
THERE WAS A SIGN SAYING
THESE GEESE HAD MADE
THEIR NEST HERE
AND WILL NOT MOVE.
AND THE ONE WILL ATTACK YOU
IF YOU TRY AND GET CLOSE.
STAY AWAY... THEY'RE TAKING OVER.
IF WE KEEP SUBMITTING
TO THEIR WILL,
THEY'LL JUST KEEP
GOING HARDER AND FURTHER.
AND EVENTUALLY WE WON'T
BE SAFE ANYWHERE.

The Narrator says GRIM WORDS INDEED FROM
THE VICTIMS OF THE GEESE.
CAN THE WARNINGS BE TRUE?
IS THIS TO BE THE FATE OF
YORK UNIVERSITY AND
CAMPUSES ACROSS
CANADA LIKE IT?
BARREN, EMPTY,
STUDENTS HIDDEN
INDOORS FROM THE WRATH
OF THE DREADED GEESE.
OR IS THERE STILL HOPE?

Gail says I THINK GEESE IS AN
OPPORTUNITY TO APPRECIATE
THE MEGA-FAUNA THAT WE
HAVE IN NORTH AMERICA.
'CAUSE SO MUCH OF IT IS AWAY
IN NON-URBAN ENVIRONMENTS.
AND YET GEESE ARE ONE
OF THESE FEW OPPORTUNITIES
WHERE WE CAN JUST KIND
OF APPRECIATE WILDLIFE
IN AND AMONGST US.
I HAVE GREAT RESPECT
FOR ORGANISMS THAT ARE
ABLE TO CO-EVOLVE WITH US,
BECAUSE THE URBAN FOOTPRINT IS
A HUGE FOOTPRINT WHEN YOU
LOOK AT NORTH AMERICA.
AND SO WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL
THAT THERE ARE ORGANISMS LIKE
GEESE AND RACCOONS AND SQUIRRELS
THAT CAN CO-EXIST WITH US.
(Epic music plays)

A Canadian flag flies.
("Oh Canada" plays)

The Narrator says YORK UNIVERSITY... A
CAMPUS HOME TO STUDENTS AND GEESE.
BOTH ARE WILD, UNPREDICTABLE,
AND WISH TO GO ABOUT
THEIR LIVES PEACEFULLY.
THE SHARING OF THIS SPACE
AND MANY LIKE IT
CAN BE DIFFICULT, BUT THERE
IS HOPE FOR CO-EXISTENCE.
IF BOUNDARIES ARE RESPECTED
AND CAUTION IS TAKEN,
BOTH STUDENTS AND GEESE
WILL CONTINUE TO LEAD
PLEASANT LIVES IN HARMONY.

Over a triple panel depicting a combination of Nature and urban development,
the end credits roll.

Goose.

Claire Bosnich, Director.

Madison Ziebarth, Editor.

An extra special thanks to the geese of York University!

Watch: Goose