Students and faculty at Franklin College will soon start to study Canada geese in urban landscapes following a record-breaking research grant. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will fund the investigation to help the researchers from Franklin, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Ball State University. The four-year, $250,000 grant is funding Franklin College’s contribution to the study.
Each partner will study the management of Canada geese populations in urban settings across central Indiana. Associate professor of biology, Ben O’Neal serves as one of the principal investigators for the study and called Canada geese a “profound example of the complexity of our human interactions with nature.”
“Appropriate management of these beautiful, but contentious creatures necessitates deliberate, evidence-based decision making,” O’Neal said. “This study will help meet that need and also offer Franklin College students an opportunity to immerse themselves in the practical work of wildlife research and management.”