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Nesting geese take up residence at Rockford bank

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What's good for the goose, is good for the gander. But it might not be good for you.

Two Canada Geese are nesting now outside at Northwest Bank in Rockford, and bothering them could get you into trouble with the law.

"There's an international law, the migratory bird act, Canadian Geese are normally found up in Canada. We do have some permanent residents that have come here and stayed here, so they may not migrate but they are part of the migratory bird act." Mike Eickman, Vice President of the Sand Bluff Bird Observatory.

Canada Geese are a protected species, meaning you can't move them, or bother their nest. Even if you did try to move them, chances are the geese would just come back anyway.  

For Northwest Bank, this means their cranky new neighbors are there to stay.

"They were giving us, and our employees, and our team members and customers a hard time from time to time," says Kent Kohlbacher, Business Banking Senior Vice President for Northwest Bank.

The birds mate for life, and the male watches over the female as she sits on the nest.

"They're going to protect each other, they're going to keep everybody away from that nest, that's the reason why that bird happens to go after people," says Eickman. "Not that it's going to hurt them. He'll probably pinch them or he might flap them with his wings. But he wants to drive them away."

To keep this from happening, the bank built a fence, giving both humans, and geese, peace of mind.

"The next best step is just to let them have their space and once the eggs are hatched, we think they'll move on," says Eickman.

The only thing you can do is take preventative measure to keep geese from nesting, like building barricades. But if you already have a nest, it's already too late.

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