Secret Lives of Wild Canada Geese

A true love story in their hidden paradise

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Pub Date 18 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 11 Aug 2022
Bijou Publishing, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles

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Description

A true-life love story of a mated pair of Canada geese and their goslings

This remarkable, heart-warming saga showcases a committed and protective mated pair of Canada geese who decided to nest in a corporate courtyard in California. Author Barbara Klide and her business colleagues shared the honor of watching Hawkeye, Mother Goose, and their baby goslings for five months in consecutive years.

With no body of water available, the fully enclosed soccer field-sized expanse offered the Canada geese a unique and sometimes challenging paradise. It allowed staff full observation, interaction, entertainment, and occasional worry while the geese warded off predators and ultimately thrived, nested, and hatched their goslings.

Through real-life stories and stunning photography, these dynamic life cycle events deliver insights, and promote appreciation and awareness of the natural world we share with Canada geese.

For teens, adults, and families, this journey of smart and elegant creatures is also packed with researched, educational facts, and in-depth resources about Canada geese for further study and enjoyment from the National Geographic, National Audubon Society, and California Rice Commission.

A true-life love story of a mated pair of Canada geese and their goslings

This remarkable, heart-warming saga showcases a committed and protective mated pair of Canada geese who decided to nest in a...


A Note From the Publisher

ISBN 9781736547540 – hard cover
ISBN 9781736547533 – ebook

ISBN 9781736547540 – hard cover
ISBN 9781736547533 – ebook


Advance Praise

“…Many full-color photographs…add to the vitality of a warm story likely to appeal both to adults and children...enjoyable primer on Canada geese behavior and characteristics.”
Kirkus Reviews

“You and the people in the complex had a great opportunity to view and really connect to the geese raising a brood with all their difficulties. Having this experience makes people, young and old, more concerned for conserving habitat for the various birds, mammals, and insects that inhabit our earth. I commend you for your writing.”
—Bill Bianco, President, Sacramento Audubon Society

“I love the story. Thank you so much for all you do for the very precious and beloved Canada geese. By all estimates, Canada geese may do more to perpetuate our life supporting biosphere than humans do. Best of luck with this book.”
—Dr. Lorin Lindner, PhD, MPH, Co-Founder and President Wolves and

Warriors (as seen on Animal Planet), Lockwood Animal Rescue Center

“…Many full-color photographs…add to the vitality of a warm story likely to appeal both to adults and children...enjoyable primer on Canada geese behavior and characteristics.”
Kirkus Reviews

“You and...


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Strong social media campaign

Nature and wildlife bloggers

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Featured Reviews

Have you ever noticed a family of geese waddling around your local park or pond, cute little yellow fluffballs hurrying behind? Perhaps they've taken up residence in a creek behind your house, or a field by a schoolyard. For author Barbara Klide, two wild Canada geese decided to make a nest in the courtyard of her office park, and the beginnings of "Secret Lives of Wild Canada Geese" took flight.

At first glance, "Secret Lives of Wild Canada Geese" looks like a surprisingly long book, but not to worry. The pages are filled with large, colorful photos taken by Klide as she and her fellow office co-workers and staff eagerly looked out their windows each day to see how their family of geese was doing. Klide narrates that the office park she worked at had an enclosed courtyard with plenty of trees and fresh green grass. This seemed to be sufficient for a pair of Canada geese, quickly dubbed Hawkeye and Mother Goose by the office workers, who claimed the park as their own and settled down to lay and hatch their eggs.

Klide brings the two years the geese lived in the office courtyard to brilliant life; each chapter is a little vignette anywhere from a couple of paragraphs to several pages long that meshes some scientific facts about Canada geese with lively prose about the fluffy goslings and protective parents waddling around in the place they decided to call home. One can almost hear the honks in the air and see loose feathers floating across one’s vision while reading along. This is not a dry, scientific book about geese, nor is it a picture book for children; it is more of a storybook for adults who want something lighthearted but realistic to read. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about the famed Canada goose or who simply wants a break from their own day-to-day life.

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I read this sweet book as I’m watching the Canada geese in my neighborhood raising their little ones. I find myself engrossed in watching the changes each day, and easily disappeared into reading about the workers in a corporate office doing the same with their local geese.

The writing is easy to follow, and truly comes to life paired with the generous amount of beautiful photos. I enjoyed this book quite a bit!

My thanks to NetGalley and Bijou Publishing for access to a digital ARC.

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