Geese - Varmints! - 106


Hey you silly geese! Paul and Donna are here to talk about the fascinating, misunderstood lives of another one of our feathered friends!

But first, the news!

The state of Michigan is using man’s best friend to clean up a messy problem on Belle Isle! Courtesy of

Look at those border collies go! They are having a blast and the ducks are unharmed. It’s a win-win. Courtesy of YouTube user Goodbye Geese. You can learn more about what they do at their website.

There are some really cool physics and aerodynamics and math behind those V-formations! Read all about it here at!

On the road again! Or in the air again. Whichever you prefer.

Geese mouths. Super handy for the goose. Super terrifying to look at. You can read all about those spiky things here. Courtesy of


Are city geese smarter than country geese? Read this interesting article at!

Aesop’s fables have been around longer than parts of the Bible! There’s a lovely collection here at the Library of Congress.

Mother Goose fairy tales! Always a classic.

Click on this sentence! Thanks to Project Gutenberg all of the Mother Goose tales are free for download! 

Geese get a bad rap for their aggressive nature. We say give them a break. They’re just being geese. Courtesy of

If there are no nests or babies involved, Canada geese can be very pleasant.

Tired of pulling weeds? Get some weeder geese! Courtesy of!


Now you know a little more about geese than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at! We might even read your email on the show.

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About our voice actors:
Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live.
Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than.
Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast.
Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1)
Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit.
Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty,
and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.