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Geese released after cleanup from Kalamazoo River oil spill

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The geese release at the Allegan State Game Area on 09/17/10.

ALLEGAN STATE GAME AREA, Mich. (WZZM)- A dozen Canada geese rescued from the Kalamazoo River oil spill all have new homes.  Workers from the Michigan DNR released the birds Tuesday morning in the Allegan State Game Area.  Shortly after the spill on July 26th, the geese were cleaned by an environmental group called Focus Wildlife. 

Wildlife Technician Mark Mills says, "It's almost 600 acres of refuge that's a good watered area where the geese can be released and stick around in.  There's enough food and vegetation here for them to feed off of.  So it's a good secluded area that hopefully they'll be happy in."

Like other waterfowl recovered from the oil spill and later released, the geese will have an aluminum green leg band to identify them as oil spill birds.

By Jeff White

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