FAIRBANKS - With spring around the corner, officials at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge have put out the welcome mat for the pending arrival of Canada geese.
The fields at the Fairbanks refuge have been cleared of snow in anticipation of the geese, even though it doesn't feel or look much like spring yet.
Refuge manager Laurie Boeck says she is driven by the calendar, not the thermometer, when it comes to deciding when to clear the fields.
According to three decades of statistics, April 3 is the earliest date the first geese have arrived.
The average date of their first arrival is April 13.
Next, members of the Borealis Kiwanis and Lathrop Key Club plan to spread barley for the birds Saturday morning.
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