Mother Goose: Biologist Imprints Herself on Twelve Goslings to Study Them Better

Posted on May 6, 2011

Jessica Meir Goslings

Biologist Jessica Meir at the University of British Columbia is the mother to a group of twelve goslings. Meir imprinted herself on the brood of twelve goslings. She has raised the goslings since birth. She is using the imprinting as a tool, so she can get closer to the birds and learn more about how the bar-headed geese are able to fly at such high altitudes. The bar-headed geese have been spotted flying above Mt. Everest.

The flight training is the coolest looking part of the research. Meir flight trains with the birds using a scooter. The geese fly right next to her while she rides the scooter. Take a look:

Photo: Jessica Meir, Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UCSD

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