Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
A molting flock of approximately 300 Canada geese (Branta canadensis) at Fools Inlet was monitored weekly. Flightless Canada geese on water or in the intertidal zone fled into the forest when approached by observers in a boat. Similar behavior by flightless Vancouver Canada geese was observed in Adams Inlet in 1973 by Ratti et al. (1977). The authors recommended that human disturbance on Admiralty Island should be monitored and limited in some areas. Tiedeman Island (an island in the Admiralty Island complex) has an important concentration of breeding Canada geese and should also be considered in any management plan that would deal with the impact of human recreation. Known molting sites, such as Fools Inlet and Adams Inlet should be protected from human disturbance during the molting period; elsewhere human disturbance resulted in desertion by molting Canada geese (Sterling and Dzubin 1967).