AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – University at Buffalo officials are warning students to avoid geese on the north campus, as they are more aggressive and territorial as a result of nesting season.
“They drive me crazy. They wake me up in the morning. At 3 a.m., I hear them squawking all around,” said UB sophomore Anna Kozlowski.
One goose in particular is nesting in the middle of the student walkway in the Fargo parking lot, and several students have been chased and nearly attacked.
“Sometimes it’s annoying. But sometimes when they chase people I think it’s funny,” UB freshman Ryan Godwin said. “This one, I’ve seen, chases people sometimes. So it’s been pretty crazy sometimes.”
“They start squawking at you, or generally acting aggressive,” UB sophomore Corey Klino said. “All I know is, don’t go anywhere near them.”
“I’ve had one bark at me,” UB senior Kathleen McKee said.
UB Campus Life sent out a warning to students to avoid the geese while they are more protective and territorial and prone to chase.
“Just with the nests coming up in certain areas, we wanted students to know to be aware of their environment; we want to be able to cohabitate with the geese. They’re protected,” said Victoria Hellman-Koester, assistant director of Residential Life.
Another reason UB officials sent out the email is under federal migratory law, it would be illegal for students to harm the geese or even move their nests.
“I’m definitely on their turf. Definitely 100 percent,” Kozlowski said.
That requires some students to get a little creative in order to avoid a “hissy fit.” But in the end, many of them see it as a just a funny quirk of going to UB.
“We have fun with it, the students. We take pictures of it. ‘Look out for the geese.’ And we post it on Twitter,” Klino said.
The geese have lived in the area for many years, but campus officials believe recent construction projects have them on the move, and finding new places to nest even closer to dorms.
To prove the geese are a big part of campus life at UB, search UB geese on Twitter. You will find photos and messages posted by students regarding the geese.