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Father Goose

by William Lishman

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Featured on an enormously popular 20/20 segment, this heartwarming story tells of William Lishman, a reclusive sculptor, who adopted a gaggle of geese, flew with them in an ultralight glider, and actually taught them to migrate--earning himself the nickname "Father Goose." inspiration for the movie Fly Away Home.. 66 color photos.
Operation Migration, a heroic attempt to save the endangered whooping crane and trumpeter swan, was featured in the book Wild Ones, which is all about wildlife and environmental conservation. This book, the memoir of one of the key members of Operation Migration, is mentioned there
  MasseyLibrary | Mar 13, 2018 |
William Lishman is something of a renaissance man. He is a renowned sculptor, a pilot, a devoted husband and father and generally good with engines and machines. On top of that he can write pretty well.

As a pilot of an ultralight airplane Lishman fell in love with flying with birds. He conceived an idea to lead a flock of Canadian geese from southern Ontario to a place that they could overwinter. This book tells of the trials, tribulations and, yes, triumphs of achieving that goal. There are some wonderful photographs taken by Lishman and his crew as they and the birds fly south. This wasn't just an ego trip for Lishman; there was a scientific reason for teaching birds to follow an aircraft. Migratory birds such as Whooping Cranes and Trumpeter Swans had decreased in numbers to the point where the species were at risk of extinction. Lishman's concept allowed others to continue working with these species. Operation Migration, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting Whooping Cranes in the Eastern US, just reported that nine whooping cranes were spotted in Indiana.

Lishman still flies and helps with migratory birds according to his website. He also still does some amazing sculptures including an iceberg sculpture for the Museum of Man which was installed in 2015. ( )
  gypsysmom | Feb 27, 2017 |
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This is Bill Lishman's account of his successful modification of the migratory pattern of the Canada goose.

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