It's spring because the University of Waterloo's Goose Watch map is back
It's the now the season that all University of Waterloo students know and fear.
Ruthless Canada geese are nesting along campus paths and in campus planters, incubating the next generation of honking, flapping, winged aggressors ready to conduct all-out assaults on unsuspecting young engineers and physics undergrads.
In other words, it's spring.
And so it begins... <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GooseWatch16?src=hash">#GooseWatch16</a>—@amyykd
Not even the safety of a car with a working horn will save you from the savagery, as Waterloo student Siddarth Verma found out last year in his encounter with the "Spawn of Satan" goose, which terrorized the university's Hagey Hall building.
And just like spring, the university's Goose Watch map is also back. The interactive, user-generated map helps students and faculty navigate their way through the campus, with a choice of three goose-avoidance levels.
Users can pick from three comfort levels:
- I'm comfortable near nests.
- I'm cautious
- I want to keep my distance.
And can also submit nest locations with photos.
Spotted! A pair of geese living around ML. Submit nest sightings to <a href="https://t.co/KAk6n6QJVN">https://t.co/KAk6n6QJVN</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GooseWatch16?src=hash">#GooseWatch16</a> <a href="https://t.co/BOqSh0bU9y">pic.twitter.com/BOqSh0bU9y</a>—@UWaterlooLife
Guess who likes <a href="https://twitter.com/ConradGrebel">@ConradGrebel</a>! Be careful on the lower entrance path as the male mate is guarding. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GooseWatch16?src=hash">#GooseWatch16</a> <a href="https://t.co/I6RqI0eXf2">pic.twitter.com/I6RqI0eXf2</a>—@UWMusicDept
And just in case you need to venture out into the wild jungle to get to class, the university offers a helpful video, complete with an 80s synth drum tune soundtrack, with instructions on how to avoid the geese and what to do if one starts to approach.