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Vidalia Campus
Library: Room 143, Administration Building, 912-538-3132
Monday & Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Computer Lab: Room 803, Gillis Building
Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Swainsboro Campus
Room 2301, Instructional Building
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
478-289-2322

All campus libraries are closed between semesters.

Text Us @ 912-388-0343

For more information:

Jane Summey
Director of Library Services
Swainsboro Campus: Monday, Tuesday
Vidalia Campus: Wednesday, Thursday
(912) 538-3209
jsummey@southeasterntech.edu

Leah Dasher
Librarian
Vidalia Campus
(912) 538-3186
ldasher@southeasterntech.edu

Melany Bowen
Assistant Librarian, Evening
Vidalia Campus
(912)538-3132
mbowen@southeasterntech.edu

Cassandra Hall
Assistant Librarian, Day
Swainsboro Campus
(478) 289-2322
chall@southeasterntech.edu

Kaye Wickstrom
Assistant Librarian, Evening
Swainsboro Campus
(478) 289-2322
kwickstrom@southeasterntech.edu

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STC Students Aid DNR in Geese Relocation

July 3, 2013 - Geese have become something of a fixture at Southeastern Technical College, making a home on the Vidalia campus’s pond, but every year the geese’s numbers grow from fixture to nuisance, and the birds get taken on their own summer vacation from school.

This year, STC’s Fish and Wildlife Management (FWM) program aided the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and US Department of Agriculture Wildlife Division (USDA) in removing 168 Canada Geese from the Vidalia campus pond on June 25.

“FWM students frequently participate in DNR projects,” said Jill Lehman, FWM program head. “Six FWM students participated in this goose relocation project.”

With people stationed around the pond, the team herded the geese together in the water and a small boat pushed the group towards the corral set up behind the college’s main building. Once the geese hit land, it was a mad dash as the students, their instructor and DNR and USDA workers all spread their arms and closed on the geese, funneling the land-bound birds into the corral.

“After nesting, geese undergo an annual molt: a four-to-five week flightless period when they shed and re-grow their outer wing feathers,” said Lehman. “Since the geese are flightless, agencies can corral the geese.”

Once contained, the geese were carefully sexed and banded, to aid in the tracking and maintenance of the state’s Canada Goose population. The entire process took nearly four hours, and once it was done, the geese were shipped off to northwest Georgia.

After restocking the goose population in the 70s and 80s, the DNR has had to carefully monitor the birds, as they took to the environment so well that overpopulation became a problem in some areas. A harvest season was established to help control the population, which is currently estimated at around 45,000 across the state.

To learn more about job opportunities with DNR and the FWM program, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.

DNR workers monitor the 100-plus Canada Geese corralled at STC-Vidalia’s pond on June 25.