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Canada geese in the Southern Crescent

The swan and Canada geese on the Clayton State University campus are accustom to pedestrian traffic. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

The swan and Canada geese on the Clayton State University campus are accustom to pedestrian traffic. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Goslings sift through freshly-cut grass at Clayton State University in search of grubs. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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A gaggle of Canada geese help watch over a couple handful of goslings roaming the Clayton State University campus. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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A natural oasis at the center of an asphalt jungle, this goose protects its nest inside a parking lot planter at Drew High School in Riverdale. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

JONESBORO — The goslings sifted through the lush grass with reckless abandon.

In search of grubs, a gaggle of Canada geese have made the Clayton State University campus home in Morrow.

The migratory fowl survived the harsh winter and are now settling in for a long summer.

“They’re highly adaptive,” said Robin Hill, spokeswoman for the Department of Natural Resources.

Hill said the geese make their home in many different environments near water sources, including in the Piedmont region of Georgia. And some reside in interesting locales like the goose who defends her nest inside a parking lot planter at Drew High School in Riverdale.

The mother goose protects the nest as other geese, humans and automobiles politely give her space.

This is the time of year Canada geese are nesting and rearing their young, said Hill, advising people should give the geese their space.

She said that, even as the birds have acclimated to life alongside humans and other native wildlife, Canada geese are a federally protected species and should be left alone, enjoyed at a distance as part of nature.