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Moore to speak on geese Thursday

The Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series will present William "Archie" Moore's "North Dakotan's Role in Saving the Giant and Aleutian Canada Geese" at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Barnes County Historical Society Museum. The museum is located at 315 Central Ave N., Valley City.

The last sighting of an Aleutian Canada goose was in 1947, and they were feared to be extinct. In the early 1960s, a few were identified on Buldir Island in the Aleutians, according to Moore. In 1963, 18 goslings were collected to start a captive breeding program.

The recovery program was headed by Forest Lee, who was a researcher at the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center. Lee is remembered for his pioneering restoration work with the giant Canada goose and the Aleutian Canada goose.

By the 1920s the giant Canada goose (a native of the Dakotas) was believed to be extinct, Moore said. In the late 1950s a few giants were taxonomically confirmed. A captive breeding program was developed to restore the giant Canada goose.

Carl Strutz was a well-recognized aviculturist from Jamestown who specialized in breeding wild waterfowl in captivity. This included descendants of giant Canada geese from a clutch of eggs collected near Streeter, N.D., in the 1890s.

Moore received his bachelor's degree from Jamestown College and his master's degree from Oregon State University. He began his teaching career at Rugby High School, followed by time at Cando High School before coming to Valley City State University, where he taught from 1964-1995.

All lectures are at the Barnes County Historical Society Museum and held in conjunction with Valley City State University. They are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Wes Anderson at 701-845-0966.

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