“Papa Goose is destined to become a classic. This book has everything in it I love: great animals beautifully portrayed as individuals; cool science; drama, discovery, and personal transformation.”
—Sy Montgomery, author of Birdology and The Soul of An Octopus
The charming true story of one man’s journey to raise seven goslings in the name of science.
In Papa Goose, Michael Quetting shares the hilarious and moving true story of how he became a father to seven rambunctious goslings—and the surprising things he learned along the way. Starting right at the beginning, with the eggs, his journey takes him from the incubator all the way to the airstrip, where he must attempt to teach the geese to fly as part of an ambitious scientific research initiative for the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, which tracks animal migrations around the world. For the next eleven months, we follow the newly minted dad as he takes the goslings on daily swims in the lake, tracks them down when they go astray, and watches their personalities develop: feisty, churlish, and lovable. Packed with charm and humor, Papa Goose quickly draws us into the adventure as Gloria, Nemo, and the rest of the crew conquer land, water, and air.
About the authors
Michael Quetting is a laboratory manager at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, a pilot, a bird lover, a bestselling author, and father to two human children.
Stacey O’Brien is the author of the New York Times bestseller Wesley the Owl. Trained as a biologist specializing in wild animal behavior, she now works as a wildlife rescuer and rehabilitation expert with a variety of local animals.
Jane Billinghurst holds an M.A. in German and Philosophy from Oxford University and is the author of numerous nonfiction books, including Temptress: From the Original Bad Girls to Women on Top. She is also an editor and has been the director of Simon Fraser University's Summer Book Editing Workshop. She lives in Anacortes, Washington, where she can often be found tending her foxgloves and forget-me-nots or relaxing in a garden chair.
Other titles by Jane Billinghurst
My Life with Sea Turtles
A Marine Biologist’s Quest to Protect One of the Most Ancient Animals on Earth
Wisdom From The Hidden Life of Trees
Be a Nature Explorer!
Outdoor Activities and Adventures
Our Little Farm
Adventures in Sustainable Living
The Power of Trees
How Ancient Forests Can Save Us if We Let Them
What's Wild Outside Your Door?
Discovering Nature in the City
Of Cockroaches and Crickets
Learning to Love Creatures That Skitter and Jump
The Secret Network of Nature
Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things— Stories from Science and Observation
Discovering the Trees and Woodlands of North America
The Heartbeat of Trees
Embracing Our Ancient Bond with Forests and Nature