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Papa Goose: One Year, Seven Goslings, and the Flight of My Life

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  18 reviews
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 wa
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Paperback, Trade, 219 pages
Published October 2018 by Black Inc
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Nyctea
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: etologia, oche
Certo il racconto di questo ricercatore non trasmette la bellezza e la gioia della natura e degli animali e del loro studio con l'intensità ineguagliabile di cui è stato capace Konrad Lorenz, ma è comunque gradevole da leggere per chi è appassionato di uccelli e di volo e per chi ha vissuto la fortunata e coinvolgente esperienza di veder nascere e far crescere delle ochette come loro mamma.
Mi ha ricordato da vicino uno dei film che preferivo da ragazzina: Fly away home (L'incredibile volo), dir
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Chelsea
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
I honestly requested this because it sounded like the plot of movie Fly Away Home (it did end up being similar in a lot of ways). Super cute - if you're an animal lover, this is well worth a read. 3 1/2 stars
Julia
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Wirklich nett zu lesen :-) 3,5*
Julia
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What child, upon learning about imprinting phenomenon in baby birds, has never mused "What if I got a hatchling to imprint on me?" Folks, Michael Quetting got to live out our fantasies, and it's simultaneously as adorable as and a lot messier than our blithe imaginings. Read about his year living in a small camper in Germany raising greylag goslings who think he's their papa. The writing could have been a bit more polished, but the weirdest aspect of the book is the bizarre dialect the locals se ...more
Julie Garner
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, biographies
I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publishers.
Interesting read about a man who imprints himself on 7 goslings in order to use them for some flight recordings. I learnt a lot about Geese and what it takes to imprint on them properly. It was also fascinating to read how he spent a lot of that time with just the Geese and only the occasional human interaction. Be prepared to find out Geese poop looks a certain colour depending on their food. There is a fair bit of poop.
This b
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Megan
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet but insubstantial. A touching tale about a scientist raising 7 goslings he has imprinted upon from hatchlings. All in the name of experiments into wind speed, avian interactions with weather during flight and, potentially, the future with monitoring taking place from the Russian space station. Largely a story about Micha (the author's nickname) and how the goslings brought him back to equilibrium after his divorce. I didn't cry.
Amy Heap
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A scientist at something of a crossroads in his personal life, sets out on an intensive science experiment, learning a lot about nature, and himself. He imprints on seven goslings, and becomes their father, in the hope of getting new flying data from them. The experiment is full of ups and downs and an awful lot of goose dropping. It's a sweet, and funny little book with interesting scientific detail and plenty of popular philosophy designed to make us think about our priorities.
D'face
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Imaginary conversations with juvenile geese. Who knew that geese can fly upside down? Raising geese so they imprinted on him the author relates their upbringing and his efforts to recruit them to science. Unfortunately geese are not such great scientific subjects, at least as flying weather data collectors.
Sherrie
An experiment where a man raises a flock of geese from eggs, teaches them to fly, attaches tracking devices, and then releases them into the wild.
Amanda Witt
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An amazing experiment of sorts, where the author handraised a group of goslings, with the aim of training them to fly alongside his glider, to assist in gathering weather data.
Angie Ryan
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A totally different, true story and a very easy read.
Toni Wittus
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that pulls at your heartstrings whether you are an animal lover or not. Cute, fun read
Wayne
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful story.
Sarah
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly enchanting.
Jan
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sjov, sød, saglig og bestemt ikke uden gode pointer
Vicki
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heart-warming.
Wendy Otero
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nature-writing

Quetting opens this account beside an incubator, imprinting his voice onto nine eggs. As laboratory director at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, and an ultralight pilot, he is nominated to be a
father figure to greylag geese as part of a project that aims to use birds to collect flight and weather data.

Seven goslings hatch and delicious days are spent splashing and swimming in lakes, snoozing in meadows, and avoiding predators and occasional ultralight mishaps. Quetting has his hands full .
He
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