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Birds sound off about spring tradition

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THUMP! THUMP! Stamp, stamp, stamp, stamp. Hawnk-eeee-Honk-eeeee-Hawnk-eeeee-Honk-Honk!!


The sounds of spring have returned to Royalwood, including the curious phenomenon of geese perching on rooftops. Pairs of geese face off on opposing roofs for a honk-a-thon and woe to the single goose attempting to fly in and interrupt the festivities.


Paula Grieef, a resident naturalist with Oak Hammock Marsh, explains this behaviour: "The males are aggressively defending their territory (nest and mate). There are often single males that try and take over but the paired male makes sure that doesn’t happen. They most likely choose the rooftops because it is safe from predators. It gives them a good view of their territory".


According to Grieef, "you will not see these behaviours in the fall because geese are not nesting and are still in family groups and getting ready for migration".


Make sure to visit Royalwood this spring to witness this spectacle in person. It’s not to be missed.


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March is Kidney Health Month. The Kidney Foundation of Canada’s Manitoba Branch is working to raise funds and awareness right here in Royalwood through their annual Door-to-Door campaign.


"We have volunteer canvassers in Royalwood for the month of March", says Charllene Pedersen, the foundation’s manager of fund development.


"They can be identified by their badges and the official receipts for income tax purposes with the foundation’s registered charitable number," Pedersen says.


If you miss the canvasser at your door, you can still donate by calling 989-0800, or by visiting www.kidney.ca.


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The 2012 Spring Parade of Homes wrapped up on March 25. The new Royalwood Square condominiums at 455 Shorehill Dr. were featured as part of the annual event.


Built by A & S Homes, there are a total of 64 homes in this condominium community. Each condo offers a fireplace, double-attached garage, plus a deck and patio.


"We had considerable interest in Royalwood Square during the Spring Parade", says Chris Dudeck, a realtor with Coldwell Banker National Preferred.


"Families are drawn to the beauty of Royalwood and want to be part of a great community," Dudeck says. For more information about Royalwood Square, contact Chris Dudeck at 985-4300, or visit www.royalwoodsquare.ca.

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