GREAT FALLS — Dozens of geese and ducks were rounded up at Gibson Pond in Great Falls on Friday.
Each year, several city workers put on their waders and pick up rakes to walk around in the pond, nudging the flightless birds toward a pen. They are then loaded onto a truck and driven to the north side of the park and released inside their winter quarters, often referred to as the "Honker Hilton."
During the cold months, the birds are kept inside for their own safety as many have clipped wings. Parks and Recreation staff care for the birds throughout the winter. The birds also have an indoor pond inside their winter residence.
They will be returned to the outdoor pond in April.