HUMANS


James Kuri

Founder

James started Geese Guys in 2010 after experiencing the extreme impact Canada geese can have on the landscape.  An avid golfer, James became frustrated by the levels of goose poop covering the local golf courses. This prompted him to begin exploring effective Canada goose control methods.  He discovered the effectiveness of border collies and the rest, as they say, is history. He now spends his days with his three furry border collie besties: Daze, Dino and Misty.

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Vance Kimball

General Manager

Vance joined the Geese Guys in 2015. He has a B.S. in Biology from Washington State University and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Portland State University. An avid birder and avian ecologist, Vance has spent several years working with northern spotted owls in the Oregon Coast Range. He’s also interested in plants that are endemic to the Willamette Valley, and his volunteer work at Metro’s Native Plant Center has helped him to develop a broader understanding of local ecology. In his spare time, Vance enjoys reading, sports, listening to music and spending time with his family.

Jennifer Sandvig

Field Operations Manager

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Kristen

Community Relations Manager

Kristen joined the Geese Guys Team in 2012, bringing with her 12 years of professional experience in wildlife research, organizational development, and environmental education. She holds a MA in Environmental Leadership and is passionate about connecting people with nature, especially wildlife. She believes education is the best way to create sustainable change in our complex world, and views Geese Guys as the perfect venue to engage and share her love of animal behavior, dogs, and science with the community. When not working, you can find her out hiking with her two border collies Fish and Zengo.

Gabe

Account Manager

Gabe enthusiastically joined the Geese Guys Team in 2014.  He is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) with 6 years of experience in reward based/positive dog training, using only methods approved by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB).  Gabe is the proud dad of 3 border collies: Icy, Legs Diamond and Bill. When not out managing geese, you can find these 4 playing canine frisbee, trick training, hiking in the woods, or out and about at neighborhood parks.

Will

Wildlife Biologist

Will joined the Geese Guys Team in 2014. He is an ardent naturalist, dog lover, and conservationist. He has a degree in Riparian Ecology from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.  Since 2008, Will has been working with both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species as a Biologist and Scuba Diver.  He has also led and participated in numerous habitat restoration projects throughout the Pacific Northwest. Most recently, he was involved with Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s project to trap and relocate hatchery origin Chinook salmon in an effort to keep them away from the wild stock’s spawning grounds. When not working, Will spends his days hiking and camping with his family and border collie Piper.

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Laura

Field Technician

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Sadie

Field Technician

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Liz

Field Technician

Liz Dodge joined the team in 2019 after 20 years of competing with her herding dogs in agility. Looking for something active to fill her retired life, what could be better than taking her dogs to work every day in the beautiful PNW! Liz has been a dog trainer for many years and enjoys watching the dogs enjoy their natural ability to eye and haze the geese in a gentle, yet successful manner. Liz’s dogs are rescues, who are her constant companions and best friends.

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Maddy

Field Technician

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Kaylee

Field Technician

Kaylee has been involved in dog training since she was 17 years old. As her senior project she fostered a puppy from the humane society and her goal was to set a sound foundation for the future family. She started sheep herding with her border collie at the age of 18 and have loved it ever since. She now participates in trials and does training every week. When she isn’t goose hazing or sheep herding, she is camping, hiking and exploring with her pups. 

Michelle

Field Technician

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Carole

Field Technician

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Heather

Field Technician

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Canada Goose

Wildlife

Canada geese are known for their seasonal migrations. Most Canada geese have staging or resting areas where they join up with others. Their autumn migration can be seen from August to the beginning of December. The early migrants have a tendency to spend less time at rest stops and go through the migration much faster. The later birds usually spend more time at rest stops. Some geese return to the same nesting ground year after year and lay eggs with their mate, raising them in the same way each year.


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