Thousands of geese flock to Iowa wildlife refuge

More than half a million snow geese descended on an Iowa wildlife refuge this week.

The massive showing is unusual for DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, Supervising Ranger Peter Rea told the Washington County Pilot-Tribune and Enterprise.

Rea told the newspaper that the refuge only welcomed a few flocks last spring.

The refuge did see larger groups for weeks in the fall pre-2000, but that trend only last a few years, the newspaper reported.

“The (snow geese) arrival was kind of a surprise to us, and we are just enjoying the view like you are,” Rea told the newspaper. “We want the public to come and enjoy because it is an amazing thing.”