Buffalo, NY ( release) – For nearly a month, the world has watched, via live webcam, as a Canada goose sat on her nest in an urn deep inside Forest Lawn – a historic, 269-acre cemetery in the heart of the city of Buffalo - patiently awaiting the arrival of her brood. The story attracted international attention when it was discovered her gander – the male goose that typically guards the nest during incubation – had “flown the coop.” Forest Lawn’s resident buck, a white-tailed deer that has lived in the cemetery for several years, gallantly took over the role of protector, spending hours each day hovering over the urn and watching out for mama and her eggs.
Forest Lawn is pleased to announce that sometime in the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 27, 2011, seven eggs were hatched successfully! Around 4:00 p.m. EST, mama goose jumped off the urn and coaxed her goslings to the ground, where they fed on the grass near the urn before beginning their walk to the cemetery’s Mirror Lake.
The deer had been near the nest all morning, but eventually wandered off and watched from a nearby hill. As the winds picked up, we think he decided to seek shelter.
Forest Lawn is a natural habitat and provides everything wildlife needs to sustain. When it was founded in 1849, Forest Lawn was the first landscaped green space in Western New York. In fact, Frederick Law Olmsted, considered the founder of American landscape architecture and the nation's foremost parkmaker, came to study Forest Lawn before creating Buffalo’s park system.
Today, the cemetery is one of Western New York’s most beautiful natural cultural destinations, and the deer/goose story is just one of many natural occurrences visitors enjoy when they visit Forest Lawn.
In the near future, Forest Lawn will be announcing receipt of a major grant that will be used for the renewal of the cemetery’s unique and historic landscape, to repair damage caused by the October 2006 surprise snowstorm.
About Forest Lawn
As one of the first rural cemeteries in the United States, Forest Lawn – located in downtown Buffalo, NY – is at the heart of Western New York’s cultural tourism renaissance. Its first interment took place in 1849; today there are more than 160,000 permanent residents in this 269-acre, non-denominational, non-sectarian, not-for-profit cemetery. Forest Lawn offers year-round guided tours, educational programming, flag retirement ceremonies for scouts, special veteran programming and so much more. Forest Lawn is the only local full-service cemetery for traditional and cremation arrangements listed on the State and National Registries of Historic Places. For more information, visit www.forest-lawn.com.