Taking the advantage of an unseasonably warm (mid-forties) December afternoon with no precipitation, I hurriedly made my way to Northampton Canal Park.
This ribbon of park is unique even in the briefest observation. With the wild Lehigh River on one side and the typical recreational aspect of a city park on the other, depending on the angle it would be hard to determine whether you were standing on a trail of wilderness or on a trail of recreational managed wildlife.
While visiting the park, I had a rather unique experience, the likes of which I have yet to be witness to anywhere else.
As I walked down the park’s path, I saw a group of Canadian Geese meandering about in one of the baseball fields. They paid little attention to me as I passed and I climbed down the bank of the river to meet the water where there was another group of geese. These fellows seemed rather bothered by my presence and immediately fled into the swollen waters of the river.
As they began moving swiftly with the river’s current, one of the geese began honking wildly. That’s when I heard a response from one of the geese in the ball field.
I climbed back up to the park path listening to an increasingly frantic call and response from the two geese that were now separated by the angry river. Getting back on to the path, I saw the geese from the ball field rapidly waddling ahead of me towards the river. The call and response continued loudly and seemingly worriedly as the geese from the ball field made their way in the Lehigh, stopping to take a drink first.
A few minutes later and the call and response ceased. I walked back towards the parking lot and turned to see the geese reunited, bobbing in the swift water, silently. I suppose, that briefly, I was lucky to hear the "goose music" of Aldo Leopold in the Northampton Canal Park of Lehigh Valley.
This post was written by Lehigh Valley InSite guest blogger Andrew Kleiner, who also writes the Remember blog.