Family of eight takes up residency at Crystal Lake
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
DECATUR -- Since its completion in the early 1950s, Crystal Lake near Decatur has become a sanctuary for birds of every size, shape and color from the majestic bald eagle to cardinals, bluebirds and geese. For the past five years, the Canada goose was the predominant species at the lake. That all changed with the introduction of a different species to the Decatur area. Three years ago, Egyptian geese landed on the banks of Crystal Lake looking for a new place to nest. They joined dozens of pairs of Canada geese and one lone Saddleback Pomeranian goose. Soon the Egyptians took over as the dominant species at Crystal Lake, chasing off all others, including the Canada geese.