After decades of declining numbers, wild gees are returning to the area.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said Tuesday that it had counted at least 30 wild geeches on the lake, the first time the number of birds has been recorded in the area since records began in the late 1800s.
The wild geesh have been spotted in a variety of places, including in the Washington State Capitol and at the Lake Stevens Visitor Center, which is managed by the state Parks and Recreation Department.
They have also been seen in the park near the U.S. Capitol and in a small area near the Washington National Mall.
“We do not see them in the wild at this time,” said David Laughlin, an assistant state fish and wildlife biologist.
“But if they were to appear, it would be a good thing to see.”
The wild goose population was once on the decline, and it had declined for years.
In recent years, the geese have been seen feeding on salmon in the lake and in the Lake Champlain watershed, which feeds into Lake Stevens.
Wild geese are a small, migratory bird that can live up to 40 years.
They are a staple of the western forests of North America and have been known to migrate from the Arctic and Siberia into the American west.
The birds are native to the Northern Hemisphere and have migrated west from Europe.
But the wild goose numbers have been declining, with just six populations left in the world.