Geese Problem - Rochester, NY area 

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  Consider how we solve the Geese problem in our area, what it says about ourselves.  

 

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Adults Canada Goose and her almost adult geeseSometimes (it seems) tolerating geese that crowd our lawn, ponds, and streets makes us want to eliminate them altogether.

That doesn’t make much sense environmentally or humanely, but as we sprawl out into the wilderness animals that we used to encounter only in the wilds now find our new properties home.

 

 

 

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Geese Problem NewsLinks

Rochester area Newslinks over the years on addressing the Geese Problem.

2013

  • DEC offers options for landowners with too many geese ALBANY - Canada geese are a valuable natural resource and a source of recreation and enjoyment to bird watchers, hunters and others.  Flocks in flight this time of year are a welcome sign of the change in seasons.  However, local-nesting or “resident” geese have become year-round inhabitants of parks, ball fields, waterways, farms, residential areas and golf courses, where they can cause problems and the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has information available on its website on how to cope with nuisance geese. Property owners can find tips to prevent or reduce problems with Canada geese on DEC’s website at www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7003.html.  Several options are available to alleviate damage and nuisance caused by resident Canada geese during the spring and summer months.  DEC issued a General Depredation Permit (GDP) that allows the disturbance or removal of adult or juvenile Canada geese or their nests or eggs under certain situations and conditions without having to apply for individual state and federal permits. (April 11, 2013) EmpireStateNews.net [more on Geese Problem in our area]

2012

  • Slaughter of Geese Won't Fly With Some New Yorkers NEW YORK - The slaughter of Canada geese in New York City, Westchester County and elsewhere continues to bring protests from critics who say they agree that the danger the birds pose to airliners is real, but killing the geese is not the answer. After the 2009 "Miracle on the Hudson," in which a goose sucked into the engine of a U.S. Airways jet forced it to land in the icy river, New York took what Humane Society state director Brian Shapiro calls a "shoot first, think later" approach.  (August 1, 2012) Public News Service [more on Geese Problem in our area]
  • Finger Lakes' biologists on a ‘wild goose chase’ - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow MPNnow.com — Scores of Canada geese that enjoy hanging around Canandaigua’s Roseland Waterpark in the summer just as much as kids, had a surprise recently when they discovered a lot of people — not in bathing suits — checking them out. The mission on the part of wildlife biologists June 28 with the state Department of Environmental Conservation was to herd the birds to an area where they could check them over and band them with ID tags.  (July 23, 2012) Home - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow [more on Geese Problem in our area]
  • Canada Geese Still Overabundant in New York State | WXXI News New York State’s resident Canada Geese population is around 200,000, despite the annual harvest of about 50,000 of the birds during hunting season. And the state DEC says the birds, while a valuable natural resource, can become a problem because of the droppings they leave behind.  (April 30, 2012) WXXI News | The Public Media news source for Rochester, NY and the Finger Lakes [more on the Geese Problem in our area]
  • DEC Encourages Property Owners to Help Control Nuisance Canada Geese - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Canada geese are a valuable natural resource and a source of recreation and enjoyment to bird watchers, hunters and others. Flocks in flight this time of year are a welcome sign of the change in seasons. However, local-nesting or "resident" geese have become year-round inhabitants of parks, ball fields, waterways, farms, residential areas and golf courses, where they can cause problems. Information on Nuisance Canada Geese is available on the DEC website to help property owners prevent or reduce problems with Canada geese. Several options are available to alleviate damage and nuisance caused by resident Canada geese during the spring and summer months. DEC issued a General Depredation Permit (GDP) that allows the disturbance or removal of adult or juvenile Canada geese or their nests or eggs under certain situations and conditions without having to apply for individual state and federal permits.  (April 20, 2012) Press Releases - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation [more on the Geese Problem in our area]

2010

2009

2008

  • WILDLIFE: Damn geese - News Articles - Rochester City Newspaper Doesn't it seem like Canada geese - those characters with the long black necks and distinctive flash of white up top - are just everywhere these days? What's going on? "Basically it comes down to there's plenty of good habitat for geese in Rochester," says Mike Wasilco, regional wildlife manager for the Department of Environmental Conservation. (Dec 4, 08) Rochester City Newspaper

2007

  • We've cooked our own goose over Canada geese - Humans have a meddling hand in the mess they've made. July 29, 07) Democrat & Chronicle
  • Canada geese are foul play - Nuisance birds shrug off area shooings, leave big mess behind - Canada geese have been a problem in this area for years, not only because of their droppings but because of the traffic problems they cause and the damage they do to lawns, which they eat. Municipal leaders, golf-course superintendents and others have tried a variety of methods to deal with the birds, which are protected by federal and state laws and regulations. (July 29, 07) Democrat & Chronicle

2002

  • Democrat & Chronicle: Brighton to show off its war with Canada geese — BRIGHTON — After a two-year process to stabilize the Canada goose population in the town, Brighton town officials want to share their research with neighboring communities. Tonight, members of Brighton’s Canada Goose Task Force will unveil a 15-minute video that chronicles the town’s efforts to find a humane solution to traffic safety and public nuisance problems caused by Canada geese, said Brighton Director of Communications Steve Dodd. (November 13, 2002)  Democrat and Chronicle
  • Geese causing swimmer's itch? Cases of an itchy, burning rash have been reported in Honeoye Lake but not Canandaigua, Keuka or other nearby lakes. RICHMOND - A flock of Canadian geese has made Honeoye Lake their home this summer, which may be contributing to another uninvited seasonal guest, a parasite that causes swimmer's itch. (August 20, 2002) Daily Messenger
  • Democrat & Chronicle: Two arrested for attack on Canada goose — Two golf course employees were charged Wednesday with cruelty to animals after allegedly wounding a Canada goose Tuesday at Ravenwood Golf Course. Police and state Department of Environmental Conservation authorities are investigating the attack on a nesting pair of Canada geese and their young. (May 9, 2002) DemocratandChronicle.com

2001

2000

  • A flock of problems  Feeding wild waterfowl can alter their migration instincts and spread diseases, experts say.
    CANANDAIGUA — Ducks, seagulls and a few geese — fat with french fries and bread — mingle on the sidewalk of the City Pier, waiting for their next snack. (November 16, 2000) Daily Messenger. 
  • Town wrestles with goose problem Brighton will hold a meeting Oct. 5 to develop solutions. Last Thursday, residents and town officials who attended a public meeting tackled possible solutions to Brighton's gaggle of a problem. (September 30, 2000) Brighton-Pittsford Post
  • Brighton Town Park Overrun With Geese  The Town of Brighton is faced with a rather unusual and messy problem. A large population of geese at the Brighton Town Park prompted a town meeting Thursday night, to discuss ways to deal with these feathered pests. (September 8, 2000) NewsSource 13

 

 


One of the many quiet trails running through our communities that make our urban areas seem like rural. Photo by Frank J. Regan.











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Resources on Geese Problem

Some resources on how communities deal with the Geese issue.

  • GeesePeace in Fairfax is an exciting pilot project involving a public/private partnership to reduce the nuisance aspect of Canada geese in Fairfax County through humane, non-controversial, wildlife management practices and technology innovation.
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service World Wide Web Site This is a very comprehensive web site and includes a lot of services. 
  • Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology --Everything pertaining to birds and bird studies.  Lots of programs about birds you can sign up for.
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Home Page: On the environment, this organization's lists of help on the environment for the Rochester area is so extensive that you'll just have to check it out. Especially useful for the general public is Home Programs.
  • Nuisance Canada Geese - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Nuisance Canada Geese Canada geese are a valuable natural resource that provide recreation and enjoyment to bird watchers, hunters, and the general public throughout New York State. But in recent years, flocks of local-nesting or "resident" geese have become year-round inhabitants of our parks, waterways, residential areas, and golf courses, and too often, they are causing significant problems.