PULLMAN, Wash. — To many, flights of migratory Canada geese mark the change of seasons. Others find rapidly growing populations of their non-migratory cousins in urban areas to be more than just a nuisance.
Heavy concentrations of goose droppings contain nitrogen, which can result in excessive algal growth in ponds, reduce water quality and lead to pool closure. The FFA estimates there are 240 Canada goose- aircraft collisions every year, costing $1 billion in damage, according to one estimate. Occasionally human lives are lost.
“Suburban Goose Management — Searching for Balance,” a 28:30 minute video produced by Cornell Cooperative Extension, examines various ways communities and wildlife agencies attempt to cope with the highly adaptable water fowl, including hazing, modifying environments that attract geese, use of chemical repellents, control of reproduction and removal.
Copies of the video and an accompanying 42-page guide can be ordered from the Washington State University Cooperative Extension Bulletins Office in Pullman by calling 1-800-723-1763. Cost is $32 plus $5.50 shipping and handling. Washington residents should add $2.81 for state sales tax.
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