2012-02-09 / News

Workshop planned to control goose population

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will offer four workshops and training programs on resident Canada goose population stabilization and developing grassroots efforts to control the geese. The next workshop will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the USDA-NRCS conference room at 60 Quaker Lane in Warwick.

Canada goose populations can inflict significant damage on agricultural land in the form of water quality impairment, crop loss and subsequent erosion. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, geese also produce heavy concentrations of fecal droppings, which can lead to excess nutrient enrichment of ponds and lakes. The additional nutrients then lead to excessive plant growth such as algae and other nuisance plants. Rapid increases in algae can then limit the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water for other aquatic organisms. These large, dense geese populations also pose a risk to other species of birds through transmission of avian diseases.

The public – especially landowners, municipal leaders and land managers – who are interested in learning how to control goose populations in Rhode Island using humane methods are encouraged to attend the workshop to learn about strategies for coexistence with them.

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