2012-02-16 / News

Workshop planned to control goose population


These Canada geese were part of a large gaggle that was foraging on Tuesday in the yards along Seaview Avenue in Jamestown. PHOTO BY JEFF MCDONOUGH These Canada geese were part of a large gaggle that was foraging on Tuesday in the yards along Seaview Avenue in Jamestown. PHOTO BY JEFF MCDONOUGH The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will offer three workshops on Canada goose abatement for livestock and agricultural producers in Rhode Island, including one at Portsmouth Public Library on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The other two workshops will be held at Richmond Grange in West Kingston on Monday, Feb. 20, and at Greenville Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 21. All three workshops will begin at 5:30 p.m.

These workshops will assist the public in developing a plan for goose management on their property and provide information on management activities that may be funded through the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program, which provides technical and financial assistance to address conservation issues.

Resident 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 public, especially livestock and agricultural producer, are encouraged to attend the workshop. The workshop will discuss the natural history of the Canada goose; resident versus migrant populations; conflicts between humans and geese; federal, state and local regulations; and strategies for mitigating goose problems.

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