Well, the summer is here, and I’m soon expecting to see the grass start turning brown. But what I haven’t seen much of yet is the familiar sight and sound of our Canada Geese flying overhead. There are a couple reasons for this. The goslings have grown out their first set of feathers and the adults have completed another molt and are not yet ready to fly. Early flights will be quite short for a couple months while the goslings develop the strength necessary for the long migratory trip.
Geoffrey Westerfield, ODNR Assistant Wildlife Management Supervisor, reports that in Ohio, both statewide and in NE Ohio, he is seeing fewer geese complaints this year. “Our nest permit and roundup permit numbers were also down.” Geoff says “I am sure that COVID is helping that by allowing folks to chase geese when they normally would be at work, but
I am also assuming that folks are figuring out the right tactic for their location to keep geese moving. Farm complaints are up a bit with good timing between crops going in the ground during goose molt season.”
I also feel that we’ve be doing a good job here at Lake Roaming Rock to keep geese moving too. Goose management techniques for the next few months ask us to commence harassment as soon as geese can fly again. Again, 3-4 days of consistent harassment will get the geese to move on.
Be Lake Responsible.