Addling Goose Nests
By Richard D. Gainar, CEBS – Lake Management Committee
Did you ever wonder how the geese that are congregating on our beaches and in your backyard are affecting the ecology of our lake? Considering each goose can produce 1 to 2 pounds of droppings each day, and a typical Canada Goose may poop 28 times a day, it doesn’t look good for homeowners – or our lake. These droppings contribute to excess nutrients and bacteria in our lake which encourage nuisance weeds and harmful algae.
In January and February migratory geese are moving through our area with some of the breeding age geese breaking away from the flocks in early preparation of the nesting season. These geese begin to pair up and separate themselves from the migratory flock. By April we will see them select nesting sites typically found near the lake within direct sight of the water. To limit geese production your Lake Management Committee notes these nest sites for a timely visit by ODNR-licensed individuals to addle the eggs. Addling is a humane process to prevent eggs from hatching while encouraging geese to continue incubating their eggs and not renesting. If eggs or nest are removed before the goose has satisfied the nesting instinct, it will simply build another nest and lay additional eggs.
Egg addling (through shaking, oiling or puncturing eggs) and nest removal are effective tools for reducing reproduction of Canada Geese in urban areas. Association residents that discover goose nests on their properties or nearby recreational areas could report the sites to the RRA Office (440-563-3170) ot email to arrange for egg addling.
You will be hearing much more about geese conflict management and damage prevention strategies from your Lake Management Committee this summer including some techniques to help keep them moving along out of our area.
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