Why Resident Geese Population Control?

Our two consulting professors have confirmed that our sizable goose population has a major negative impact on Loon Lake’s water quality.  The large nutrient load the geese deposit into the lake is quite detrimental, in addition to the nuisance created on land by flocks of geese. 

Consequently the Alliance has sponsored an effort to “oil” a few eggs every year (for the past few years) to prevent them from hatching to see if we can begin to reduce the goose population on and around the lake.  Geese defecate between 28 and 92 times a day and this results in 1-3 lbs of nitrogen per goose per year and 0.4-1.4 lbs. of phosphorus per goose per year excreted.  As some of you may know, excess nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) can lead to undesirable plants and animals growing in the lake unchecked.  New York State estimates that there are 200,000 resident (not migratory) geese in the State and would like to see this number reduced to 85,000 or below, hence the “egg oiling” is sanctioned by the State.  See the article under “Lake Information”, “Geese”, “Resident-Geese Population Management” on the website at http://LoonLakeSteubenNY.com for a bit more information.

Ted Neufang (hodgfang1@stny.rr.com) is nowleading the effort.  He asks that anyone seeing goose nests built in the spring report the nests (property owner and location on the property) to him to help him locate a few nests to treat each year.  Ted needs to have property owner’s permission to visit and treat the nests on their property, so if one does report any nests to him, please include the permission (along with your phone number) with your note.  He will be contacting property owners who are agreeable.  The state requires some paperwork be filed, which Ted will file unless the property owner wants to do the oiling and paperwork on their own, in which case refer to the above mentioned article for instructions.

Ted and Carol conducted the egg-oiling this year over the April 25-26 weekend.  The results were 16 eggs in 5 nests oiled.

Ted Neufang