Geese Population Management

Some of you may have heard that the Alliance is planning to find Goose nests and “oil” a few eggs this year 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” on “Geese Hunting” on the website at http://LoonLakeSteubenNY.com for a bit more information.

Eric Busch (ebusch@columbus.rr.com) is leading the effort this year.  He asks that anyone seeing goose nests built in the next couple of weeks report the nests (property owner and location on the property) to him to help him locate a few nests to treat this year.  Eric needs to have property owner’s permission to visit and treat the nests on their property, so if you do 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 Eric will take care of.