Friendly Neighbor from the North

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Shannon Winks, DNR Urban Biologist, talks with an interested patron

Shannon Winks, DNR Urban Biologist, talks with an interested patron

“They’re…blanking… all over my fairways,” is the quote of the day by one of the patrons who visited with Shannon Winks, the DNR’s Canada goose expert. 

The population of Canada geese is growing rapidly. Winks was on the DNR front porch offering people suggestions on curbing the population of Canada geese.

Among the ways of controlling the population is hunting season. You can take matters into your own hands Sept. 1 -15.

Also, you can catch the eggs of geese and prevent them from hatching. Find the Canada goose nest and dip the eggs in corn oil, which prevents air from getting inside the egg. You can punch a small hole in the bottom of the egg and drain it or you can pick up the egg and shake it so that it becomes mush inside. Using these suggestions, the idea is to keep the shell intact and fool the mother goose. If you just pick up the eggs and smash them, mother goose will know she is missing eggs and decide to nest more eggs. By fooling her with eggs that are intact, she won’t realize until it’s too late in mating season that these eggs aren’t hatching.

Actually, Canada geese are not even from Canada. I bet the Canadians love that a pesky bird terrorizing American golfers and shoppers is associated with them. Speaking of Canadians, referring to the birds as Canadian geese is incorrect. They’re Canada geese.

If you’re the owner of a dog that loves to chase geese, let Fido loose from mid-June to mid-July. During that four week stretch the geese lose their wings and can’t fly.
– Don

The author with a Canada goose

The author with a Canada goose (in case you weren't sure, the goose is on the left.)

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