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Clarkstown Approves Geese Control Program

Town tries to contain the Canadian Geese population by preventing eggs from hatching and chasing geese from parks.

 

Clarkstown Town Board members approved a $10,200 program on Tuesday for Canadian Geese control throughout the community. The contract with Thomas J. Maglaras of Nuisance Wildlife Control Agents is for a program to addle the eggs of Canadian Geese in the town’s parks. This program is in addition to one approved in July 2012 for trained dogs to chase the geese from the parks and other locations.

Clarkstown Superintendent of Recreation and Parks Jo Anne Pedersen said the combination of the two programs has made a difference.

“I have to tell you our parks you can walk in,” she said. “And that’s much more than before.”

Addling geese eggs interrupts the incubation process so they do not hatch but the eggs are left in the nest so the geese still care for them. If the eggs were removed, then the geese would lay more eggs. According to Pedersen, they typically produce four or five eggs at a time.

In 2012, the firm found 97 Canadian Geese nests in Clarkstown containing a total of 480 eggs at Lake DeForest, Congers Lake, Lake Lucille, Twin Ponds, the closed West Nyack landfill and along Klein Avenue and Old Nyack Turnpike.  Pedersen said the number of nests has not changed dramatically from 2006 when there were 81. 

As long as the geese can get access to green grass, she said they tend to stay in the same area.

“The problem is the geese don’t migrate south anymore,” she said. 

Pedersen said in 1996 the town tried to get the geese to move from one of the parks so they relocated them to the former landfill, about three miles away. Within a week’s time, many of the geese found their way back to the park.  

Nuisance Wildlife Control Agents will addle the eggs in late March and early April.  The company is responsible for obtaining all necessary state and federal permits.

Throughout the year, Hudson Valley Wild Goose Chasers, Inc.of Nyack takes its trained canines to Rockland Lake State Park, Lake DeForest Reservoir and Swartout Lake two or three times a day to chase the geese.  Wild Goose Chasers is being paid $1,973 monthly for 12 months or $23,676 to chase geese from Kings Park in Congers, Congers Memorial Park and Twin Ponds Park in Valley Cottage.

Town properties are not the only ones attractive to geese. The Clarkstown School Board also brought in three companies on a trial basis to rid the Clarkstown North and South high school and Felix Festa Middle School campuses of geese. 

Onyx Embridge January 27, 2013 at 10:12 PM
I agree, my city has been addling eggs for many years and considers it the most effective humane method of managing urban geese. We have hundreds of year round permanent residents and they have never been a problem in any way; the city doesn't even addle eggs every year....last summer we had over 50 new goslings in one small area. They're birds, they're nature, they're beautiful and I can't understand why some communities have such a phobia about them.
Onyx Embridge January 27, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Tyler Durden, your comment about Canada geese displacing other waterfowl is ludicrous. We have tons of permanent resident Canada geese in Vancouver, BC and they coexist with all the other waterfowl including ducks, blue herons, seagulls, crows, and birds like wigeons and Buffheads, and shovellers that winter here. We also get a few greater white front geese and cackling geese that join the resident geese for the winter. The ducks like the geese around because they are such good guard birds. Canada geese can exist with any creature that doesn't not physically threaten them.
Onyx Embridge January 27, 2013 at 10:20 PM
Tyler Durden....you say the geese displace other waterfowl. Were you aware that humans have destroyed about 60% of the wetlands, which was the goose's natural habitat? You drained their homes to create fields, golf courses, airports, and suburbs then blame them for displacing other waterfowl? seriously I wonder where people's brains are sometimes.
Onyx Embridge January 27, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Goosechasers was being paid over $26,000 a year to chase geese out of parks. that's ludicrous. Saranac, NY bought a Naturesweep for $10,000 to pick up goose poop and they can recycle that into valuable compost. Egg addling to maintain a population and a Naturesweep would be a more effective, cheap way to coexist with these birds. "Daunais said it will take about two hours to clean one field with the machine. He said the district plans to use the Nature Sweep on a regular basis, but only on the fields where the geese have been congregating. "The last five years, the amount of time we've put into the geese, and the amount of money we've spent with gimmicks trying to do something, I think this will be cost effective compared to that," he said. Daunais said the district plans to create compost using the collected goose feces." http://adirondackdailyenterprise.com/page/content.detail/id/527020/Goose-poop-scooper-gets-trial-run.html
M. Leybra January 28, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Thanks to you for this post & to Durdin for inspiring you in his obliviousness as to how all animal species co-exist as opposed to humanity. Not to mention spewing the usual State Game Agency rhetoric demonizing all huntable, trappable species. Deer need to be hunted because they're destroying the forest understory, raccoons have decimated the NYS wood rat & are all likely all carry rabies. The beautiful snow geese are latest target, (supposedly destroying the Canada tundra vegetation since there's been a moritorium on hunting migrating canada geese that have been decimated from overhunting. Guess we need to control all these overpopulating animal species to keep them from destroying the natural environment.

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