Canadian Geese visiting Quail Ridge Lakes
Posted on Jul 21st, 2023
Thanks to Rick Stasyshan for the following insights regarding dealing with our feathered visitors:
Federal law protects Canadian Geese. It is illegal to harm geese, their eggs, or their nests in the United States without permission from the U.S. Fish and Wild Service (USFWS).
The Quail Lakes Board previously looked into relocation and the cost to capture and relocate at that time was $50.00 per goose with no guarantee that the geese would not return. They return to their nesting place.
It is also against the law to shake the eggs, the manner that Michigan controls the wild swan population.
So what you can do:
1. Don’t feed the geese. Eliminate bird feeders.
2. When they have goslings, the adults do not fly so barriers present obstacles they avoid. Many residents have built sea walls and planted shrubs to block easy access. They prefer to walk up on the lawn.
3. Putting up silver pinwheels or a string fence with silver strips is a deterrent, to some degree.
4. They hate powerful green laser lights. It is effective before the babies hatch and after the babies take on a more mature appearance. I and all my immediate neighbors use these and the geese hate it and move immediately.
Or get a dog.
Geese do not hang around where they are constantly harassed. The more they are harassed the less they stay.
Several lake lot owners let areas along the shoreline grow up with cattails and the like, providing nesting areas for the geese. The natural shorelines do provide them with the cover they desire. They usually do not nest near a house. When nesting the male goose is always within 20 feet of the nest and is a diversion and protector. So it is relatively easy to find a nest. It is allowed to coat the eggs to avoid hatching but this requires a DNR permit per nest. That would be the individual homeowner's expense. Google “Canadian Geese issues” to find websites providing insight as to how to legally make your yard less friendly to geese.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation