On 2/13, we began a deterrent strategy with the goal to prevent Canadian Geese from nesting in our community. Typically, geese will begin nesting in late February to mid-March. We need to make them feel like our area is not safe so that they decide to start a family elsewhere.
Over the next 4-6 weeks, we will be using the Bird Banger gun to scare the geese. We will be consistent with this strategy. We have noticed one large group that is hanging out, and another smaller group. Geese usually nest where they nested, or born, the previous year. Hopefully most of these geese we will migrate to last year’s home.
I would appreciate everyone’s help with this effort. Please call my cell phone if you see a large flock in your yard or along your shoreline. My work cell phone is 740-837-0833.
Myself or one of my staff members will come out and shoot the Bird Banger gun. This gun is just a loud noise maker. It’s not a gun that will hurt or kill the geese, or any person. It does scare the geese causing them to fly away.
Additional strategies will be used throughout the spring. Should nesting occur, we will take actions to help prevent the eggs from hatching. Actions taken will follow the permitted processes required by ODNR. We will also follow the required reporting process, as been done in the past. This is another area where your eyes and reporting will be very benificial. Please let me know if you have a nest on your shoreline.
The final step that will be used for our geese control program will take place in June during the molting season. We will partner with ODNR to determine the best strategy to deter geese from hanging out on our waters, shorelines, and beach area during the summer months.
These strategies are very important to ensuring we maintain very good lake water quality and clean/safe grounds. Geese droppings are very bad for both of these items.
Appreciate your help – we need this to be a team effort by the community! Your eyes and reporting are key to making these efforts effective.
Thanks! – Mike