Goose management

Respect the nest – notice to the public

Geese and goose eggs are provincially and federally protected under the Migratory Birds Convention Act. Any damage or destruction to goose eggs without the appropriate permits can result in significant fines or jail time to the individual responsible.

If you have concerns about the location of goose eggs or the behaviour of geese, please submit an inquiry through County Connect.

Strathcona County strives to provide a safe habitat for geese, safe parks for humans, and a balanced diversity of wildlife in all stormwater ponds and wetlands located in urban areas.

For the past five years, a Council-approved goose management program has been in place to aid in the health and control of the goose population.

Family of geese swimming in a lake

Urban goose facts

  • Increasing urban and suburban development has resulted in the creation of ideal goose habitat—open areas with short grass and adjacent to small bodies of water
  • Geese are protected by the Migratory Birds Convention Act
  • They feed by grazing on fresh grasses and small plants
  • Adult geese weigh 5.4 kilograms or more
  • They are able to reproduce at two to three years of age
  • Adult geese eat up to 1.8 kilograms of grass per day and drop 0.9 kilograms of fecal matter daily
  • When nesting, geese are aggressive defenders of their nests

Frequently asked questions


Further information:

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Last updated: Thursday, June 13, 2019
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