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.
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
Why is goose management necessary?
Goose overpopulation can result in traffic safety hazards, habitat degradation and decreased wildlife diversity. Management promotes the health and safety of geese and humans. Learn more about Avian Influenza in Wild Birds.
Why does overpopulation occur?
- Geese are very tolerant to humans and human modified environments
- Increased food supply on developed and maintained shorelines
- Decreased goose predators in urban areas
When does overpopulation occur?
July to August during gosling rearing season
Where do problem areas exist?
Manicured shorelines, trails and stormwater ponds; mainly on Broadmoor Lake, Nottingham/Ball Lake and Foxhaven/Heritage Wetlands.
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- Shoreline naturalization, tall vegetation near the lake shore discourages geese from walking onto adjacent lawns to rest and feed
- Erect fencing near shore areas to reduce access to your lawn
- Don't feed the geese. Providing food often delays migration, resulting in added stress and mortality to geese. The feeding of all wildlife is prohibited and enforced through Parks Bylaw 21-2013 (56.8 KB).
- Egg control (conducted by a Professional Biologist with the appropriate permits).
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