The GeesePeace program uses adaptive management; adjusting
timing and strategies as the situation warrants, and adjusting to changes in
geese behavior during the year.
March to mid May:
During mating and nesting (Late February through mid May)
the Resident geese are in pairs, not
When resident Canada geese begin nesting in late March and
early April, the mother goose is on her nest and the male (sentinel) goose is
close by. Juvenile geese (under three years of age) do not nest, but may pair
up or congregate in flocks.
During the mating and nesting period geese should not be
chased or harassed unless the nest is located in an area which is close to
human activity (like and entrance to a building). If geese are chased during
this period they will just find another nesting site nearby resulting in
Mid May to late June:
In early May, when nesting is completed the resident Canada
geese look for a safe place to molt. Since the plan includes extensive egg
oiling, there will be no or only a few goslings allowing the resident geese to
leave on a molt migration.
Late June to mid August:
Most geese leave on a molt migration. Only injured geese and those geese that
had goslings remain at the site. Most geese are flightless by mid June.
Late August and on:
Geese in other areas will have completed their molt so it
is possible that geese from these locations will visit program sites as part of
their pond hopping after the molt.
In September the numbers of geese may increase with the start of the
early hunting season as geese may fly out of the rural areas for sanctuary in
the suburbs and cities.
Molt Migration of Atlantic Flyway Resident Population Canada Geese, Cornell University et al. 2004
Movements and Survival of Molt Migrant Canada Geese
from Southern Michigan, LUUKKONEN, PRINCE, MYKUT; The Journal of Wildlife Management