Canada Geese
Canada geese population stabilization is a regional/area wide activity.

When done on an area-wide basis the possibility of walk in goslings from another location is greatly reduced, usually totally eliminated.

Resident Canada Geese Population Stabilization

December - March

Meet with stake holders and Community leaders to plan for a coordinated effort to locate geese nests in the program area with the intent of treating as many of these nests as possible to stabilize the current population of resident Canada geese. 

Jan - March

Contact property owners and others in the program area whose properties are likely to have nesting geese. The egg depredation will be conducted by the property owner staff or by teams organized by the community and others who are participating in the coordination effort.


Conduct training seminars on geese biology, locating geese nests, safe interaction with geese, personal safety, laws and regulations related to Canada geese, humane egg treatment protocols, data collection and team coordination. These seminars will be hosted by the program manager community or other stakeholders in the area. GeesePeace provides leadership and training seminars when requested by the community.


Locate nests, treat eggs using GeesePeace protocols which include coating eggs with corn oil, egg replacement and strategic nest destruction.  If nests are destroyed the goose must be on the nest for two weeks or she may just rebuild the nest nearby and lay more eggs. The exception is that a goose will not be allowed to nest in an area which places her in direct conflict with people, e.g. at entrances to buildings.  In these cases the nest will be taken down as soon as it is found with the understanding that the goose may possibly re-nest. In all cases the eggs will be tested by placing one in water. If the egg floats this means the air sac has developed in the egg and it is too far along in development to treat according to GeesePeace and Humane Society of the United States protocols.

Early May

Take down nests so as to set the stage for a molt migration.