The geese population has been steadily on the rise across Ontario and they leave behind quite a mess for municipalities to clean up.
Please Don't Feed the Birds!
The City is working to improve beach water quality and our waterfront parks. You can help by not feeding birds, ducks, geese, gulls or swans. Here's why:
- Bird poop can be a potential health hazard
- Feeding can attract many birds, resulting in large amounts of bird poop in the grass, sand and water
- Birds that are fed food scraps lose their fear of humans and become aggressive
- Birds that eat food scraps do not get all the nutrients found in their natural diet. As a result, they may be less healthy and become dependent on people.
- Most birds fly south in the winter to find other sources of food. Feeding birds may encourage them to stay here longer and rely on human food to survive.
Geese Management Program
The City currently undertakes a number of federally-approved geese prevention methods, including:
- Dogs patrol
These dogs are exempt from the Animal Control by-law as services are contracted with the City.
- Avian dissuader laser light
- Avian distress call
- Marine and shoreline control
- Pyro technics
- Egg oiling
Frequently Asked Questions
|Are any geese harmed during the City’s Geese Management Program?
No geese are harmed by the City’s program. Trained and qualified staff under authorization of a Canadian Wildlife Service Permit use humane methods to move geese off of the waterfront parks and out into Kempenfelt Bay without harming the geese or goslings.
|How successful is the program at reducing geese?
The contractor continuously monitors the number of geese along Barrie's waterfront. In 2014, the average number of geese on the waterfront in August was 184. Within one year of implementing the program that average was under 50.
|Is this a one-time program, or does it continue?
In 2015, the City awarded a three-year contract through an open competition for geese management services, and anticipate seeing geese populations on the waterfront to be reduced significantly from the pre-control state.
|What does the City do to clean up all the geese droppings?
Parks staff use a sweeper to clean off the pathways on a regular basis, and a special machine to pick up heavy amounts on areas of turf.
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