Geese from the Beach
At the Reservoir Beach, geese are a nuisance. They are annoying to the people who come to enjoy the beach, and they can be aggressive, sometimes hissing at, chasing and frightening children. They destroy the grass by eating it and what a mess they leave behind – so bare feet beware!!
Recreation is working hard to keep the geese off of the beach and to keep it
clean. Here’s what’s being
in the season, a team of Border Collie dogs, specially trained to herd geese,
was brought to the Res for 1 week to chase the geese away, prior to their
molting season. This helped to
eliminate some of the geese, but not all.
“beach fencing” has been put up along the berm in an attempt to discourage
the geese from entering the beach area. It’s
hoped that the geese have molted and can’t fly, so they won’t be able to
find a way back onto the beach and will be encouraged to stay outside of the
swimming area. This berm fencing
will be removed at the end of the swimming season to return open access for
other “off-season” activities.
morning Recreation employees are chasing away any geese that come into the beach
area, and are raking and scooping up the goose droppings that have been left
Here’s what you can do to help:
do not feed the geese or ducks!
It encourages them to stick around and bring their friends.
Also, it’s not healthy for them to eat “people food” or to rely on
us for their meals.
· Keep all food packed up and put away before and after eating time. And always clean up scraps and litter for disposal in the trash barrels provided.