Waterfowl are a common occurrence on lakes, streams and wetlands. Their presence adds to the beauty and charm of our region's water resources. A family of mallards or Canada geese is enjoyable to watch at a distance. But when they show up in our backyard with several dozen of their "friends," the appreciation quickly turns to frustration. Not only can the resultant droppings reduce the usefulness of our yard or dock, they also increase the nutrients running into our lake.

Because geese graze primarily on grass, well maintained lawns provide a great food source. Planting trees, shrubs, and ground covers along the shore line is the best long-term way to discourage geese from coming on our property. This type of greenbelt may take a year or more to establish, so in the meantime, here are some helpful suggestions:

Adapted from Current Reflections, a publication of the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, 1998. Also check Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine, December 1998 for an article on goose control by David L. Sperling.


Reproduced from "Lake Tides" Wisconsin’s lake magazine, Vol 24, No. 3, Summer 1999.
This page last updated 21 May 2001