After spending a few days in Grand Marais, I’m not sure I’d trade the nuisance of Canada geese for the nuisance of gulls. Gulls are considerably more noisy, even at 6 am when I took the photo on the left.
And although I’ve not seen in happen here, they’ve been known to steal food right out of your hands (Wikipedia photo).
I’m in Grand Marais this week and noticed this sign along the waterfront park:
DO NOT FEED THE GEESE
Feeding of geese is prohibited
City ordinance number 167
In August of 2011, the City (TJ!) put up "Do not feed the wildlife" signs along the Sesqui Plaza (blog post here). A month later, I commented that the signs appeared to be making a difference, and now, one year later, it’s still the case. Cool. (See all the Canada geese-related blog posts here on LoGro, going back to 2009.)
What else needs to be done to further control the geese problem, especially in Riverside and Babcock parks?
Mary Closner alerted me to the new signs on the signs along the Sesqui Plaza.
The City of Northfield’s ‘No feeding of wildlife’ signs appear to have made a huge difference in preventing the Canada geese from defecating all over the Plaza. (I was going to say ‘shitting’ but decided I’ve been too fowl-mouthed lately. Take that, John George!)
The discussion about the geese continues here.
A month ago, I attended a Parks and Rec board meeting when the issue of geese droppings was discussed. I wrote:
There was also discussion about the pros and cons of an ordinance that would prohibit the feeding of ducks and geese, as that’s seen as a contributing factor to the problem on the Sesqui Plaza. In the meantime, the City will place some “Don’t feed the wildlife” signs there.
The signs are now up. Four of them. Some people aren’t happy. Nfld News’ Suzy Rook published an online column yesterday on the issue: Please don’t feed the animals:
A few people, I’ve heard, aren’t happy with the signs the city posted along the Cannon River asking downtown visitors not to feed the wildlife. But there are good reasons for the request, said city Streets and Parks Supervisor T.J. Heinricy…
While the signs, he said, are getting the point across, he’s gotten complaints from those who want to bring their children to the river to feed the ducks and geese. And while Heinricy understands how much fun it can be for a kids to interact with wildlife, he’s asking that we all do our part to keep Northfield tidy and safe: Don’t feed the animals. We’ll all be better off for it.
The guy who picks up litter every day around town (he wishes to remain anonymous) pointed out this nest of eggs to me last night. The nest is in the streetscape bushes at 3rd St. and Hwy 3, across from the Quarterback. I assumed they’re Canada goose eggs from looking at the photos on Google images.
If not omelettes, then might your dog be hungry for a snack?
It was just me and Ross this week, talking about all-things Northfield including goose poop, the upcoming council and school board elections (separate issues), and the opportunities afforded by the departure of Northfield City Administrator Joel Walinski.
It’s clear from listening to the show, however, that we need Tracy.
She’s–not–just a pretty face
She’s–got–everything it takes
She’s–mother–of the human race
She’s–not–just a pretty face
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