Among the topics discussed at the most recent Lake Wallenpapauck Watershed Management District (LWWMD) meeting was spreading the word about nuisance geese.
Cards have been printed to help educate the public not to feed Canada Geese. Two subspecies make Lake Wallenpapauck their home. Their droppings can lead to health issues and degrade water quality in swimming areas, the District warns.
The card is entitled, "Going Bonkers over Honkers" and gives advice avout not feeding the geese, not mowing to the shoreline, harassment, chemical repellants and lethal control.
Geese prefer freshly mowed grass and gradually sloping shorelines. Geese don't care to walk through or make nests in tall vegetation. Allowing shoreline vegetation to grow will discourage geese from stopping by.
Noise makers, trained dogs or coyote silhouettes can scare geese away. The District reminds the public to check with federal, state and local laws .
Chemical repellants are available taht make vehetaion unpalatable to geese byt the repellant must be reapplied and becomes costly.
Hunting geese is not allowed at Lake Wallenpapauck, altough in other areas in the state this method has been viable.
For more information contact the District at (570)226-3865 or visit www.wallenpaupackwatershed.org. --- SEE THE WEDNESDAY EDITION FOR MORE MEETING ITEMS.