While strolling along Kingston’s waterfront this summer, I’ve regularly encountered large gaggles of Branta Canadensis, otherwise known as the Canadian Goose. Sadly, these beautiful birds are a bit of a nuisance as a result of the seemingly impossible concentration of droppings they leave behind, which creates a messy minefield in parks, and everywhere else they choose to congregate. But are Canadian Geese really and truly a problem in the Limestone City? For the longest time I didn’t think so, however my opinion changed after I passed a heartbroken pair of Canadian Geese who were lamenting the loss of a fallen feathered friend at the side of the road. It was a tragic scene that made me consider how our proximity negatively impacts one another. Accordingly, this week’s poll asks:
What should Kingston do to manage unwanted Canadian Geese?
- All of the Above. (33%, 36 Votes)
- Nothing. They are not a problem. (27%, 29 Votes)
- Outlaw feeding them. (23%, 25 Votes)
- Employ swans, dogs, falcons etc.. (16%, 17 Votes)
- Landscape modification. (2%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 109
Perhaps we should feel honoured that so many Canadian Geese feel safe enough to take up seasonal residence here in Kingston. Further, I think it’s worth pointing out that it could be much worse. New York City is so attractive, it is estimated that 20,000 Canadian Geese live there year-round, while approximately the same number of geese take up seasonal refuge. The Big Apple has dealt with this problem with mass killings, which is not required nor the preferred response here in Kingston. While the simplest solution would be for us to learn to accept their presence, perhaps the easiest way to curb unwanted Canadian Geese is to stop feeding them, and drive them away from our most coveted areas.
What are your thoughts on Kingston’s Canadian Goose problem? Or, are you of the opinion that they’re not pests? Let us know your thoughts on how the city can humanely approach the management of our nation’s favourite feathered mascot. As an added incentive, this week’s best comment will earn one insightful reader two tickets and a backstage meet & greet with legendary rocker Steve Earle and his wife Allison Moorer, who will be performing at the Grand Theatre on August 19th. Special thanks to The Grand Theatre for offering up this prize, as well as to Pierce Ray for today’s photo.