Canada geese are resident birds to the Ohio Valley. Geese thrive in man made areas due to the fact that we have created the perfect habitats, minimal predators, lush grasses, ample nesting areas, and safety water features. Canada Geese become problematic around the start of February when they return to mate and nest at the location they were hatched. Aggressive behaviors occur when geese defend their nesting sites as well as newly hatched goslings. As soon as the goslings hatch they seek safety in water due to the fact that many predators will not follow them into the water. While goslings grow adult geese seek areas with fresh grass and water features that provide safety.
Once June arrives geese begin to molt, which is the period in which adult geese replace their flight feathers and young geese begin to grown flight feathers. The molt can take several weeks and at that time geese are very reluctant to leave the safety of areas with water features because they are unable to fly away from predators.
After the molt and both young and adult geese can fly, flocks will go into what we call the "pond hopping" stage. This is where flocks go from one location to another looking for fresh grass and a good water supply. During the winter months this can mean unfrozen ponds or areas of grass that is not covered by snow.
Even though many locations see the Canada goose as a nuisance the good news is that you can avoid many of these issues by implementing a productive management plan. Stalk and Awe Geese Management offers successful and humane options that will help combat the Canada goose problem on any property.