Goose Nesting Site Hotline: 651-638-2163
The New Brighton Parks and Recreation Department is currently identifying pairs of resident geese that are nesting in the following areas: Brightwood Hills Golf Course, Hansen Park, Innsbruck Park Veterans Park, Long Lake Park and the pond at Lake Side Homes. If you are out walking in these areas and find a goose nest, please report the location by calling the hotline at 651-638-2163. New Brighton Parks and Recreation volunteers are using humane egg-addling techniques to manage the wild goose population in New Brighton.
The City of New Brighton is working with residents to implement new ways to manage the wild goose population. The City offers training to residents in February each year for those who have concerns about geese on their property, or who want to help control the population by focusing on nesting sites. The training consists of a DVD from the United States Humane Society. Topics include: the difference between resident and migratory geese, why there is an abundance of geese, mating and nesting habits, egg addling (oiling) procedures to manage the population, and other nonlethal methods that homeowners can use on their property to deter geese. The training teaches how to search for nests and addle eggs during the early nesting season so the eggs do not hatch. Volunteers are needed to continue this program and those trained are registered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to assist the City with efforts on goose mitigation if they choose.
The following links will take you to articles on goose management, education and control. For more in-depth information, visit the links within each article.