Geese who’s back?
Respect the goose: Cohabiting with campus wildlife
Over the next few weeks, geese are returning to Manitoba. Several geese have already been spotted this week. As we welcome back our migrating wildlife, Physical Plant is preparing for the increased goose presence at the Fort Garry campus.
Many geese stay in and around Winnipeg because of their protected status in urban environments and the availability of water, food, nesting sites and safety from predators.
Please be cautious! These unique campus community members are interesting and fun to watch — but be sure to do so from afar. Geese can be aggressive when they feel threatened. However, with some consideration, geese and humans can share our campus without incident.
Physical Plant will be covering planters to deter nesting in areas with high human traffic; geese that nest on rooftops will be provided access ramps for their goslings upon hatching. As the geese begin to nest, signs will be posted in nesting areas to warn people of their presence. Geese don’t like to be surprised and can be protective of their area.
A plan for managing the goose presence on campus is being created as part of the university’s Wildlife Management Plan, which has been initiated in consultation with experts. The plan will focus on cohabitation on and around campus with geese, and making high traffic areas less attractive to nesting.
This story is part of the U of M’s “Respect the Goose” education and awareness campaign regarding the goose population on the Fort Garry campus with input from internal and external experts and other stakeholders.
Look for social media posts and other UM Today stories that include goose facts and tips in the coming weeks!