The BHNA needs your opinion.  The Canada goose population at Harriman Circle Park has been increasing significantly in spring and summer. We’d like to know how you feel about the best-management strategy proposed below to stabilize the size of the Canada Geese flock and encourage an increase in the numbers and types of songbirds, butterflies, and aquatic life in Harriman Park.

A Brief History

A Few Geese Facts

  1. An adult Canada goose eats up to four pounds of grass and drops two pounds of fecal matter a day.
  2. A Canada goose typically returns to its birth/nesting site every year.
  3. Many Canada geese no longer migrate.They become resident to an area once they nest and raise goslings. This creates problems when they are enticed to stay (being fed) and/or if the landscape meets their preferred conditions: wide-open areas of lush, freshly mowed lawns with unrestricted access to an open body of water.
  4. Established goose populations tend to increase by 20% a year.

Proposed Approach

The proposed management approach uses a passive way to restrict geese easy access to and from the pond:  allow a grassy meadow (10-14” height), 8-10 feet wide, to grow around pond’s margin.  Restricting easy access to and from the pond means fewer geese are drawn to the park.

The meadow can be enhanced by a narrow swath of native aquatic plants near the shore, such as sedges, bulrushes, etc.  The meadow and aquatic plants attract more songbirds and pollinators to the pond and create fish nurseries.

Take our short anonymous survey online

It’s quick and easy . . . just takes a few minutes.

We’ll publish the results on the BHNA website, Facebook group, and email blast.


Questions?  Contact Mike Brezin, BHNA President, at: