GeesePeace in Fairfax Announces 2003 Canada Geese Population Stabilization Program
Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Feb. 21, 2003
GeesePeace in Fairfax Announces 2003 Canada
Population Stabilization Program
Each year since 2001 Fairfax County has obtained a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to addle/oil Canada geese eggs throughout Fairfax County. Addling refers to techniques, such as coating the eggs with corn oil to prevent development of the embryos. A similar permit will soon be obtained for this year’s nesting season that begins in mid-March and continues to early May. GeesePeace in Fairfax, a public-private partnership, will again train volunteers and property management staffs on how to safely and humanely addle/oil Canada geese eggs.
Lake Barcroft residents began this effort several years ago to manage the Canada geese population at that site, and it has developed into a county-wide initiative. County communities, businesses and recreation areas can participate in the addling effort again this year. This widespread effort helps resolve Canada geese conflicts humanely and without controversy.
Fairfax County and GeesePeace in Fairfax encourage all property owners who may have geese nesting on their properties to sign up for this year’s program. All they need to do is visit the GeesePeace Web site at www.geesepeace.org, fill out the “Property Owners Consent” form, print and sign, then mail to GeesePeace at the address listed on the form. GeesePeace in Fairfax will contact each property owner to schedule on-site visits to locate nests and oil eggs using protocols developed by the Humane Society of the United States.
Any property owner who wishes to oil the geese eggs on their own property under the Fairfax County permit must attend one of the GeesePeace in Fairfax egg oiling training classes. These classes will be held on Saturday, March 8 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Monday, March 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Audrey Moore RECenter at Wakefield Park, 8100 Braddock Road, Annandale, (Exit 54 A, Braddock Road, West; one-fourth mile to entrance on right). Training is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, call 703-354-1713, TTY 711 or go to www.geesepeace.org.