Some assistance please,
So here is where we are and what is planned for the geese issue between Ki and I. If you are not in agreement with the following please feel free to say so but also take the initiative to go to Ki with a different plan of action. If you have other questions or thoughts please post them here or email me at email@example.com as you see appropriate.
First I will let you know that we are going to need people to help clean up after the geese now and in the future. If you have no problem with this by all means feel free to begin, I think everybody knows where the biggest problem areas are.
When I originally spoke to Ki he stressed that there were two main problems; the aggressive geese and the over population of the geese due to no natural predators and feeding by people. The biggest effect of the overpopulation is the large amount of excrement all over the property.
He told me then that he was pushing out the day that Fish and Wildlife Services would come to handle these two issues which he stressed that they had offered to do without charging him. At that time he said that I would need to find an immediate solution to the aggressive geese and soon after a solution to over-population.
I wrote multiple times about the need to find an immediate solution and received a lot of ideas and help but no place to put the “aggressive” geese to give us more time to find another solution. When Ki called a few days later with the offer to move the nests I had no better plan of action and did not see that one was coming quickly. While I know it was not likely to be successful I also knew it was at the point where we would have to do something and the only other plan was to call the Fish and Wildlife Services, which I see as utter failure. This plan was completed about a week ago and I have heard nothing of the “aggressive” geese since. I am taking that, and the last email I received from Ki, to mean we are on to the next step.
In that original meeting we also discussed ways to control population which focused mainly on decreasing off-spring and attempting to stop feeding. He stressed here that until the population was under control he would need help with the large amount of excrement around the property. This could be either everyone helping out a little by cleaning or everyone pitching in to hire more people to clean. I have nothing set up currently to accept donations and personally plan to clean myself (although I am somewhat limited due to injury). If anyone would like to take it upon themselves to find a service for those who would rather pay please do so and post it here.
This is the issue at hand: Ki has stressed that he has heard a lot of complaints but seen little action and that if he is to take our claims seriously he needs to see that people are willing to work/pay to keep the geese issue in our control.
As far as population control we need to come up with new methods of convincing people that feeding the geese is not a good idea and also find ways to reduce the number of nests built on Amador Lakes. This could be done by reducing nesting materials or taking down nests as they are being built which I think would encourage the geese to move on. Ki has suggested an approach known as ‘addling’ the eggs which unfortunately may be necessary but I hope we could ‘convince’ the geese to nest elsewhere instead. Due to the lack of natural predators though, I do understand this may be necessary. A meeting of some type to discuss these things would probably help and if anybody is interested in setting that up please do so. Ki also offered the use of the clubhouse for an informative type gathering as was previously suggested by many people.
Thank you again for all your help and please remember that we have not won yet. It will take effort from everyone who loves the geese to keep them a part of our community.