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The impact of the Canada Goose population at Columbia Lake: A sustainability study

TitleThe impact of the Canada Goose population at Columbia Lake: A sustainability study
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsEllis, P., M. Hall, H. Kim, E. King, J. Miklos, G. Prins, D. Schmidt, A. Wells, and T. Winfield
Keywordsgeese, geese droppings, geese noise, North Campus
Abstract

For this study, we have chosen to study the sustainability of the present population of Canada Geese on North Campus. We feel that this is an issue that needs to be addressed, because we have noticed some indicators that the population may be exceeding its natural level. Some problems that have been noticed generally include high noise levels, visible deposits of fecal matter, and large congregations of geese on the Columbia Lake playing fields… In order to do a full analysis of any sustainability issue it is necessary to examine not only the social issues mentioned above, but also the effects of the system on the biophysical and economic components of the environment. In order to ensure that these areas were adequately studied, our group was divided into subgroups to examine each component of the environment. In this report, methods and findings of each group are presented individually for simplicity. We recognize that some issues overlap between groups, however we chose to study each issue only once in one of the three groups… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca