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A proposal for implementing a buffer zone to control the overpopulation of Canada Geese on Campus

TitleA proposal for implementing a buffer zone to control the overpopulation of Canada Geese on Campus
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsMount, A., A. Wells, and C. Campbell
Keywordsbuffer zone, Canada Geese, University of Waterloo campus
Abstract

The abundance of Canada Geese on the University of Waterloo campus is seen as a problem by many. The geese have become a nuisance on campus by littering the pathways and playing areas with their droppings, obstructing traffic, and hissing at passers-by. Through their research, the Animal Alliance of Canada has found that the best method to deter large geese populations is through landscape modification techniques. For instance, planting native vegetation as part of a buffer zone reduces access to the water for geese as well as disrupting their sightlines. We have developed a proposal to implement a buffer zone consisting of native vegetation in order to deter geese on campus… It is likely that there will be adequate funding from Plant operations for this project, pending on project acceptance. It is recommended that a landscape modification technique be implemented on campus to deter geese… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca