News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 8, 2013 Egg Addling Controls Goose Population In a continued effort to control the Canada Goose population in the Okanagan Valley, the Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program is about to begin its annual egg addling program. Over the past six years, this program has prevented the exponential increase of the non-migratory resident goose population that inhabits the valley all year long.
In 2012 and 2013 with great thanks to a funding grant from the Western Canada Turfgrass Association (2012) and staff time donated by LaHawk Ltd and Wise Wildlife Control (2012 and 2013), we were able to mark geese wtih leg bands. The leg band data will be used to help us better understand questions on local movements and nesting patterns of geese. They will also contribute to our understanding of population size and survival. We captured geese during our "goose-round-ups" in ...
Post-nesting ground surveys are conducted during June to identify areas that may have been missed during the addling season. In addition, we use the population data to estimate what percentage of the population is comprised of goslings. In 2007 approximately 14% of the population were goslings. In 2008 and 2009 the levels were approximately 18% and 8% respectively. In 2010 and 2011 the levels were approximately 14% and 11%. These numbers are well below levels normally ...