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Animal Rights Org. To Hold Goose Egg Oiling Workshop in Mamaroneck

Mamaroneck has decided to find humane ways of dealing with the local goose population after much pressure from animal activists and the community.
Mamaroneck has decided to find humane ways of dealing with the local goose population after much pressure from animal activists and the community. Photo Credit: John Hannan

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Animal Defenders of Westchester, a local animal rights group, is holding a training workshop Thursday to educate residents about oiling Canada goose eggs. The workshop comes after last week's decision by the Village Board to not use killing as a method of dealing with the goose population.

Egg oiling is a strategy to control the growth of the Canada goose population by preventing the eggs from hatching. Participants in the workshop will learn the basics of egg oiling, including how to locate nests, how to oil the eggs and how to safely interact with geese. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regulations and humane egg oiling protocols will also be discussed.

Denise Savageau, conservation director in Greenwich, will teach residents to perform egg oiling, whether on their own property or as volunteers helping out their neighbors on private property.

Organizers hope to work with community volunteers over the next several weeks to match property owners and volunteers to assist the community in humanely managing the Canada goose population in Mamaroneck.

“I hope residents and property owners will contribute to managing the growth of the Canada goose population through a communitywide effort to oil eggs," said Kim Gold, who is organizing the event. "Over time this will make a significant impact, and it is a humane way to handle this issue as part of an integrated goose management program.”

This program is designed for managing the Canada goose population on private property only. The Village will work with the USDA to perform this service on public property.

Residents interested in attending this training, or property owners interested in being matched with trained volunteers, should contact Kim Gold by email at geeseprogram@gmail.com.

The workshop will be held at the Mamaroneck Public Library, 136 Prospect Ave., on Thursday, April 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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