Boston has had two GeesePeace programs: one on the Esplanade and one in the Public Garden. Both programs successfully integrated all three components of the GeesePeace program. Both areas contracted with an outside Border Collie patrol service and volunteers and staff members addled eggs in the spring. “No feeding” educational signs were posted throughout the parks. Results were seen in the first year of the program – the Esplanade went from 300 to 30 geese and the Public Garden goose population was reduced from 250 to 25 geese.
Read more about GeesePeace at the Esplanade Association Website.
Sharon was the first town in Massachusetts to implement a GeesePeace program in 2001. Sharon originally contracted with an organization called “Coast is Clear” for Border Collie work. In the third year of the program they decided to purchase a Border Collie, Roy, from the organization. They found a wonderful permanent home for Roy and a seasonal staff member took Roy to work around the Lake in the summer months. The program had an immediate and dramatic effect on the goose population around the lake. In the first year of the program, Sharon was able to open Memorial Park Beach for the first time in many years. Sharon continues to enjoy the Beach and has been able to reduce the geese population to a manageable number of geese. Roy became an important member of the community and a main attraction in the town parade.
Read about Sharon’s current arrangement with Shoo, Geese! Border Patrol.
Worcester began a GeesePeace program in 2006. Worcester successfully addled eggs in the spring with the help of staff and several dedicated volunteers. The town contracted with Coast is Clear Border Collie Service in the summer and installed no feeding signs modelled after signs recommended by GeesePeace in their two main parks. The town also designed their own signs that they posted in several other conflict locations and produced educational handouts that were translated into four different languages and used in parks to inform people of the negative effects of feeding geese. Worcester also passed a no feeding ordinance. The first year of the program proved to be a success, “the grounds of the picturesque park are in such good shape that a number of people have sent letters commending city officials for instituting a program that has successfully controlled the population of geese at Elm and other parks. We’ve had excellent results,” said Jill Dagilis, Worcester’s commissioner of health and human services (Worcester Telegram and Gazette, July 17, 2006).
More on Worcester Program: Worcester Telegram and Gazette Article