Please Help Us Implement the Goose Management Plan

Implementation of the recently approved all-pond Goose Management Plan for Richmond Pond is ramping up, as the ice will soon be off the pond. Details of the plan are summarized in the March issue of Richmond Record and on the RPA website’s Minutes page. But in short, with over 200 geese on the pond last summer and more expected this summer, unless control measures are taken, the health risks from their excrement will soon render the pond unhealthy for swimming and other recreation.

We’re asking all of you to consider helping us in the following ways:

Nesting - Please contact John Mead at Lakeside Christian Camp, at, if you notice that Canada geese are nesting on a specific property. Please include the specific location of the nest and include your contact information, so he can follow up with you, if necessary, to clarify its location.

Training - Please also consider volunteering to serve on one of the Canada goose egg addling teams. All such volunteers must participate in the related training session being conducted by Wild Goose Chase NE on Saturday, April 6, 1:30 pm at Lakeside Christian Camp. You need not be a homeowner where geese might nest, or even live on or near the pond, to help us with this process. Sign up by contacting Laura Rosenthal at

The two camps, South Pond Farm, the Town of Richmond and others are completing and submitting the state-required egg addling permit applications. Addling is a one-time visit to the nest to coat eggs with Wesson oil, and can be done by Wild Goose Chase NE, RPA volunteers, or the landowner, but only after the permit is issued for that location, and following training. The oil coating deprives the embryo of the oxygen needed for further development, but since the egg is returned to the nest, the goose believes it is still developing. It is essential to mislead the goose, or it would begin laying again.

Feeding - Lastly, please do not feed the geese. Feeding them encourages them to hang around and would undercut the plan’s multiple efforts to encourage most of the geese to go elsewhere, thereby keeping Richmond Pond and its beaches a safe and healthy place to swim, boat, fish and enjoy.

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