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Wild Goose Chase

A ride-a-long video with Ridgewood GeesePeace.

WALDWICK—Traveling just north of the Upper Ridgewood Tennis Club last week, we tagged along with Ridgewood GeesePeace as it sought to oil Canadian goose eggs.

The mission itself proved fruitless—an overnight rainstorm had washed away targeted eggs—but volunteer Ridgewood residents Jim Borghoff and Ellie Gruber helped explain the process of containing the area goose population. The early morning work has humanely cut down the goose population since the group's inception in 2007. Borghoff estimates by 2015 there will be 1,022 fewer adult Canadian geese in the immediate area.

Jim May 05, 2010 at 11:19 PM
To clarify: Since the program's inception in 2007, Ridgewood volunteers have oiled 395 eggs over four nesting seasons. The national GeesePeace organization has a formula to estimate the long-term impact of egg-oiling programs. Using this formula, which assumes we will continue to oil eggs every year, we can estimate that in the year 2015 there will be 1,022 fewer adult resident Canada geese in our immediate area than there would have been absent the program.
Dominick Nizza September 10, 2010 at 09:10 PM
The video is great... should be seen again by new comers.
Dominick Nizza November 08, 2010 at 12:52 PM
Thanks again Sam, for this great video... with Thanksgiving approaching, perhaps some people will be thinking about their possible dinner options.

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