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Get Rid of the Birds RANT

Something stinks in this city and it isn’t just bird poop.The City of Edmonton wants to get rid of the birds from its parks. Too much poop and it interferes with the public events and if we get a swimming pool or beach or restaurant (let’s develop the beautiful river valley and make it more people-friendly).

The skyline is going UP.


I agree, the poop is a large problem. The people are  a large problem. We haven’t got the money to enforce the “no feeding” laws so the solution is to get rid of the birds.

A lot of people like to feed the geese and ducks and this in part has created huge over-population and bacteria problems. So the city and the University of Alberta have joined forces to deal with the problem. Not the problem of the people. The problem of the geese. And ducks Oh, and that pair of red-necked grebes that are nesting in Hawrelak park? Well that is a shame, isn’t it?  Tsk. Tsk.

We all have to listen to the annoying recordings of stressed chicks, cries of raptors, etc. –  that doesn’t fool any of us, bird or human.The university is  bringing a black lab to chase the geese after sunset and shining green lazers on the islands and shores.Now THAT must be working. I have not seen one offspring this year.



Unnatural behaviour of the birds crowding the edge to feed. The blue is a wake board that has been discarded.ImageOn the notice that was posted recently, it says that it is humane. I don’t buy that. I phoned the city to complain about the lack of enforcement. I encounter dog poop on the trails and wildlife harassment from these pets that are running loose. A couple of years ago the laws allowed dogs in the park, on lese and on-trail only. Well, that’s a joke.Though there is lots of poop from the geese, now there is poop from the dogs on the trail and I see so much garbage left behind from the humans.it is hard to take a photo without garbage in it.

There is over population-people are not supposed to feed the birds. But as you see in these photos there is total disregard for the signs. they sit in front of the signs and feed the birds little knowing that this behaviour is the cause of the over-population and the poop and of the movement to chase the birds away.


After reading the sign I approached people like a mad middle-aged woman that I am, yelling about how the city hates the ducks and geese.They laughed at me and said “oh ya, we hate the geese”. as they threw bread to them. (I was acting crazy, I was crazy with grief over the loss of green space in this city and the wildlife within its boundaries) Last year when I kindly told a man that bread is bad for them. he replied that I was a know-it-all, that these geese are his “friends” and he fed them whole grain bread because it was better for them. He also told me to f-off.

Some of the people that come to the park say they like the geese. You are killing them with your kindness. Yes there are lots, they will never be extinct this year.. One generation lost at this park  won’t make a big dint. One person feeding isn’t a big deal . But when you multiply that by hundreds it is a big deal.

I phoned the city  number for animal control that was listed on the U of A sheet and the person that i spoke to didn’t realize the city number for animal control is on the sheet and said that she did not realize the full extent of the actions that the university was taking.When I talked to someone at the university they said the goal of the city is to chase  the fowlaway from the parks.

I asked why there was no enforcement by the by-law officers. There are, but there are only two for all the parks in the city and more are being trained for the summer months. I am not sure what I believe.I have had an inkling that the city wanted to chase the birds away since I saw the fake coyotes last year before the big triathelon and heard talk of beaches and swimming pools.

Gosh, just think, if the city enforced the park by-laws, this may be a good way to keep some of the geese and ducks,   hire staff to educate families about nature and gee, it might even  be a good way to raise money for the new hockey arena that is costing billions.

10 responses

  1. Maxine Lozinski

    Yes, it is a shame to get rid of what the PEOPLE come to the parks to see (wildlife and nature), and yes, it is the PEOPLE that are causing the problems by feeding the birds, and the same PEOPLE who will be sitting on the park benches wondering where all the birds have gone. Some PEOPLE never learn!
    Good for you, for letting the city and U of A know your thoughts on the situation.

    May 21, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    • Thanks for your support. Don’t hesitate to express yourself. 😉

      May 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      • melanerpes

        Express yourself to the city, parks department, fish and wildlife, the bird seed and feed shops who sell to these people who dump kilos of feed and keep the birds there in unnatural numbers. AND, experss yourself to the offenders. Make it known you don’t like what they are doing to our wildlife.

        If they would stop feeding, the city wouldn’t have to take other measures to control the geese. As it stands now, this is a last resort, oiling the eggs in the spring, and constantly moving them around and unsettling them. We have a geese population that has for several generations now been changed into an abused population. Yes, it’s abuse what people are doing and how that is chaning the geese from their natural species behaviour.

        Speak up when you see people feeding them.

        September 13, 2013 at 8:01 am

  2. You go girl! It’s true…there are always a few people that don’t care about their actions and ruin things for the masses. I think most people in this world today need a good NCIS head slap. Wake up!

    May 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    • Ha Ha! I get it-one of my favourite shows.

      May 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm

  3. Well said Jane! I ditto Maxine and David. And David, you cracked me up with NCIS lol, one of our fave shows too!

    May 22, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    • David is a good photographer-and cracks me up,too. Thanks for your comments, Donna.

      May 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm

  4. Geese have been problem in Helsinki also nearly about ten years. Also rabbits are spreading from our capital to the more Northern areas.

    May 26, 2013 at 1:04 am

    • We have areas in the city where the rabbits are very prolific. Why are the geese a problem? Too many? Too much poop? Damage to property? I live in an apartment building and there are apartments all along this street. The geese sit on top of a building around the corner and their honking echoes off all the buildings along the back alley. Thank goodness it isn’t all the time and not as bad as people’s car alarms going off continuously, over and over. Now THAT’S annoying!.

      May 26, 2013 at 1:53 am

      • Geese poop are ”full” on some parks, not everywhere. In Helsinki there are many beautiful parks but geese are acting like “angry Birds” and like being “owners of the world”. This is my personal opinion concerning Helsinki.

        May 26, 2013 at 5:48 am

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