Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Egg Addling Program Shakes Up Canada Geese Population in Okanagan

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Egg Addling Program Shakes Up Canada Geese Population in Okanagan

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Egg addlers target Canada geese nests

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VERNON, B.C. - Airborne flocks of Canada geese can be symbols of beauty and freedom, but the mess they leave behind on landing can quickly foul parks and beaches.

The Okanagan hosts large numbers of the wild birds, and several area communities have hatched a method to handle the loads of excrement by controlling the prolific breeders.

The region's annual six-week egg addling program started Monday, with a team travelling from Vernon to Osoyoos, targeting nests of the Canada geese.

Eggs are either shaken or coated with biodegradable, food-grade corn oil, which prevents air from passing through the shell so the embryo can't develop.

Project co-ordinator Kate Hagmeier said results of the addling have paid off, with nearly 12,000 eggs prevented from hatching in the nine years since the project began. …

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