Gardiner, Washington

Marc & Christie Lassen

Marc & Christie Lassen

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Gardiner, Washington

275953 Highway 101
Gardiner, WA 98382

Phone: (360) 797-7100
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Store Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Comments:
Did you know we are much more than a bird feeding store? We have 65+ local artists works in our shop, we specialize in recycled plastic patio furniture as well as the best selection of bird feeding supplies on the Olympic Peninsula. Stop by and charge your electric vehicle at our free charging station, take a walk through our beautiful public garden with a breath-taking view of Discovery Bay or just come in for a visit with our shop cat, Luther. We look forward to seeing you in Gardiner!

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Problems With Canada Geese

Nesting increases aggressive behavior. Canada geese become more aggressive when they breed and nest in spring and summer. This is when the birds often come into conflict with people in urban areas.

 

Canada geese readily use urban habitats around apartments, office complexes and golf courses. While their human neighbors generally appreciate the birds, large numbers of birds often lead people in search of solutions to the growing goose population problem. Overabundant Canada geese cause problems due to their droppings, overgrazing of lawns, destruction of crops and gardens, and aggressive behavior. There is a variety of short- and long-term suggestions for dealing with goose conflicts. The combination of habitat alteration, hazing and legal hunting can help in long term goose management. Developers have created the perfect habitat for geese in areas with small ponds, gently sloping banks, and nicely groomed lawns. If you want to lower goose numbers in your area, then you need to create a habitat that is not so attractive to geese. Growing tall grasses, cattails or shrubs near water edges create natural barriers for geese. Although geese can fly over these barriers, they will often move to another, more appealing, area. It has been suggested that you leave a strip of unmowed shoreline 20 to 30 feet wide planted with native grasses and wildflowers, dense shrubs or ivy. In some cases, hazing and scaring can deter geese from nesting or staying in an area. Hazing techniques are non-injurious and might include something as simple as clapping hands and chasing birds to using loud propane cannons. Some people also have success with visual frightening devices such as mylar balloons swaying in the wind a few feet off the ground. Hazing is most effective when done before geese become accustomed to an area. Once geese have settled in, they are difficult to scare away. Nest destruction, before eggs are laid, can also dissuade geese from making an area home. It is legal to destroy Canada goose nests only while there are no eggs. After eggs are laid, goose nests are protected by federal law. It is illegal to disturb or destroy goose eggs without a permit. In severe cases of overpopulation, the USFWS or DNR may issue a permit for egg destruction. Various Divisions of Fish and Wildlife have tried to relocate geese in the past, but found the practice ineffective. Geese have strong homing instincts and often return to the area where they were captured, even after being relocated hundreds of miles away. Landowners may obtain a permit to relocate geese themselves or hire trained nuisance animal control personnel to provide the service. There are no magic tricks or potions that will solve goose problems. And, often times the solutions are not fast and may not be easy.