Derry authority starts an egg hunt of its own
While goose eggs are not brightly colored or filled with chocolate, Derry Borough Municipal Authority has issued a real-life Easter egg hunt.
Officials are hoping to cut down on the resident Canada geese population that has reached as high as 900 around 30-acre Ethel Lake, which supplies the water system.
“They'll come in and out, and in the summer they like to stay when they lose their feathers,” said Amy Forsha, assistant manager of the authority.
With nesting season under way, the authority is asking residents to seek out the eggs. Each found egg through April 10 will mean a $1 reward for the finder.
Authority workers have received a permit to oil the eggs from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and have studied materials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Once residents show where a nest is located, authority workers will rub the eggs with corn oil and mark them with an ‘X.'
“The corn oil will block the pores to block the air and keep the embryo from developing,” she said, adding that the eggs must remain in the nests or the geese will lay more.
In September, the authority contracted a Johnstown-based pest control agent to harass the geese in a $1,600, six-month trial.
Larry Crespo, of Crespo Wildlife Services, visited the lake and encouraged the geese to take flight, using a kayak, remote-controlled boat and dog.
After the authority was presented a longer-term contract to harass the geese and treat the eggs for $7,000, Forsha said, the authority decided to try other methods.
“Due to funds, we decided to discontinue using his services,” she said.
Authority workers studied a six-minute video, which instructs how to fend off geese from the nests and apply the oil.
Resident Canada geese, so named because they do not migrate, are particularly adaptable to human surroundings, which is why areas of “conflict” sometimes develop, said Carol Bannerman, public affairs specialist with USDA Wildlife Services.
“When we encounter those situations, we try and use an integrated approach,” she said, using many options to help resolve overcrowding in areas such as Ethel Lake, where at highest count the geese numbered up to 900.
Forsha said officials were not sure how many nests to expect during the nesting season, but recalled about two dozen young in four to five nests last year.
Derry Township supervisor Vince DeCario said he doesn't want goose droppings and feathers affecting Derry's drinking water.
“There's way too many up there,” said DeCario, who also serves on the authority board that oversees the lake that bisects the border between Derry Township and the borough. “Animals are one thing, but humans are another thing; they're No. 1 for me.”
Pennsylvania Game Commission spokesman Joe Neville said the permit to control geese helps measure the population and track data like location and species.
“It allows us to control the situation so there aren't unintended consequences,” he said.
Anyone out trying to spot the geese should not approach nests, which might provoke an attack.
Forsha also reminds visitors to the lake to avoid the wetlands area on the backside of the lake and that no one is permitted to climb on the rocks near the dam breast.
Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- 11 Ligonier Township residents rescued by boat from floodwaters
- Spirit Airlines puts Chicago on its flight path
- Unity planners OK proposal for Route 30 retail development
- Westmoreland historical society holding antiques appraisal
- Harsh February leaves Westmoreland communities short on road salt
- Mt. Pleasant Glass Museum to kick off Speaker Series with stories of Jeannette
- West Newton ponders adding to emergency call list
- Hempfield man to plead guilty to posing as policeman
- Charleroi woman charged in home invasion pleads, is released
- Restitution payments top record in Westmoreland County
- Jeannette teen, charged with killing another, took ‘selfie’ with body, court papers say