Goose management program uses harmless blasts of sound

Stong Pond
The Stong Pond is located on the Keele campus

Between March 15 and May 1, members of the community may hear occasional bursts of loud sounds (similar to the sound of fireworks) down by Stong Pond. These “pyrotechnics” are part of York University’s goose management program, and they will occur between 9am and 6pm, with a frequency of two to three times per week for no more than 10 minutes per session.

Trained professionals will launch the pyrotechnics from a pistol-shaped device to make noise that will discourage goose settlements. This method is commonly used for managing the goose population, and its application at York University has been approved by Environment Canada. No birds will be harmed by this strategy; it is simply a method to encourage them to leave the site.

The intention is to maintain the population at a manageable level by creating an unwelcome environment. Overpopulation of the geese presents a health and safety concern for people, pets and other wildlife, and causes damage to property. The intent is to maintain a safe environment for community members and wildlife.

For more information, contact:

Meagan Heath 
Manager, Facility Operations Director,
Athletics & Recreation
Telephone: 416-736-2100 ext. 77214

Bob Smith
Director, Custodial, Grounds & Glendon
Campus Services & Business Operations
Telephone: 416-736-2100 ext. 22373