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Geese, particularly Canada geese, are native to the artic and temperate regions of North America. They like coastal areas, marshes and places near the water but they can also be found inland. At one point, their population increased so much that they became a public nuisance causing an outcry for their control. Thus, it?s no surprise that they have often been suspected of contaminating the waters with their feces. The pathogenic microorganisms in the geese fecal droppings can create a public health threat. Goose feces contain harmful bacteria, which cause Swimmer?s Itch and hypersensitivity pneumonitis to humans exposed to them.

Point Sources of Gull Fecal Pollution

Goose droppings are discharged from a single, identifiable source.

Direct Deposit

The Canada goose is characterized by a black head and neck, white patches on the face, and a brown body. They usually nest close to water bodies. Canada geese are primarily herbivores but they are also known to eat small insects and fish. Thus, geese naturally congregate around water. It has been said that a goose can poop every seven minutes, reaching up to one pound per day. When thousands of geese congregate, they can produce a horrendous amount of droppings. Beaches have been closed off because of the high counts of fecal bacteria caused by geese droppings.

Non-Point Source of Gull Fecal Pollution

Fecal matter from geese winds up in water bodies in a diffuse manner.

Runoff

As chiefly vegetarian eaters, geese consume many types of grains, grasses, seeds, sedges. In the mornings and in late afternoons, geese can be found grazing in corn, wheat, or soybean fields. They can also be found at golf courses. At urban environments, Canadian geese like feeding on lawn grass. Normally, geese are migratory birds but it has been observed that some have stopped migrating south during winter. Humans are at fault for giving free hand-outs to these geese. Thus, geese poop are all over the place in non-aquatic areas. When the rain falls, the geese poop can make their way into water systems as part of the urban and agricultural runoff.
 
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