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Goose numbers worth a gander

A Department of Environmental Conservation biologist count of resident Canada geese in New York State put their population at about three times the state's habitat capacity.

While an acceptable count of 85,000 or less geese would be good, a 2011 DEC survey pegged their numbers at about 207,000 birds. Lethal (shooting) removal can only be conducted during open hunting seasons. But land owners and managers with incursions of nuisance geese are encouraged to take steps early in the nesting season to discourage goose nesting.

Geese should be chased away from an area before eggs are laid in nests. After that, egg addling (coating eggs with corn oil) or puncturing eggs will not reduce goose numbers, but it might offer some relief to property owners where adults harbor their broods.

For more drastic measures, a DEC permit is required. To find out more about nuisance-removal options and obtain permits, go to www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7003.html.

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EAB training session

All interested in controlling emerald ash borer infestation can attend a free training session at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve May 18 from 1 to 5 p.m.

The session, held in the preserve's Environmental Education Center at 93 Honorine Drive (off Como Park Blvd.) in Depew, will provide first-detector assistance in dealing with this invasive insect that menaces huge stands of ash trees.

The session is open to all and does not require a tree-management background or professional arborist status; however, pre-registration is required. To register, call (607) 334-5841 (ext. 16).

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Smelt festival set

With this year's slogan "Lewiston never smelt so good!" how can the Lewiston Smelt Festival be more aromatic?

Starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Niagara Rivers Anglers Association will offer that inviting odor of battered and fried smelt at the Lewiston Landing, 115 N. Water St. Visitors can enjoy smelt samples, live music and the aura of spring's arrival on the lower Niagara River.

For more details on this event, call 754-9500 or go to niagarariverregion.com.

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