Goose Education and Awareness Plan - Overview
The Goose Education and Awareness Committee is dedicated to providing tools and resources to the University community about our native goose population. Just like humans, they too want to enjoy our grounds in the spring. With proper education and awareness, we can coexist safely in our environment without incident.

To prepare for nesting season, Physical Plant is continually looking for well-known nesting areas, such as above ground planters; these spaces will be covered with mesh wire to promote nesting in less high traffic locations. Where installing mesh wire is not feasible, areas are being treated with coyote urine, simulating predator prey type interactions geese may encounter in less metropolitan areas, causing them to choose new nesting locations.

Once a nest is successfully established, Physical Plant will install signage nearby to alert pedestrian traffic to the proximity of a nesting goose. This signage is for the pedestrian’s safety as much as it is for the nesting female and her mate; it is important that both groups are not intimidated by one another’s presence. Therefore, if you see signage, please consider an alternate path.

Want to be even more proactive in planning your trek across campus? Visit our active nesting sites page, which is continually updated with the location of nesting sites across campus.

Once the goslings have hatched, to help welcome them into the world, Physical Plant will provide safe access off of roof tops.

During the course of their migration, the geese spend a significant time on our campus grounds. If at any point in time you feel the need to report a goose related problem, please contact Physical Plant by e-mail goose@umanitoba.ca or phone 204-474-6281. For more information regarding what to report, visit our Report a Goose webpage.