ROCHESTER – Goose management efforts could expand to another Rochester city park.
The Rochester Park Board will be asked on Tuesday if it wants to expand its efforts to limit egg hatch to include Quarry Hill Park this spring.
The goal is to control the number of resident geese in the city, which are the birds that do not migrate far from Rochester for part of the year.
“Our management plan will not impact migratory geese that visit Rochester during the winter and return to Canada’s arctic regions in the spring,” said Rochester Parks and Recreation Director Paul Widman, more early this month, announcing the second year of the management program. “The Goose Management Plan attempts to strike a balance between supporting wildlife and keeping parks and trails safe for residents and visitors.”
A report to the Park Board says Quarry Hill Park has seen an increase in resident goose activity over the past two years, which has interfered with the natural habitat that is home to various species.
Last year, volunteers processed eggs from 77 nests, 65 of which were found in Silver Lake Park and 12 on park land around Cascade Lake. Searches of Soldiers Field and Foster-Arends parks turned up no eggs for processing.
While volunteers treated eggs with oil to prevent hatching last year, Widman said this year’s plan will replace real eggs with ceramic replicas. It is a technique that some of the demonstrators last year preferred.
Both egg oiling and egg replacement are approved by the Humane Society of the United States. They call for testing the eggs to make sure they haven’t progressed past 14 days of the 28-day incubation period.
Eggs considered too advanced in the incubation cycle will be returned to the nests to be hatched.
At least 26 eggs hatched in city parks last year.
The park board meets at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, which will be held online. Access information is available at
If the Quarry Hill addition is approved, the park will be added to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources permit application, as it is illegal to tamper with goose nests without state and federal approval. .
Meetings scheduled for the week of February 28 include:
• City Council Study Session, Monday at 3:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of the City-County Government Center, 151 Fourth St. SE. The meeting will be broadcast live on
and be available on Spectrum Cable channel 180 or 188 and Metronet channel 80.
• Park Council, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Access information is available at
• Rochester Public Library Executive Committee, Thursday at 9 am. Access information is available at
• Physical Development Committee, 8:00 am Tuesday in Conference Room 4 of the Government Center.
• Administrative Committee, 8:00 am Tuesday in the Board Room of the Government Center.
• Board of County Commissioners, 9 am Tuesday in the Government Center Board Chambers.
• Health, Housing and Social Services Committee, Wednesday 10 am in Conference Room 4 of the Government Centre.
• Public Health Services Advisory Council, Thursday at 5:30 pm in the Cascade/Whitewater conference room at 2100 Campus Drive SE.
• Town Planning Advisory Commission, Thursday 7 pm in the board room of the government centre.
Rochester Public Schools
• School Board, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Edison Building Conference Room, 615 Seventh St. SW.