RESIDENT GEESE ARE
DESTROYING SALT MARSH
K’ómoks First Nation’s (KFN) Guardian Watchmen have teamed up with the Guardians of Mid-Island Estuaries Society to help deal with an emerging threat to the K’ómoks Estuary. The Guardians Society has been successfully rehabilitating Vancouver Island estuaries since 2010, and has been studying resident Canada geese – one of the main sources of estuary damage since 2008.
Resident Goose Management
These resident geese overgraze the vegetation and grub the roots of the ‘marsh platform’ – a thick accumulation of nutrient-dense soils from land, freshwater aquatic and marine sources bound together by vegetation.
By reviving cultural practices and innovating restoration techniques, the Guardians are preventing rich soils from being eroded and washed away with the tides.
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