By Sultan Jessa
Canada Geese may be native to our country but they are certainly not our national bird contrary to what many people believe.
In fact during more than three decades spent in Cornwall, there was always a struggle to get rid of these birds from public parks and particularly golf courses.
I remember some parks had specially trained dogs to get rid of these birds because of what they left behind.
Canada geese are grazers and prefer grass, especially fertilized lawn grass.
They tend to forage in areas with open sight lanes and access to water where they can see and escape predators.
Not far from where I now reside in Pierrefonds, Quebec, there are literally thousands of Canada geese, and believe me, they make a real mess, Canada geese droppings are everywhere.
The golf courses near Cornwall and the Upper Canada Village have been dealing with this problem for years.
Many people in Canada and also in the neighboring United States consider these birds a real nuisance because they defecate everywhere, raising ire of people who use certain areas for recreation and sports. People are also very concerned about health and safety.
As we are celebrating our national holiday, Denver, Colorado has enough of our unofficial birds. Denver estimated more than 5,000 geese take up residence every year, producing up to 5,000 pounds of droppings each day and polluting city’s waterways and parks.
For years, Denver has been trying to deal with this annoying problem. Now thousands of Canada geese are ending up in dinner plates to feed homeless and hungry people. Some groups are obviously not happy about this.
Above post is the last we received from our dear friend Sultan Jessa. Sultan passed away on August 22, 2019 at age of 77. For many, many years, Sultan shared stories on wide variety of topics. His stories over the years may have been specific to highlight certain individuals or specific location which may not connect with worldwide audience, but he still continued to share. Sultan never cared for personal fame. He never wrote to make himself popular. He just kept on doing what he loved to do until his last days.
Sultan, your guidance and friendship will be immensely missed. We (Ismailimail Team) will continue to move forward sharing good quality content with the world just like you always guided us to do.
In honour of Sultan’s immense contribution to our blog, we will be highlighting one story of his per day for the next seven days through our FB and Twitter accounts using hashtag #ThankyouSultanJessa