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For Release: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

DEC Cancels Wilson Hill Goose Drive

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is cancelling this year's annual Wilson Hill Wildlife Management (WMA) Goose Drive due to low water levels.

"The Wilson Hill Goose Drive is a great opportunity for the public to interact with our staff and it is extremely popular with participants" said Judy Drabicki, Regional Director. "The goose drive provides the public the opportunity to assist with wildlife management and learn about Canada geese. Region 6 Bureau of Wildlife staff anticipates goose drives in future years and will reach out for volunteers at that time."

In past years, DEC wildlife staff and volunteers herded geese along the length of the WMA into holding pens, where biologists determine the age and sex of the geese, then band and release them back into the marsh. However, water levels are currently being manipulated for habitat management purposes and the traditional banding site and refuge pool off of Route 131 will not be available this year to catch geese. Water level management in Wilson Hill and other Region 6 WMAs mimics natural dry cycles, which benefit wetland vegetation and the wildlife species that depend on that vegetation for food and protective cover.

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