Kids can help in keeping geese under control |

Kids can help in keeping geese under control

Lake of the Pines homeowners have been chasing their tail feathers for a long time. I am referring to efforts to reduce the community’s resident Canada geese population.

“Resident” refers to geese that no longer migrate because they have found suitable year-round habitats. These sedentary birds number more than 3 million nationwide, a population so large that Line 2 of the 2010 Census asks “How many Canada geese are living in or around this household?”

The Waterfowl Com- mittee at LOP has had some success in keeping the birds in check and follows guidelines set forth by the U.S. Humane Society, but there is more to be done.

One way to assist the committee in keeping geese from reproducing this season is to enlist the help of our youth. Instead of staging two separate events, the LOP Kids’ Eggstravaganza egg hunt and the ongoing hazing of these intruders, why not combine activities into one big Goose Egg Hunt?

Line up sugar-happy tots in all parks where geese nests have been discovered. The children can chase birds away, then search out and raid the nest of its precious, albumen-rich contents.

Once back at the clubhouse, kids would exchange goose eggs for candy. This way, they learn about nature while controlling the goose population. Additionally, Food and Beverage would be able to use fresh eggs as an Easter brunch entree – perhaps a goose egg and fois gras scramble.

Seriously, the annual egg hunt at LOP in its original format is a fantastic event. It begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 3, with an egg hunt (candy eggs) near the clubhouse. The event includes games, a cake walk, raffle and food to purchase.

To donate baked goods, prizes, or to volunteer, contact Kim Rose at (530) 268-0816.

Brunch is being served in LOP on Easter Sunday. The menu includes omelets, prime rib, honey-glazed ham, pancakes, red potatoes, salad bar, bacon, fruit, pastries, desserts, and more. For reservations, call (530) 268-1141. The adult price is $18.95, children 6-11 are $8.95, and children 5 and under are free.

Swim away Easter candy and brunch calories at the LOP pool on Monday, April 5. The heated pool will be open for one week during the spring school recess beginning at 12 p.m. A full schedule is available on

Plan to attend the April 1 Fool’s Gold Film Festival, sponsored by Bear River High School’s PTSA. This event will feature scores of creative clips created by students and community members. The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for students.

The festival is from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. It is being held in the BRHS Theater. Winners of the Best Math Video competition will be announced at the event, and the five top student entries will receive a cash award of $200, thanks to a grant from Professional Learning Systems.

Before the show, be sure to schedule dinner at Dollar Taco Night starting at 5:30 p.m., where tacos, drinks, and popcorn are $1 each.

PTSA Vice President Sherrie Reafsnyder, the video production teacher at BRHS, has been uploading this year’s entries. She said the PTSA plan to use proceeds from this event to finance some student tutoring and other programs that are being eliminated due shrinking school budgets.

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