BEACH WATER QUALITY PROGRAMS

 

One of the most critical responsibilities in beach management is the safety of the beach patrons and swimmers. Bacterial Water Quality plays a huge role in whether or not a beach will be open for swimming, as the risk of disease outbreaks increase when water bacterial counts are high.  Beaches also know that a closed beach is bad for business.  Bird populations such as gulls and geese can have a huge impact on bacterial water quality, beach curb appeal, and the visitors’ experiences. The bird droppings make messes and contain potentially disease causing bacteria; one gull dropping can have as many as 3,000,000 E. coli as well as diseases like Salmonella and Campylobacter. 

HOW WE CAN HELP

Wild Goose Chase has been helping clients improve their beach's water quality with specialized programs for over 10 years. The programs use a combination of deterrent and harassment techniques including trained border collies to provide a humane and effective method for reducing the number of birds and volume of bird feces present on beaches directly impacting beach water quality. Each program is tailored to each property’s layout and the biology and behavior of the bird species causing the issue. We record data and perform sanitary surveys and community outreach and education programs about beach work. 

Wild Goose Chase also completes research and consulting on how birds can negatively impact water quality.  We have experience working with over a dozen beaches in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin and our beach consulting is offered nationwide.

HOW TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF BIRDS ON YOUR BEACH? 

1. Don’t feed the birds! Hand feeding of geese, ducks, and gulls is one of the biggest draws to a recreational beach. It is bad for the birds, bad for the beach, and bad for the families trying to enjoy the beach! Most beaches have ordinances against feeding the birds. Please follow these rules and keep them enforced.

2. Pick up trash and use provided receptacles! Trash is another big attractant to birds like gulls. Keeping the trash off of the beach and safe in closed containers will help reduce bird numbers.

3. Clean up accumulated algae mats and dead fish that wash up on shore. These are other food sources that draw birds to beaches and create health risks of their own. 

4. Contact Wild Goose Chase to develop a site specific plan to manage pest bird issues at your beach.


WILD GOOSE CHASE - IN THE NEWS

Beaches filled on Independence Day thanks to Parks Department
WTMJ-TV Milwaukee, 7/4/2017

Wild Goose Chase Underway at East Chicago Beach
nwitimes.com, 6/29/2017

Microbe-Free Beaches, Thanks to Dogs
ScienceMag.org, 7/31/2012