Jim Barnett Park addresses goose problem

The City of Winchester’s Public Services Department is attempting a new strategy to curb the geese pollution problem at Wilkin’s Lake in Jim Barnett Park.

Residents may notice border collies at the pond through July as part of a new, humane maintenance program.

The highly-trained dogs will be stationed at the pond.

When confronted with a goose, they will  crouch, stalk, and present a menacing “wolf like” gaze.

This will make the goose think that it is confronting a predator and move on to a different location.

The goal of the program is to use the geese predator fearing instincts to teach them that Wilkin’s Lake is not an acceptable location for them to nest or feed.

No geese will be harmed by the dogs.

Border Collies are often employed for similar roles at golf courses, airports, and other recreational spaces due to their ability to herd while maintaining their composure to not harm the target.

A single goose produces around 1,000 pounds of manure in one year.

Geese pollution can lead to poor water quality, low oxygen levels in water, and harmful algae blooms.

If you have any questions about this new initiative, contact the Grounds Maintenance department at 540-662-4946 ext. 1171.  

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SU celebrates the community with a fireworks display

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Shenandoah University (SU) will host the first ever fall festival fireworks show at 8 p.m. Saturday Sept. 18.

The University is celebrating the broader community and offering the display as a way of honoring and thanking the community in helping the institution achieve it’s recent successes.

The school hopes to make the display an annual event each mid Sept.

SU is asking that the display be viewed from the convenient public parking around the campus.

Areas like Jim Barnett Park closer to Wilkins Lake will offer some of the best viewing.

Should it rain the fireworks show will be moved to Sunday Sept. 19.

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Winchester Park and Recreation summer events

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Winchester Parks and Recreation announces their summertime events.

This Saturday Jun. 12 you are invite to swim under the stars at Jim Barnett pool from 7 to 11 p.m.

No registration is required for the swim with fun activities and music provided.

Next Sat. Jun. 19 from 7 to 10 a.m. is the Family Day Fishing Rodeo at Wilkins Lake.

Registration for the rodeo can be made through the 18 or the day of the event at the lake call (540) 662-4946 for more information.

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