Magpie Geese on mango orchards update

Throughout the mango season, Charles Darwin University PhD student Amélie Corriveau worked closely with local farmers and NT Field and Game Association to develop new methods for reducing the impact of Magpie Geese on mango orchards.

Charles Darwin University PhD student Amélie Corriveau with a Magpie Goose. Photo credit: Damien Stanioch.

Charles Darwin University PhD student Amélie Corriveau with a Magpie Goose. Photo credit: Damien Stanioch.

Amélie said, “this year a few different experiments were conducted and goose scaring methods evaluated. Although we have not thoroughly examined the data, some of these field approaches and methods seem promising.”

Now that the mango harvest is over, the researchers have the time to examine the data more closely, and will be providing updates throughout the year.

The success of this initiative relies highly on strong collaborations between researchers and farmers.

The team at Charles Darwin University is keen to hear from mango farmers with a goose problem, and who may be interested in allowing the researchers to conduct goose mitigation trials in 2017.

If you are interested, please email amelie.corriveau@cdu.edu.au.