Geese also flock to Cornet Bay

Cranberry Lake isn’t the only area on North Whidbey that is being inundated with large numbers of Canada geese.

Cornet Bay, located in Deception Pass State Park east of Highway 20, is also home to a large number of the honkers.

Jack Hartt, manager of Deception Pass State Park, estimated between 90 and 100 geese are living at Cornet Bay year around. The number of birds has prompted complaints from visitors. Because Cornet Bay isn’t a swimming area, it doesn’t face the same health department closure for swimmers. However, goose droppings are an issue.

To help combat the problem, park staff are working to eliminate a favorite habitat of the geese, which is the mowed grass.

Hartt said the beach area at Cornet Bay will change to a more natural look in the coming weeks in hopes of discouraging the geese from staying in the area.


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