There was a concern in one of the ponds in Riverside Village (Garden City) was poisoned as homeowners are finding dead geese, goslings, ducks and ducklings all over the area, on driveways and parks.
The cause (thankfully NOT poison), but rather Avian Flu.
I was told there has not been an outbreak like this since 2017.
There is nothing that can be done as there is no vaccine or cure.
People can dispose of any carcasses if they choose to, as Fish & Game does not have the manpower to remove them. You are able to dispose of the carcasses but it is recommended to use a shovel or double gloves and a secure bag to place them in and throw in a dumpster.
Being this is transferred from bird to bird, if anyone has chickens, to be extra cautious.
Please be advised that lawn mowers and other such large equipment should not be used on pedestrian easements to access property along the nature path. These easements are for pedestrian use.
Keep in mind, the property along the easement belongs to a fellow home owner, and use of such equipment has a negative impact on their property by quickly destroying sod and creating ruts.
Landscape companies, or other companies needing to access property behind the homes along the path with large equipment should enter at the entrance to the path, rather than at an easement.
Please inform your landscaper of this issue immediately, if you're aware that they are utilizing an easement to access your lawn.
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Noxious Weed Awareness
This Noxious Weed List (website) contains information about Idaho's 66 noxious weeds.
Idaho Weed Awareness: Every year, noxious weeds cause our state over $300 million in lost revenue.
"Native plants have grown up here and have adapted to our neighborhoods, day length, extremes of heat and cold, soils of the desert and ancient river benches...."
Our Ponds and Waterways
We ask homeowners to always be cognizant of our ponds and help in the following ways:
LITTER: Avoid littering and pick up litter when possible.
FERTILIZER & TREATMENTS: Please do not fertilize any of the common area grasses or trees without permission from the Landscape Manager. Fertilizers end up in the ponds if spread too close to their edges. Do not treat ponds for algae.
VEHICLE MAINTENANCE: Take care in washing cars to avoid spillage of detergent and oils that end up as a sheen of oils and soaps on the water of our ponds.
FISHING: Please enjoy fishing Riverside Village.
Fishing is for residents and their families only; guests are allowed only with the resident present.
Catch-and-release techniques should be used on our ponds.
Barb-less hooks, artificial lures and flies should be used exclusively.
Idaho Weed Awareness
Every year, noxious weeds cause our state over $300 million in lost revenue.
For more information on milfoil and taxifolia please read the Idaho Noxious Weed Alert Brochure.