Part I
 
Tasks Performed by Growers

Part I describes procedures that growers can do, with or without technical assistance. These procedures include setting up goose-proof exclosures as outlined in Section A. Section B describes how to perform the ground truthing and monitoring of goose activity. Other impacts are also recorded during field visits such as water damage, deer/elk grazing, etc. Areas are mapped and delineated with a hand-held GPS unit.

Section A: Exclosures
The primary objective of monitoring goose grazing is to accurately and reliably measure the impact of grazing on grain or seed yield. To accomplish this objective, it is necessary to compare yield from grazed areas to yield from comparable areas that are not grazed. Exclosures provide the comparable areas that are not grazed.

Section B: Ground-Truth Monitoring
To document where grazing is occurring, where flooding is a factor, and to detect any other potential impacts on yield, ground-truth monitoring is required. The ground data collection is one of the most basic methods for gathering field data.

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Contents:
Section A: Exclosures
Section B: Ground-Truth Monitoring
 
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