How dare Doug Blonsky call Canada Geese dirty animals!|
See a response at the end of these photographs from The Central Park Conservancy to a concerned sympathizer of our Canada Geese.
Boathouse Restaurant garbage.
I have been observing this disgusting parking lot area for many years.
I always wondered how such poor garbage management could go unaddressed in such a place as Central Park, when this would certainly be a violation of Department of Health and/or Department of Sanitation laws in the city streets.
I don't think this will go unpenalized in the Third World.
Aside from laws and regulations, what grade of human beings will entice wild hungry animals to come and feed and then put poison right in their path?
These baiting stations (Protecta, made by Bell Labs) contain 'Contrac' manufactured by Bell Labs--active ingredient 'Bromadiolone'.
"In the course of the last seven-year period, there have not been any recorded cases of hawks or other raptors being poisoned by the active ingredient": a quote from Doug Blonsky, President of the Central Park Conservancy. This man continues to lie about the Conservancy's rotenticide program and he must be stopped (read a necropsy report where Bromodiolone was the cause of death in a red-tailed hawk). Bromodiolone just killed three baby hawks in Riverside Park on May 10th, 2008.
Contrac seen here contains the active ingredient 'Bromodiolene'--this is one of the poisons which killed the Riverside Park baby hawks.
I thought that I would forward to you the response I received from Blonsky. What a bunch of rubbish!
Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 16:49:41 -0400
From: "Doug Blonsky"
Subject: Geese Police in Central Park
To: Diane D.
The NYC Department of Parks & Recreation has forwarded your email concerning the Geese Police in Central Park.
The Canada Goose is the only waterfowl that reacts to Border Collies at all. Scientists believe that it has something to do with the positions of the eyes, ears, and head in relation to their body that perfectly mimics a natural predator of Canada Geese. The method of using Border Collies to harass Canada Geese is endorsed by both the Humane Society and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Other waterfowl are unfazed by the movements and whereabouts of the Border Collies. The dogs are trained to be highly focused and only go after Canada Geese. The dog handlers are very conscious of birds in area, such as mallards, egrets, etc, who seem unfazed by all the wing flapping and water churning by the large geese.
The dogs do not react to any outside distractions, including a well-meaning human wanting to pet them or even another dog trying to make friends. These highly trained Border Collies are actually under very tight control by their handlers and respond to whistle calls and verbal calls from their handlers.
The intention of the Conservancy is to make a home for a wide variety of wildlife throughout the year. However, the Canada Geese have presented a very challenging problem. Being partially migratory animals prone to staying where food is available has led them to Central Park as one of such place, since some Parkgoers feed them.
During the long and cold winter months, people who have been feeding the geese (mostly inappropriate foods like rice, bread, and meat) are no longer around. The geese turn to the shoreline to find the starchiest foods available during this period to serve their high caloric needs. They peck away at the shoreline, exposing fresh and tender roots of grasses, sedges, rushes, cattails, and a whole host of other shoreline plants, weakening the plants in dormancy, which then die, thus destabilizing the soil and priming it for erosion. The problem does not stop there, though.
The daily waste produced by the geese is abundant on the lawns, rendering them unusable for picnics or simply sitting down. Also, the nutrients from the waste go into the water body, adding elements such as phosphorus, which can fertilize an algae bloom. Algae bloom makes a fish kill all the more possible because of the negative effects an immediate abundance of decomposing algae can have on an aquatic ecosystem. We are trying very hard to promote a healthy and sustainable ecosystem in the Park that supports a wide variety of life, both flora and fauna. We need to intervene when that system is threatened, such as by the presence of Canada Geese.
The use of Border Collies as the means of intervention does not affect other waterfowl fowl, as I have already pointed out, and no other means has worked.
If you have further concerns, please feel free to call Matthew Brown, the Conservancy's Supervisor of our Soil, Water, and Ecology Lab, 212 348-4211.
President, Central Park Conservancy
and Central Park Administrator
Mission: To restore, manage, and preserve Central Park,
in partnership with the public,
for the enjoyment of present and future generations.