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Palemale in Central Park, Wednesday evening.

Palemale, Wednesday evening.

Palemale flying dangerously close to kite debris in his Turtle Pond tree. Almost every week I inform the Central Park Conservancy about kite string and debris stuck in trees where the hawks frequent. Doug Blonsky, president of the CP Conservancy has taken it upon himself to encourage kite flying and fishing knowing that animals will get hurt. We live in a society where we only react when there is a disaster and hardly ever feel it's justified to do anything to prevent a crisis.
The kite string and other debris comes mainly from one main source, a man (Frank Rodriguez) who comes to the Turtle Pond/Great Lawn area and fly and sell kites which always gets caught in the trees and which barely gets cleaned. Doug Blonsky and Neil Calvanese knows this and Doug himself has influenced the Parks Enforcement Patrol to not do anything about it.

Palemale (left) and his baby on Fifth Avenue, Tuesday afternoon.

Palemale hunting in Central Park, Tuesday afternoon.

Old homepage postings can be found under the 'Misc' tab above.

Palemale having a late meal on the roof of the MET.

It is still very difficult to communicate to the management of the MET that they are operating their organization in the midst of the home of many beautiful wild animals.

Palemale having a rat he just caught in Central Park.
There seem to be some hope for Zena since he has not attracted another mate thus far.

Palemale hunting in Central Park on Saturday.

There has been no sightings of Zena from any reliable person in more than two weeks now and I am afraid that she is presently confirmed missing and presumed dead.
If her body was found by any one of the culprits that put rat poison out, including any of the museums and especially the Central Park Conservancy, it will be kept secret and disposed of without any public announcement.

Palemale & Zena's only healthy baby continues to hunt in Central Park on Friday evening. He is depending on pure chance not to be a victim of rat poison like his two siblings.

The Museum of Natural History gave us a slap in the face! They removed all the old bait stations around the museum and replaced them with new ones (with some extra placements), but they still contain the Brodifacoum poison.
I guess they have made a firm statement that they just do not care.
This is what happens when these poisons get into the hawks' body via the rats they consume--NYS DEC Necropsy Reports published on their wensite for Lima and three other hawks found dead in Central Park earlier this year.

Palemale with another freshly caught rat in Central Park on Thursday.

Palemale eating a rat which he caught on Wednesday evening along the 86th Street Transverse, near the Central Park Police Precinct.

Palemale with a rat caught in Central Park on Tuesday evening where dangerous rodenticides are still being used.

Although the Central Park Conservancy claims that they are no longer using any rat poison in the park there are some areas which are privately managed that continue to use these poisons which continue to kill and sicken our precious wildlife.
The residential buildings outside of Central Park use these poisons also where rats are likely to ingest them and come into the feeding areas of the hawks.
The known culprits for using these dangerous poisons are:
1. Loeb Boathouse Restaurant.
2. Central Park Police Precinct.
3. Museum of Natural History.
4. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
5. 5th Ave/59th St Subway station (N/R Line).
6. 81st Street Subway Station (C/B Line).
7. 72nd Street Subway Station (C/B Line).
8. Columbus Circle Subway Station.

Palemale eating a rat he caught on Wednesday evening close to the Central Park Precinct.


Palemale & Zena's two poisoned babies are being cared for by Bobby & Cathy Horvath. This couple has been extremely responsive to many wildlife emergencies in Manhattan even if they are located so far away in Long Island.

Please help them to continue their valuable work;

Wildlife in Need of Rescue & Rehabilitation (WINORR)
202 N. Wyoming Avenue
N. Massapequa , N.Y. 11758


Wednesday August 8th:
All the bait stations are still present at Museum of Natural History. It is now certain that they know about the dangerous rodenticide (Brodifacoum) and is showing that they do not care about the consequences.

Tuesday August 7th:

"Hi Lincoln:
I saw Zena and Pale Male standing on their nest about 10:00 am Monday morning.
Mark M."

Zena has not been seen for several days now.

Palemale calling on Monday evening. Zena still has not been seen by anyone.

If I ever escaped the confinements of the human form and found myself wandering in oblivion in search of a new life, and if I had free choice of which that new life were to be, I will wish that my wandering land me here on the muddy edge of this very pond standing put on this bed of damp moss and decaying twigs, only for a small chance to befriend this humble fellow mammal.
If she accepts me as her friend, I will do my best to comfort her and ask her forgiveness of the human race for banishing her and mistreating her for all these centuries. I will beg that she allow me to walk with her through all her favorite places along the bank of the pond and forage and sip water together so that our mouths could meet and so I could look more closely into her eyes and admire her true beauty. I would never encourage her to drop her guard against the human trespassers, however I’ll teach her to convert her fear for them into pity.
I will ask to touch her hands and feel her fingers and marvel how closely they resemble mine when I was a human. She may allow me to put my hand on her chest and feel her warm blood and beating heart. I may get an opportunity to follow her to her home and see her eager young babies anxious to suck milk from her body and be comforted that their mother is safely back home to be close to them.
And some force may ask me if I’m sure that this is indeed the new life that I really want, and I’ll confirm with them that it certainly is.
And maybe that force will attempt to persuade me to the other choices at my disposal...a lion, an eagle, a shark, a red tail hawk... And the force may remind me of what a perilous life awaits if I did make that choice complete. The force may show me how in my new life as a rat I may be poisoned, and I may be captured by a scientist to spend the rest of my life being tortured and injected with experimental drugs, and electrocuted or dismembered and left to bask in pain until I’m left to wander again.
By then, after careful consideration, I may look at my new friend sitting quietly in a soft dry corner of her hole and I may see her baby suckling on her breast and her eye may catch a little sunlight that forced its way into her narrow home and I’ll say to the force wholeheartedly that this is indeed my choice.

(from Photographed & written July 30, 2005.)

August 4th: Bait stations at both the Natural History and the Boathouse restaurant still not removed.

August 3rd: Bait stations still not removed from Natural History Museum.

August 2nd: I found out tonight that the Loeb Boathouse has once again begun to use the dangerous Bromodiolone rat Poison, this after the owner promised (and actually did for a while) me that he will no longer use rat poison. They are using Bell Labs Contrac with Bromodiolone. I have no idea how long this poison has been out but I feel betrayed. The CP Conservancy also promised that they have stopped using rat poison but they too are cut from the same cloth as the Boathouse owner so how can I be sure? The Conservancy can certainly help identify where there is rat poison but they cower behind the excuse that they have 'no control' of the entire park.

Palemale & Zena's only healthy baby caught a mouse next to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Although this museum removed two bait boxes which were in public view, they continue to use a dangerous anti-coagulant rodenticide within the building called Contrac containing the active ingredient 'Bromodiolone' which was responsible for the death of several red tail hawks in Central Park including Palemale's previous mate Lima and may be responsible for the poisoning of one or both of his last babies.

Letters July 2012... August 2012.

Bell Labs Contrac.


No new pictures will be posted until I see some hope for getting rid of all rat Poison from Central Park. I am using all the time I have to write letters and will not be using any of that time to post new pictures on this website. I am still taking pictures and perhaps some day I'll update the postings.



As many of you discovered, some of the phone numbers that I posted below are mysteriously disconnected as are the email links which if they do work merely spits out a form letter response. Well at least they heard from you. There is one email that cannot be disconnected or ignored and that is Mayor Bloomberg contact link:

Contact for Mayor Bloomberg.


After years of wildlife disasters in NYC, too little has been done to show that we are deeply affected by the past. We continue to have rat poison, pesticides, fishing line, kite strings, trapping and shooting and not enough has been done.

I am not going to continue posting new pictures until I see some reasonable progress in the way we treat our animals.
I'll continue to photograph and document them each day but I cannot go on taking compliments for photographs I take of animals that are getting such mistreatment from people who don't consider themselves to be evil dictators yet they behave like ones.

I do not want to be part of a city that does not care. I also do not want to be associated with passive observers.

When the passive observer shows themselves at a scene where action is so desperately needed they give the false impression that they can be depended on.

In Central Park when I look around me at times I see so many faces and so many lips jabbering that I am deceived that these large groups of onlookers can be counted upon. But when I see what is happening to our precious wildlife I get a sobering reminder that not everyone is willing to make an effort to do anything about it.

When our baby hawks got sick for the second year in a row due to rat poison--and not just baby hawks, but the babies of Palemale--the hawk everyone claims to love so much, I asked myself; where are all the people who wrote books about him and made documentary films about him? Why haven't any of them come to his defense? Where is the school that made him their mascot?
Where is the NYS DEC who just a few months ago gave everyone the impression that they cared so much for hawks that they arrested me for picking up even a dead one.

After eleven days since the baby hawk was poisoned at the Museum of Natural History they still have not removed the bait boxes from around the museum? It doesn’t appear that we have as strong a group as we think we have.

The Museum of Natural History? These people are supposed to be concerned with the wellbeing of nature past and present. They claim to be concerned with the fate of the dinosaurs but they don’t care if they kill the present-day ones.

Someone needs to tell these people to snap out of their phony world and pay attention to the real world in which they are living and doing business in. It is clear that our highly paid NYS DEC is not going to tell them, and it is very clear that the NYC Audubon Society is not going to tell them. I know that making an accomplishment is not easy regardless of who you are. I know not even the president can snap his fingers and make things happen. I am talking about trying! Making an ‘attempt’ to do something.

I left Trinidad because I saw everyone around me just watched as everything fell apart. No one said anything when entire mountains got blasted down for minerals and construction aggregate. The sight of a tractor was a delightful sign of progress. People in Trinidad admired a man who plowed down acres of beautiful mountain trees so that he could get a view from his new house.

I believed that in New York especially I may encounter some real no-nonsense people. I came here to be a follower since I was such a failure in my own country attempting to make my countrymen appreciate locally produced television programs. From the first year that I began living here I was looking for those great men and women that I had the life-long belief would be the type that will not allow things to fall apart. Twenty-two years later I am still searching. I know they‘re here and I am determined to find them. They may be asleep and just need a little waking up, so I will wake them up.

It’s too late for me to go back to where I was born and I have no desire to leave New York. There is something here that feels like it’s home although I won‘t fool myself--it can never be my home.

Trinidad can never be my home either. There is nothing to engage my heart there. Even if I was born there I could never call that place home anymore. That beautiful island truly belong to those poor Caribs and Arawaks that were slaughtered by those wicked European invaders. So whether this is my home or not there is something I have found here which I never found anywhere else. When I look at him or when I touch the tree that he is perched on, even if it may not feel like home, it does make me feel like I‘m anchored. I feel like there is no where else to be. I often wonder if that is silly sometimes and perhaps it is, but I am not willing to give that feeling up for anything. It’s a really beautiful feeling that there is something on this earth that makes me want to stay put.

When someone gives you that kind of feeling it will be contemptible to turn your back on him. And when someone is trying to destroy the things that he spends his entire life creating I will be an unworthy admirer not to try all I can to stop them.

My mission is not to condemn the museums and the other people who are unwilling to find safer ways to control rodents. Even if I am sure Mother Nature will much prefer to see trees and grass growing on the acreage which these buildings occupy, I think if they are going to exist they should be more responsible and aware of their surroundings and not be so callous for innocent animal life.

I hope that many more people whose lives are touched by Palemale and his family can see it fit to stand up for what is right. Let us not allow any more of these precious animals to fall victim to the thoughtlessness of certain people who simply do not care.

I do not want to be a part of a city that does not care, and that is why I love living here. It’s because I know that we can care. Most of us want to care but hardly know how to begin. The truth is I don’t know how we can begin to get anything done either, but for now I’m going to write a letter and make a call and when they pickup the phone and when they read my letter one of the things I’ll be saying to them is;

Dear Sir/Madam:

‘I would like you to please stop hurting the things that I love‘.


The American Museum of Natural History:
Ellen V. Futter, Museum Director

Karen Quigley, Office of the President
(212) 769-5100

The Museum of Natural History has shown no remorse for what happened to Palemale & Zena’s baby. After one week since being told of the disaster they still have not removed the bait boxes around the museum.
The bait boxes around the museum contains BRODIFACOUM, the most lethal poison on the market in the USA.

Weatherblok XT MSDS:

Weatherblok XT Label:


Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitian Museum of Art:
Emily Rafferty (President)
(212) 570-3900

MET’s Exterminator - Orkin
Orkin Commercial Services

Website for Orkin.


The Central Park Precinct:
Captain Jessica E. Corey
86th Street & Transverse Road,
New York, NY, 10024
(212) 570-4820

Finally got to speak with the captain on Monday (August 6). She picked her phone up by accident. She denied that there is any poison at the CP Precinct.



I am re-posting this letter from a concerned writer who believes that the MBTA (Migratory Bird Treaty Act) can be used to prosecute anyone who caused the poisoning of our hawks. Hopefully more law-savvy eyes than mine can read it to see any possibilities:

The MBTA pdf link (page 3, column 2).

From the article, at page 3, right column: "As mentioned above, in a series of criminal prosecutions the Department of Justice has pushed the broad interpretation of the statute, and some courts have accepted the theory, gradually expanding the scope of the MBTA in those jurisdictions. In United States v. FMC Corp., 572 F.2d 902 (2d Cir. 1978), the Second Circuit affirmed the conviction of a manufacturer of pesticides for migratory bird deaths. Still the FMC court stated misgivings (a “construction that would bring every killing within the statute, such as deaths caused by automobiles, airplanes, plate glass modern office buildings or picture windows into such birds fly, would offend reason and common sense”) and possibly limiting incidental takes to “extrahazardous” activities (actually what are termed “ultrahazardous” activities in tort law parlance). 572 F.2d at 905, 907. In a contemporaneous high-profile case, an applicator of pesticides was found to have violated the MBTA. United States v. Corbin Farm Servs., 444 F. Supp. 510 (E.D. Cal. 1978), aff’d on other grounds, 578 F.2d 259 (9th Cir. 1978).
See also the paragraph immediately following, page 4, right column.


Palemale & Zena's two poisoned babies are being cared for by Bobby & Cathy Horvath. This couple has been extremely responsive to many wildlife emergencies in Manhattan even if they are located so far away in Long Island.

Please help them to continue their valuable work;

Wildlife in Need of Rescue & Rehabilitation (WINORR)
202 N. Wyoming Avenue
N. Massapequa , N.Y. 11758


Petition to Save Our Hawks.

Please note that while we all try to do something to stop the poisoning that I am not automatically endorsing each and every method out there. For example there is a campaign to introduce a new rat poison into the US called 'Eradibait'. I do not support this at all! I am not going to push to get one poison out and another one in regardless of how natural and harmless the claim. ALL poisons are bad! Their labels are deceptive and will forever be written to hide side effects which will only show up at some future time when it will require another campaign to get it out once again.