Washington Sq Female







Washington Square female hawk with her completely crippled leg on Saturday.
After receiving a letter from someone who casually spoke of hearing a rumor that a Cornell Vet rescued and saved the female hawk from Washington Square I visited the area on Saturday to confirm that this was not true. And of course it was not!


This is one of the many responses I received from Bruce Peterjohn, Head of the Bird Banding Lab which is responsible for this horrible situation. From the first time I reported this situation on October 29, 2010 he was continually trying to discredit me for my amateur observations and non-expert assessment of the hawk's condition.


From the Bird Banding Lab last year:


To: lincoln_karim@msn.com
Subject: Re: Red Tail Hawk with bad band.
From: bpeterjohn@usgs.gov
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2010 17:00:00 -0500


Dear Mr. Karim:
With all due respect, your photographs do not support your claim that the Red-tailed Hawk's leg is impaired by the bird band. Your photos show that the bird is very capable of using that leg to capture prey (a squirrel), carry prey, and to dismember prey. In essence, it is behaving as a normal wild raptor. We see no need to take any action at this time, but are willing to reassess the situation should circumstances change.


Bruce Peterjohn
Chief
Bird Banding Lab
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
12100 Beech Forest Rd.
Laurel, MD 20708
phone: (301) 497-5646
From: Lincoln_Karim S Karim
To: Peter John
Date: 12/16/2010 11:25 PM
Subject: Red Tail Hawk with bad band.


Please help me to make sure this man Bruce Peterjohn and this Bird Banding Lab never put another band on any bird or other animal ever again.
This includes ALL rehabilitators!




Please use this link to inform Carter Strickland,
Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection
of what this band has done to this poor animals and perhaps thousands more like her that we never get to see.




I skimmed through the NY Times site about this story which they made a circus of but there is no mention of this terrible situation.


Please insist that ANDY NEWMAN and EMILY S. RUEB of the NY Times address this horrible story and demand that they do something about it.
They cannot expect to focus only of the fickle side of the story.




Also the people at NYU which from what I just read for the first time, again just focused on a shallow side of the story of the hawks. Please make sure that they do something about this also.
This is the only contact I can find right now: NYU




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First noticed on October 30, 2010.


Dear Mr. Karim:

As Chief of the Bird Banding Laboratory, I contacted a local raptor rehabilitator who was also in contact with local raptor banders about attempting to safely capture the Red-tailed Hawk and remove the band. I do not have the authority to require anyone to attempt to capture this bird, and given the potential problems with safely capturing raptors in an urban environment, such anattempt should only be made by an experienced raptor bander. I made an effort, but if the banders choose to not become involved in attempting to capture this bird for any reason, that is their prerogative.

My only authority in this situation is over the bander who placed the bandon this bird. To date, nobody has provided me with the band number so the BBL is currently unable to identify the person who banded this bird. As soon as the band number is provided to the BBL and the bander can be identified,then the BBL will take all appropriate actions allowable under its permitting regulations. The BBL does not have any enforcement authority under Federal Law, so any legal case against the bander would have to be pursued by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.



Bruce Peterjohn Chief Bird Banding Laboratory USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center 12100 Beech Forest Rd. Laurel, MD 20708 phone: (301) 497-5646

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Re: Ill-fitted and crippling band installed on a female red-tailed hawknow nesting in Washington Square, NYC.

BBL Chief Bruce Peterjohn bpeterjohn@usgs.gov 301-497-5646

May 9, 2011

Dear Mr Bruce Peterjohn:

I am writing to ask you to resign your position as Chief of the Bird Banding Lab and never to hold any position in any organization which deals withanimals. Your conduct in the case of the female red tail hawk from Washington Square shows your heartless and uncaring attitude. In my opinion you have no place to be involved with animals ever again. You were unable to see, and even denied, the seriousness of the hawk's case and you lied to me by assuring me that you were going to have something done about it. If you do not volunteer your resignation immediately I will post the contents of this letter on my website and make your incompetence known to all.



Lincoln Karim www.palemale.com

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From: lincoln_karim@msn.com To: bpeterjohn@usgs.gov Subject: RE: Red Tail Hawk with bad band. Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2010 11:30:25 -0500

Dear Mr Peterjohn:

I hope that you would communicate to this local raptor expert that anyaction they take should always be in the best interest of the animal and not to do anything merely to pacify myself or yourself. I know you may say that you can trust the judgment of the expert, but I have developed a serious allergy to trusting the judgment of experts over the years.

The successful outcome from this Washington Sq hawk case should surely be greatly anticipated, but more so it should inspire a much further reachingoutcome; *that the practice of banding be re-thought and all the points which you brought up in your last letter be taken in account. *the fact that the banded bird is being released in an urban environment with quite different conditions of a banded bird being released in the wild. *seeing first hand the downside to this archaic practice, to consider as an alternative to banding a pair of binoculars, a notepad and a pencilto see if you can compare the wealth of data you can potentially obtain from the latter. * The moral stance; that a degenerate human being who's own species is plagued with unaccountable and destructive behavior would have the audacity to look down on, and taint the natural beauty of, a perfect species who's life is perfectly in tune with its natural surroundings.



Lincoln Karim

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Mr Peterjohn:

The squirrel which the hawk is eating was given to her by her mate, she did not catch it on her own as you are assuming even if I am sure she is presently capable of catching her own food since this is the early stage.I am sending images of the early stages of the foot being impaired by the band and if the bird is caught and the band removed you can save her. To cavalierly respond that 'it is behaving as a normal wild raptor' is in my opinion irresponsible and demonstrates how little you and your organization care for the subjects which you take the liberty to handle. You obviously have more resources and authority at your disposal than I do--is that your best response? When I ask you to take action I was hoping that you will at least make some effort to read the band to find out who put it on. Your response which took over seven weeks and had to be dragged out of you is more like a politician rather than a knowledge-seeking scientist. I am a lay person providing field information to you which you are totally disregarding. A person who truly have the best interest of the animals that they are pretending to help will make some effort to investigate the case instead of responding from your armchair that all is well. If the bird looses her foot and most likely her life I'm sure you'll also have an excuse prepackaged and ready for delivery. I am sure you must agree that an investigation of this bird's predicament can surely provide some useful information on future banding practices should you continue to have your way with this futile and confounded practice.

Lincoln

Ps: Bobby and Rebecca please look at the band and in the picture which was taken on October 30, 2010 and kindly respond directly to Mr Peterjohn and tell him what you think it. It is obvious that he may rather communicate with a science oriented person than I.

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To: lincoln_karim@msn.com Subject: Re: Red Tail Hawk with bad band. From: bpeterjohn@usgs.gov Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2010 17:00:00 -0500

Dear Mr. Karim: With all due respect, your photographs do not support your claim that the Red-tailed Hawk's leg is impaired by the bird band. Your photos show that the bird is very capable of using that leg to capture prey (a squirrel), carry prey, and to dismember prey. In essence, it is behaving as a normal wild raptor. We see no need to take any action at this time, but are willing to reassess the situation should circumstances change.

Bruce Peterjohn Chief Bird Banding Lab USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center 12100 Beech Forest Rd. Laurel, MD 20708 phone: (301) 497-5646 From: Lincoln_Karim S Karim To: Peter John Date: 12/16/2010 11:25 PM Subject: Red Tail Hawk with bad band.

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Dear Mr Peterjohn: Because of your shameful response to my many appeals concerning your organization'scruel banding practices I am going to circulate a petition for your resignationand also a public announcement of the negative side of your actions. Letthis letter be a courteous warning.

Lincoln Karim www.palemale.com

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Dear Mr PeterJohn, I shall take it that you are ignoring my letters to you. You website is very vocal and proud about attaching an array of nasty ill-fitting garbage to those poor speechless animals, but now I am asking you what will happen to one of your victims and you are suddenly speechless yourself. I am sure the only people you ever get to speak with about your asinine work are members of the press who just love to get a tidbit of copy from you to fill some space in their paper. So again sir--what are you going to do about the victim of your cruel work in Washington Square?



Lincoln Karim www.palemale.com

PS: This is the last time I'm going to communicate to you without coping anyone else--after which you'll answer to the world!

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Dear Mr Peterjohn, I am hoping that you and your organization may have by now some suggestion as to what can happen to the red tail hawk in Washington square with one of your bands which will eventually cause the poor animal to loose it's foot and meanwhile is torturing her. Your website boasts about all the benifits of banding. Most people never see the trauma you put these animals through and what they must endure for the rest of their lives with those nasty things on their feet and other parts of their bodies.

For now sir I'll ask you again--what do you suggest should happen to prevent the obvious torture that this bird is going through?



Lincoln Karim www.palemale.com (917) 763-4672

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Hi:

This is a link to other photographs of that banded hawk: http://palemale.com/october302010l.html

It is an female adult Red tail which is nesting in Washington Square in NYC. The couple has already begun building a nest for next spring.

Excuse my tone to you about banding but I absolutely hate this mindless practice that such few people ever think about. I have had ugly experiences with people like Chris Nadareski who is a much adored bander in NYC. Though you can give me dozens of reasons why you band these birds, can you give me an answer to this--who gives you the right to interfere with the lives of these beautiful, wholesome creatures?

Look at our own species-- * drug addicts and alcoholics on almost every street corner * smoking out of control * our own children hooked on drugs in their early teens * almost every movie poster targeted to kids has a human hand with a gun or some other nasty weapon and here we have these sacred animals living their humble lives that we should be observing and learning how to change our wicked selfish ways and what do you want to do--trap them and band them and cage them and attach tracking devices on them. And when you garther your banding data what do you do with it? Do you tell real estate developers to stop building massive glass structures that kill them? Do you prevent destruction of their wetlands? Do you ever make an attempt to educate hicks from shooting them? No you don't because no one is ever going to listen to some obscure scientist with a bunch of numbers and charts when billions of dollars are at play for the destruction of their habitat. This said please let the real estate developers do their thing and please just keep your tainted hands off these poor creatures and stop pretending that you are helping them.

As for this hawk in Washington Square what is the Bird Banding Lab going to do about it? Is it going to be 'oops! ah well! This bird was banded by some volunteer at a rehab center and every once in a while this sort of thing is to be expected because we are under-funded."

You told me that banding provides you with valuable data. I trust that in the case of the Washington Square hawk that the data derived from that band is that you are incapable to interfering with creatures outside of your own species. If you're itching for things to band, put bands on your children and study them to find out why they turn to drugs and alcohol. Let us put bands on ourselves to study why we are so selfish and destructive and egotistic. And if you do want to study animals just stay at a respectful distance to observe them and take notes. Please don't touch them or imprison them and put your tainted hands and drugs into them.



Lincoln Karim www.palemale.com





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