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A situation in Scarsdale, NY, and other updates
Scarsdale Petition * January "bird strikes" * How to get involved

There is a situation in Scarsdale, NY, we learned from a news report last week the town board voted to enter into a contract with the USDA to kill the geese at Library Pond (pictured above) this summer.

There is a Town Hall meeting about this TONIGHT (details & directions):
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 8pm
Scarsdale Village Hall
1001 Post Rd, Scarsdale, NY 10583

Take action now:
Please sign and share our petition to Scarsdale Town Board on
Also, read alerts received from In Defense of Animals & Friends of Animals
Follow up your message with a phone call to Alfred A. Gatta, Village Manager (914) 722-1110

They claim the goose poop is bad for the water, even though they have no evidence, and allegedly there were also one or two "goose attacks". Poop can be cleaned up, and confrontations with geese can be avoided. Instead of reaching out to a number of organizations who can (and indeed have offered to) assist with what you might call "nuisance mitigation efforts" (habitat modification, harassment, population control through oiling eggs or birth control) Scarsdale decided to hire USDA Wildlife Services to roundup and slaughter the geese. The town said they tried scaring the geese off with dogs 5 years ago, but obviously was not consistently or properly implemented.

As Patty Adjamine emailed me: Scarsdale is not an impoverished community devoid of resources and nor does it appear to be overrun with geese. A couple of dozen geese (if it is even that) can easily be controlled through the now numerous non-lethal means. They need to understand that a massacre of a small number of geese (when humane and effective alternatives were available) will result in negative publicity and community outrage such as occurred after Prospect Park's goose gassings -- or even worse. Scarsdale doesn't have the "airline" excuse. It in fact, has no excuses.

Richard Brummel went up to check out the situation this weekend, and sent the photo above of the 9 geese there. There's a serious problem when people can't tolerate 9 geese on a pond, and something about the whole situation isn't adding up. And I assume this isn't the last time we'll hear about a situation like this, which is why it is important that advocates respond now. Please let them know.

January Bird Strikes
I got a call from a reporter the other day asking me if I had any comment about the fact there'd been two "bird strikes" around JFK in the past week. I told him that it's no coincidence these incidents happened the same week as Miracle on the Hudson four years ago, and that there's no sense in the idea that killing geese in the summer is going to have an effect on collisions in January, when millions of birds fly through the area. A long term solution is needed. Not only is killing the geese cruel but it is not making anyone safer. One of our big goals this year is to get more vocal support from prominent aviation experts and biologists and turn the idea that killing geese is an appropriate response to the threat of bird strikes on its head. We are also going to seek more political support - by this time next year New York City is going to have a new mayor, hopefully someone responsive to the animal community and our concerns.

Get More Involved
If you are finding the frequency with which you receive emails from GooseWatch insufficient, and you want to be more involved, please join our internal email list. Click here for instructions. We really need more help from people who are willing to step up and take charge of what is happening, but there are no ways too small to help. We have been using our internal list to organize, plan our course of action, and share ideas. You can also email me directly and I will manually add you to the group. I will send newsletters like this as often as possible, or may just send cross posted information. But more regular updates and alerts will likely be emailed to the Googlegroup and on Facebook / Twitter.

Again, keep an eye out for migrating geese, and send us a noteor a picture if you see a flock. This information has been very helpful.



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