Gallery: Brooklyn Residents Set Up Nighttime Watch Group to Protect Pro...

Courtesy of Parks Department

The Prospect Park geese are at the center of attention, yet again. A group of Brooklyn residents, business owners, and wildlife advocates have devised a program to stand guard over the Prospect Park geese at all hours of the day to prevent federal officials from using mass extermination methods as a way of maintaining the geese population. Armed with binoculars, cameras, and video recording equipment, the pro-geese group is determined to prevent another massacre like last summer’s.

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  1. lazyreader May 20, 2011 at 8:04 am
    Goose patrol on the scene. In Maryland we went through great debate as to the fate of swans. Because they eat and tear up the bay grasses which is crucial habitat of the crabs and shellfish. Those grasses also help improve water quality by oxygenating the water and by preventing erosion of river banks with their root systems which also helps reduce sediments which makes the water so brown and dirty. We went about to poison or catch them; the state did this regardless of the disapproval of the residents. The mute swan (Cygnus olor) is an invasive, non-native species that was introduced to the Bay region for its ornamental value; however, the birds have had an increasingly disruptive effect on the ecology of the Bay. A large population of mute swans presents major challenges. Introduced to North America in the late 1800s as decorations for parks, zoos and private estates. Between 1910 and 1912, over 500 mute swans were imported from Europe and Asia. However, a small number of these birds escaped into the wild. These birds are actually aggressive in nature. They intrude on other swans, ducks or geese. They can attack and displace native waterfowl from their breeding areas, and may even kill the intruding pair or their young. Because mute swans do not migrate, they continuously feed on bay grasses during the summer flowering and growing periods. This reduces the amount of grasses available for migratory waterfowl. Now these New York geese may be native but keep in mind what brought down an entire airliner in the Hudson river.