Protests Against NYC’s Mass Killing of Canada Geese in Public Parks; Support Grows Across the U.S. to Let Geese Live

Protesters Flock to Bloomberg's East Side Townhouse

A Walk in the Park Blog reports on Monday evening’s (August 9th) protest in front of Mayor Bloomberg’s townhouse condemning the Mayor’s support for killing up to 2000 resident Canada Geese in NYC public parks and spaces over the last two years.

The recent incident that raised people’s ire – and awareness – was the gassing of close to 400 Canada Geese which called Brooklyn’s Prospect Park home on Thursday, July 8th in the middle of the night. This was carried out with no public notice, no discussion, no transparency.

At Monday’s action, protesters were only allowed across the street from the Mayor’s East 79th Street townhouse. He was inside at the time with guests but left at one point directly encountering activists.

While our Mayor cites “air safety,” this is a ruse. Killing these resident geese will not make air travel safer. The birds that collided with the famous Flight 1549 which safely landed in the Hudson were migratory geese. Even so, are we supposed to kill every bird in the sky? We can keep birds away from the pathways directly near the airports through habitat modification; we can also track migratory patterns and track birds via radar.

We need to remember that we need to adapt to the birds; they do not have to adapt to us. Canada Geese deserve to live on this earth. We can’t keep making them move from place to place. They lived quite well and in harmony with people and other species at Prospect and other parks. It is readily forgotten that these birds are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. As their numbers have increased; unfortunately, so has our appreciation for them.

On Thursday, August 12th at 12 noon, there will be a protest/rally at New York City Hall in support of the geese and against killing.

Recent CNN piece on support for Canada Geese.

Photo: Geoffrey Croft / NYC Park Advocates


Previously on WSP Blog:

* Why did New York City approve a massacre of 400 geese in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park?

* The Killing of the Prospect Park Geese: Part I

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  1. Thank you for this. So well done. Thank you!

  2. Very nice piece and I am so glad you address the airline safety issue. An Alaskan plane had to make an emergency landing the other day after striking ONE eagle. Obviously, even were we to kill every Canada goose in the country that would not guarantee airline safety. We would have to exterminate EVERY bird over 4 Lbs that takes to the skies, including endangered species. Don’t these kinds of mishaps indicate we need to build better planes, as well as study migratory patterns and use radar? How insane is it that a 15 lb bird can take down a 50 ton plane??!!

  3. That is not going to change anything other than to kill innocent birds. They will keep coming back. Are they planning on killing them all driving them into extinction? The Canadian Geese are migratory and we keep building in their paths. I realize this is a big serious problem, but killing them is not the answer. Some airports use noise mechanisms or dogs

  4. I totally agree, PJ. It’s astounding that this continues and no media, elected official, steps in. Thanks for your comment. Well said. I am hoping this will change in the future — but the modus operandi right now is so rigged and out of sync with reality. Yes, other methods for sure would actually be addressing the issue other than this which isn’t. Thanks.


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