Crossposted from GooseWatch NYC
GooseWatch NYC Volunteer Organizing Meeting
When: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 7:00 PM
Where: 31 W 34th Street, 8th Floor
Spring is here, life is blossoming in NYC! Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, the contracts between the Port Authority and the City of New York with USDA Wildlife Services remain in effect, and NYC’s Canada geese are still targets for USDA killing this summer.
No information has been provided regarding whether USDA will conduct roundups of molting geese and goslings in NYC parks and Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge again this summer, so we have no indication or assurances that New York City’s geese are safe.
We are demanding transparency from all agencies involved in the killing of geese in New York City parks and Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. In the meantime, we’re we not just going to sit back and allow more geese to be needlessly killed – we’re mobilizing.
For the past three summers, GooseWatch volunteers have patrolled parks across the city where vulnerable geese could be captured and killed by USDA agents. Our goal has been to bring transparency and awareness about the needless slaughter – in some cases we believe our presence has deterred roundups and in other instances we caught USDA agents red-handed, providing the public with never-seen-before footage of Wildlife Services, the rouge agency that brutally kills millions of animals in secret every year.
Last summer, USDA agents evaded us, only conducting roundups in four publicly accessible parks (Inwood Hill Park in Manhattan, Van Cortlandt Park and Roberto Clemente Park in the Bronx, and Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge). This year we plan to double our efforts! Please attend this important volunteer organizing meeting and help us protect NYC’s geese:
When: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 7:00 PM Where: 31 W 34th Street, 8th Floor RSVP Required
We plan to patrol dozens of parks where USDA might conduct roundups, based on known locations of nesting geese and records from previous years.
- Do you want to protect NYC’s geese from being captured and killed?
- Do you agree that the taxpayer-funding of killing of geese and other wildlife should be not be conducted in secret?
- Are you willing and able to patrol a park in NYC during the-early morning hours of the day from mid-June to mid-July when geese can’t fly and are vulnerable?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, we want to hear from you!
Photo: Courtesy of GooseWatch NYC