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General News: Meeting Regarding Geese November 4th

October 27, 2013

By Jim Lennon

The 7 member Cornwall Goose Population Management Committee which was appointed by the Town Board, will be meeting, after much research, for the first time at the Munger Cottage adjacent Rings Pond at 7pm, Monday November 4th.

The purpose of the Goose Population Management Committee is as follows:

1.Research and catalogue all forms of goose population management, both lethal and non-lethal, which could be used to mitigate the danger to air traffic posed by the Canada geese at Rings Pond and to address the sanitary problems caused by geese at Rings Pond, including the cost of each type.

2. To contact and dialogue with the USDA, Stewart International Airport and the National Guard over the various methods of goose population management identified by the Committee and determine which methods would be effective in mitigating the danger to air traffic posed by the Canada geese at Rings Pond.

3. To investigate and catalogue all feasible methods of goose population management, both lethal and non-lethal, which could be used to mitigate the unsanitary conditions at Rings Pond caused by the Canadian geese.

4. To prepare and submit a written report setting forth the results of its studies and findings regarding feasible methods of goose population management which would be effective in mitigating the danger to air traffic posed by the Canada geese at Rings Pond and which could be used to mitigate the unsanitary conditions at Rings Pond.

[Note: above duties 1 through 4 taken from Town Board Resolution which was the basis for appointing the Committee]

Guest speakers experienced in Goose Control will be present to address the Committee; the following are scheduled as of this time:

1. Kiley Blackman and Kim Gold
Westchester4Geeese
Humane Westchester

2. Robert Guadagna of Geesebusters
Goose Management Company

Additional guest speakers may appear:
* Stewart Airport Operations has been contacted relative public aviation input.
* Stewart US Military Aviation is in the process of bring contacted relative US military aviation input.
[NOTE: Neither have confirmed as of this point in time].

Cornwall and Cornwall-on-Hudson residents are welcome to come and listen to all discussion and speakers.

This local issue has now become a regional issue. GooseWatchNYC has posted an online petition on its website which is addressed to Cornwall Town Board relative the issue and as of 10/27 has over 1800 signatures.

Comments:

Non-lethal means of geese control have been successfully implemented elsewhere. Please make every effort to spare these geese!


posted by Adrienne Hernandez on 10/29/13 at 8:35 PM

Stop Scapegoating Canada Geese

Consider that of all the fatalities involving commercial aircraft worldwide since the 1950s, 50 percent were attributed to pilot error; 22 percent to mechanical failure; 12 percent to weather; 9 percent to sabotage; and 7 percent other human error. The total of ALL bird strikes accounts for an accident rate of 0.068 percent ? that?s less than ONE percent - with Canada Geese as a fraction of this number.
Additionally, Airports Council International of North America states that a person's chance of dying as result of an aircraft/wildlife (any wildlife) collision is "one in 750,000,000 (750 million)." Narrow that equation down to Canada geese alone and we are talking one in a 1,000,000,000 - ONE IN A BILLION.
For a less fearful perspective, compare this one-in-a-billion chance of being killed on a plane because of a Canada geese strike to these: the odds of being on plane with a drunken pilot (one in 117); or the odds of fatally slipping in bath or shower (one in 2,232) or the odds of drowning in a bathtub (one in 685,000).
Blame those, such as the airline industry which refuses to make sturdier planes that are impervious to bird strikes. But please do not blame Canada geese who are being unnecessarily (and inhumanely) mass slaughtered.


Mary Castrovilla,
Yonkers, NY


posted by Mary Castrovilla on 10/30/13 at 1:42 AM

Each year people are injured or even killed when slipping in bath tubs. Solution to that is not to ban bath tubs, but to build safer, walk-in tubs. The same is true for cars. We dimishment car crash fatalities by building safer cars, not banning them. So, why does the airline industry get a pass on avoiding responsibility for accidents and geese are instead blamed and killed? We are not buying the hype anymore.


posted by Patty Adjamine on 10/30/13 at 3:25 PM

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