Is there scientific support for the cull of Canada Geese at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (JBWR) near Kennedy Airport?
I want to voice out loud about the irrational action suggested by Senator Gillibran. So I pick this more well defined specific question to answer in order to provide a scientifically sound and fact-based report.
"Mitchell International Airport employs a full-time USDA wildlife biologist who manages the vegetation at the airport to make it unattractive to wildlife. The biologist also determines if birds are trying to nest and uses firecrackers to scare them, Mitchell spokeswoman Patricia Rowe said.
Since November 1994, six Canada goose strikes have been reported at Mitchell, according to the FAA Wildlife Strike Database. Some bird strikes are not reported, and some reports do not note the type of bird striking a plane. In March 2006, a Frontier Airlines flight in Milwaukee sustained substantial damage when a Canada goose was ingested into one of the engines.
Michalets, who enjoys watching geese in Humboldt Park, called her county supervisor and the DNR last week to ask about the disappearing geese but didn't hear back. She wonders how killing the birds from parks near the airport will make things safer.
"There's so many other geese flying around, I don't think taking care of the geese in the parks is going to take care of anything," Michalets said."
(7) FAQs at www.nps.gov
Will Brant Geese be the next problem? But even it is, it is not likely for NPS to cull them because it is not easy and low cost. Culling resident Canada Geese in public parks and places in June/July while they are molting is much easier and of low cost.
(8) http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/leeds-and-bradford-airport-stop-culling-canada-geese-at-our-beauty-spots (in UK)
Culling Geese is not an affective way to control bird population, other methods can be use to control them, to which Leeds and Bradford don't seem to be doing. The bird scarer hasn't been heard in a long time, why would they stop using it if they are afraid of bird strikes. There has never been a bird strike in Yeadon that has been caused by Canada Geese. The main culprit for bird strikes in the UK are gulls but they don't seem to be culling them if it is such a problem. There are to many lies surrounding the culling and the public are only listening to what the airport are saying. They have killed more than 100 geese not 10 like they said. I'm all for public safety but when there are alternate ways which are more effective than killing i will opt for those. Killing is a quick fix not a long urn solution to the problem. If you agree please sign and share.
Canada Geese have been in the UK since the 1600s! Clive Hartley resigned from the LDNPA (Lake District National Park Authority) because they would not accept his scientific evidence of 5 years to prove that the Canada Geese numbers on Windermere are actually reducing despite the poor attempt at management. The LDNPA have no scientific evidence what so ever that the geese are causing any harm and now admit it. Stratford upon Avon and Belfast Airport have been able to manage Canada Geese without killing any.
(11) NYC Audubon
NYC Audubon believes that lethal control should be the last resort after all
other methods for managing bird populations have been exhausted. The blanket
approach of lethal control will not significantly reduce the risk birds pose to
aviation safety. We maintain that City officials should reduce the amount of
lush, green lawn space available throughout the city, which attracts geese.
Without such measures, new geese will take up residence here and populations
will quickly rebound to current levels. The City may also limit growth of the
resident geese population through egg-addling or nest destruction.
NYC Audubon also takes issue with the target population size identified by the Department of Agriculture, which calls for reducing the number of Canada geese in the city by 80 percent. This figure is not supported by sound scientific research. The summer 2010 cull at Prospect Park included nearly 100 percent of the geese in that area; essentially, this population was “managed” into extinction. NYC Audubon strongly disagrees with that decision.
When one species becomes so abundant that it has a negative impact on the habitat and resources of other native bird species as may be the case with Canada geese, NYC Audubon, like most Audubon chapters, supports population management. But the option of lethal control should be a last resort, undertaken only when bird populations threaten the health, safety, and welfare of other wildlife and humans, and only after a rigorous environmental impact assessment has been done and full disclosure has been made to local citizens and other stakeholders.
(12) http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/politics/2012/09/6537249/wildlife-refuge-table-story-about-culled-jamaica-bay-geese?page=all (Sep. 19, 2012)
Riepe said, although he wasn’t pleased about the culling of the birds, he understood the reasons for it.
To reduce birdstrikes on takeoff and landing, airports engage in bird management and control. There is no single solution that works for all situations. Birds have been noted for their adaptability and control methods may not remain effective for long. Management techniques include changes to habitat around the airport to reduce its attractiveness to birds. Vegetation which produces seeds, grasses which are favored by geese, and human-made food, a favorite of gulls, all should be removed from the airport area. Trees and tall structures which serve as roosts at night for flocking birds or perches should be removed or modified to discourage bird use.
Other approaches try to scare away the birds using frightening devices, for example sounds, lights, pyrotechnics, radio-controlled airplanes, decoy animals/corpses, lasers, dogs etc. Firearms are also occasionally employed. A successful approach has been using dogs, particularly Border collies, to scare away birds and wildlife. Another alternative is bird capture and relocation. Trained falcons are sometimes used to harass the bird population, as for example on John F. Kennedy International Airport. At Manchester Airport in England the usual type of falcon used for this is a peregrine falcon/lanner falcon hybrid, as its flight range covers the airport without straying too far. An airport in New Zealand uses electrified mats to reduce the number of worms that attracted large numbers of sea gulls.