C.A.S.H. Courier - Spring / Summer - 2001
When the Expression "For the Birds" Has
a Positive Connotation
Wildlife Watch was contacted by Al White
(photo below) who had seen an entire Canada goose family killed during the spring of 2000.
Seeking help to prevent that from recurring, he called the Town of New Paltz for help.
They told him that they had no jurisdiction over the State-owned road. Al then called
Wildlife Watch. This spring, Wildlife Watch and Al held meetings with the NYS Highway
Dept. asking them to allow us to protect Canada geese with 4,000 linear feet of fencing
along Route 299 in New Paltz, NY. The road was built along a wetland where Canada geese
naturally wanted to have nests and raise their young. We told them of the hazard to humans
when geese cross the roads, the fact that drivers jam on their brakes or swerve to avoid
hitting the geese. Besides, it was simply humane to keep them from getting killed. They
agreed for ALL of those reasons. Als excellent carpentry skills led to a
demonstration of the prototype below and the decision-makers agreed to give it a try. We
thank them for sending out surveyors to flag post positions so that they could be sunk
into the ground without disturbing gas lines and the fiber optic cable. They also provided
the posts! We had to come up with the fencing and the labor. Al, Student Coalition for
Animal Rights at SUNY New Paltz, Als garden club, and so many others did the
hours and hours of work that made this possible. A special thank you to Al White for
his high energy and sheer strength to see this through. After several weekends, the
fence was up. All too soon we realized that the babies were darting under the lines, so we
added a third line 4 inches from the ground. Then we saw them "duck" under and
jump over the lines, so we added deer netting leaving a couple of inches from the ground
to let turtles cross.
A New York State Highway Department / Wildlife Watch Project
Al White demonstrating the prototype
to the Highway Dept.
Then we saw the adults lift up over the fence altogether, but the babies
couldnt follow so the adults flew back to the other side. Then we saw families in
front of the fencing! We had to end the line by angling it back along the tree line. Over
the weeks, the fence was modified to provide more and more protection. Although the fence
was not 100% fool proof, far fewer geese were killed this year and no goslings were
Greg Bernardi of SCAR doing a super job of stringing
Adult geese demonstrating where to stand in relation to the fence (behind it!).
They were with several babies hidden in the grass.
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