HELPING EDGEWATER'S GEESE
March 3, 2017: News 12 New Jersey
MAYOR ANNOUNCES THAT EDGEWATER WILL NOT BE SIGNING USDA CONTRACT TO KILL GEESE
Despite signing an earlier contract with USDA to round up and kill Canada geese, last July Edgewater's Mayor Michael McPartland claimed that the town was going to use nonlethal methods. Since August, APLNJ volunteer Jim Mazzone has attended each town meeting to monitor Edgewater's goose plans and to hold the mayor to his statement. A few days ago Jim reported that the Mayor McPartland told the public that Edgewater had not renewed the USDA contract and that it plans to pursue nonlethal strategies.
"McPartland also turned down an offer by activists to help fund and implement habitat modifications and other non-lethal methods of goose population control.
Listen to Jim's message here: http://aplnj.org/voicemail-1232.mp3
APLNJ's SaveEdgewaterGeese.com website can be used as a model for other localities that continue to employ cruel and ineffective USDA killing methods.
We thank all of the activists and local town folks who came to meetings and protests, and everyone who helped with educate the public, donated toward the billboard, cleaned up the goose poop and more. Your efforts paid off.
Susan Russell, Wildlife Policy Director
Angi Metler, Executive Director
APLNJ's 2016 Edgewater Canada Goose Campaign
APLNJ offered to financially support the completion of nonlethal methods, but the town refused to accept our offer.
Edgewater officially declines offer - see response here.
May 26, 2016 - APLNJ's OFFER TO EDGEWATER MAYOR AND TOWN COUNCIL (Click here to see formal offer.)
- The Animal Protection League of New Jersey has formally offered to buy out the Borough’s contract with USDA Wildlife Services, most especially that part which pertains to gassing Canada geese.
- APLNJ is prepared to coordinate and carry out needed landscaping changes with the result of deterring geese. This includes contacting and engaging appropriate landscaping assistance and the purchase of required grasses, shrubs, fencing and other barriers.
- APLNJ will be glad to assist in effective signage and other measures to discourage thefeeding of geese.
The above actions will result in dissuading Canada geese from targeted areas without Edgewater resorting to gassing the birds.
APLNJ sponsored several protests at Edgewater's borough hall and asked people to show up at town meetings.
Thank you to those who came to support the protests and to everyone who spoke at town meetings, which were critical to the success of this important project.
May 17, 2016: Pascack Valley Daily Voice
May 18, 2016: News12 Coverage
May 18, 2016: The Record
May 19, 2016: NJ.com
June 13, 2016: News12 NJ
June 14, 2016: Daily Voice
July 18, 2016: Bergen Record
March 3, 2017: News 12 New Jersey
Over 5500 sign petition:
As of 5-16-2016, the number of Edgewater residents who have signed LOHV-NJ's paper petitions is over 500! Thanks to the relentless volunteers who have made this possible.
About Geese and Solutions
Residential Canada Geese lost their biological need to migrate to Canada because in the early 20th century, they were captured for use as live decoys, their feathers clipped, and as a result, lured other birds to lakes, wetlands and rivers.
These captive geese were also bred in captivity. Canada geese always nest in the area where they were born so the main objective of any successful program to reduce geese in a particular area must prevent the geese from nesting.
Fortunately, there are many nonlethal ways to achieve long-term objectives.
When going ahead with plans to cruelly gas Canada geese in June of 2016, Edgewater Borough officials claimed that they tried habitat modification, the most effective way of deterring geese, and that it “didn’t work.”
The Borough cannot identify what was done, or where. APLNJ dispatched volunteer teams to scout and photograph each location where the Borough said geese were causing problems. See landscapes and evidence of feeding here.
The photos show Edgewater municipal lands scheduled for lethal goose round ups and gassing to be mowed turf grass, bordered by pieces of cement, rip rap or piled rocks, sidewalks, and water. There is no evidence of any serious effort, or any effort at all, to modify landscapes.
These are textbook examples of how to attract, not discourage, Canada geese. We should be seeing the planting of long grasses and strategically placed native shrubs and wildflowers, and in some instances perhaps the installation of a few gates, fences, or deterrent wires.
Other photos show geese eating food on the sidewalk and at least one goose with “angel wing,” a deformity caused by poor, unnatural diet associated with human feeding.
Edgewater and the USDA
Since 2013, Edgewater has contracted the USDA to employ nest and egg destruction, capture, gas, and kill the residential Canada geese. These methods have not solved Edgewater’s Canada Geese problem. The following documents were from December, 2015:
Edgewater Contract for 2016, which includes the contract between Edgewater and the USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, the Work Plan, and the Financial Plan.
Edgewater Resolution that approved the 2016 USDA geese killing.
NOTEWORTHY: Bergen County Freeholders passed a resolution against the killing of Canada Geese in 2010. Edgewater can do the same thing.
Edgewater Mayor And Town Council:
Your message: Now that the town (2/21/2017) has officially gone on record to use nonlethal, we will be watching to make sure it's not just lip service. Nonlethal methods are superior and if done properly, they will have fewer geese.
Mayor Michael J. McPartland: mayorMcpartland@edgewaternj.org or call 201-943-1700. Term ends: 12-31-2018.
Council President Anthony Bartolomeo:
Term ends: 12-31-2018.
Term ends: 12-31-2017.
Term ends on 12-31-2019.
Term ends on 12-31-2018.
Vincent J. Monte: CouncilmanMonte@edgewaternj.org
Term ends 12-31-2019.
Jose Luis Vidal: CouncilmanVidal@edgewaternj.org
Term ending 12-31-2017.
Need more proof? Watch this video: