As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

FEATHERS FLY: Brooklyn bird groups divided on mute swan plan

Advocates who track the graceful birds at Prospect Park and beyond differ on the Department of Environmental Conservation's proposal.


Bird advocates are goosed up — and flying in different directions in response to a state plan to eliminate wild mute swans within the next decade.

Activist group GooseWatch NYC points to the plan, released last month by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, as an example of human meddling, almost implying the policy is downright anti-American.

“It’s similar to the immigrants that come into this country,” said Jeffrey Kramer, a GooseWatch NYC volunteer. “We’re very hostile to them.”

The president of a Prospect Park-based birdwatching club, on the other hand, counters that the lithe longnecks are a menace.

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