Tuesday, April 09, 2013

FLASH! TAKE ACTION-The Horvarth's WINORR is Under Siege and Fireworks in Central Park During Nesting Season

 Photo Courtesy of WINORR

As many of you know Cathy and Bobby  Horvath (Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation) have been the folks to call for years in wildlife emergencies day or night.  Oyster Bay has decided they harbor "dangerous animals" and shouldn't be allowed to carry on their rehabilitation work though they are fully licensed.

  Read on....

NEW YORK CITY — Authorities are trying to clip the wings of one of New York's best-known wild hawk rescuers.
Wildlife rehabilitator Bobby Horvath, who rescues injured raptors and other creatures that run into trouble in the wilds of the city, is being threatened with closure by town officials in Oyster Bay, Long Island, after they said he ran afoul of local laws by keeping "dangerous animals" in a residential area.



The Central Park Conservancy which basically rules Central Park, has scheduled yet more fireworks for  Wednesday April 10th.  This time on Bethesda Terrace not far from Pale Male and Octavia's nest, as well as many other bird nests in the park. 

The Central Park Conservancy is celebrating Spring tomorrowA Spring Celebration is lovely but not one which is detrimental to the creatures one is celebrating.  The fireworks segment should be cancelled. 

 Fireworks have been known to cause not only disturbance to birds at roost, and flight from nests, but sometimes panic which ends in collisions and deaths.

This is the worst time of year for this sort of "entertainment" in Central Park. 

It is also against international law to disturb nesting birds.  Disturbing nesting birds is a crime according to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918

Below find a spot-on letter from longtime hawkwatcher Katherine Herzog, she who spotted Pale Male and Octavia in the uptown/downtown observation.
Dear Ms. Greenleaf,

Why in the world is the Central Park Conservancy increasing the number of fireworks displays?  As a former DPR employee and a Central Park patron for 37 years, I am extremely disheartened by your plans to begin fireworks displays at this sensitive time of year, the beginning of the Spring Bird Migration.

First it was New Year's Eve, then at the first Philharmonic Concert and later after EVERY summer concert.

Now, during the time of the Spring bird migration with many birds already preparing nests and some already sitting on eggs, including the famous red-tailed hawks, Pale Male and his new mate Octavia (73rd and 5th Avenue), I find it unconscionable that you would destroy the peace and harmony of Nature with this unnecessary onslaught of destructive noise.

Fredrick Law Omsted built this park to give New Yorkers a piece of Nature and the solace and beauty that this brings to the human soul.
He built it to give people a refuge of quiet, beauty and serenity - away from the teeming, noisy, chaotic streets.

The Central Park Conservancy increasingly is bringing all the chaos and noise from the streets INTO THE PARK and even amplifying it with these grotesque fireworks displays that sound, look and feel - like an active war zone.

Very sad for the people who care for the park and all of Nature's beautiful creatures who we are privileged to share it with....


Katherine Herzog

Those who wish to weigh in with an opinion on the situation may email Ms. Greenleaf at cgreenleaf@centralparknyc.org

But first read the following...
 A thought before you write... this can make one's blood boil, but please do attempt to be polite and astute in your objections.  If we come across as crazy people, our opinions are then too easily discounted, particularly by those who planned or approve of such anti-wildlife "entertainments" in the first place.
And for those out of town-- perhaps this sort of  negative treatment of wildlife in NYC might keep you from wanting to visit NYC and the park? Or to think negatively of the city?  If so, you too should write in. 

Donegal Browne

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