Monday, June 15, 2009

Fowl Trouble

Watch out “fowl” villain!

Following the crash of US Airways Flight 1549 crash in New York’s Hudson river and the National Transportation Safety Board’s determination that migratory Canada geese (Branta canadensis) caused it, Canada geese are going to be fair prey.

According to the NTSB’s investigation, at least two female and one male geese got sucked into the plane’s engines which disabled the flight. There were 155 people in the plane, who thankfully got evacuated on time and in one piece.

The Canada geese however, are not looking too lucky at this point.

A recent news update states that New York City plans to trap and kill up to 2,000 Canada Geese this summer in an attempt to avoid the same collision. The next plane must not be so lucky when the next bird strike comes.

According to the report, the Canada Geese hunt will within five miles of Kennedy and LaGuardia airports. Aside from culling bird flocks on the airport property, it will now be expanded into other parts of the city including about 40 public parks.
Hmmm… animal rights groups will most likely be set to howling over this issue. But the question is, will saving Canada geese save human lives from bird strikes in planes?

But Canada geese are now considered as pests due to their huge number and since 1999, Wildlife Services has been engaged in lethal culls of Canada Geese primarily in urban or densely populated areas.

The Canada geese, aside from being a main culprit for plane bird strikes is also a suspect for the cause of an increase in high fecal coliforms at beaches.

The agency would addle goose eggs and destroy nests as part of their more humane population control methods for Canada Geese.

The roundup will be timed with the molting season, within a week when the geese can't fly.