Today, good news: Bend Park & Recreation District announced in an abrupt turnaround that they will not kill any Canada Geese this year in Bend! I’m sure we don’t know everything that precipitated this decision, but we hope the constant pressure we put on BPRD to give humane methods a chance had something to do with it. A small, but important victory for Goose Watch Alliance. As I’m sure you’ve heard before:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead
Note: They are going to relocate an unspecified amount of “juveniles,” which will be traumatic for parents and young, breaking up families, and which will not affect the population in the long run because there are lots more geese in the area ready to move in to the parks. But the young are resilient and hopefully adult geese at the Summer Lake refuge will mentor them. And maybe as BPRD learns even more about humane methods of Canada Goose management, even this will not be necessary next year.
My friend Foster has tirelessly advocated for the geese, collecting 500+ signatures almost single-handedly, jumping through all the hoops for freedom of information act document requests, and fearlessly putting respectful but relentless pressure on the park board. This is the quote that came to his mind today:
The aftermath of nonviolence is the creation of the beloved community, while the aftermath of violence is tragic bitterness.
– Martin Luther King, Jr., 1957