Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Duck, Duck, Goose - Continued

Photo from Adrienne's visit to Duck Lake at City Park, the "crown jewel" of Denver's park system:

From Adrienne Anderson
Yesterday morning, I went again to Duck Lake at City Park.  While there, I encountered a city worker for park maintenance, whose job now includes the task of going around the lake with a pitchfork and black plastic bags to pick up dead birds.  She said she'd picked up six dead birds already that morning, mostly cormorants. 
That this has become "normal," as city officials depict it in their public remakrs, reminds me of the frog in boiling water story.  If you boil a pot of water and put a frog in, it will immediately jump out.  But if you put a frog in water and slowly turn up the heat to a boil, it will allow itself to be cooked to death.  KUSA' report on this earlier this week said, "Denver Parks and Recreation says the birds die off at the park at about this time every year."
Adrienne Anderson

Editor's Note: Yesterday, I remembered that I have a US Senator who may be able to help in dislodging this study from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (see previous post). So I sent an email to Sen. Michael Bennet requesting that he do so. You also might consider emailing or phoning your Senator with a similar request. (email to or phone at (303) 455-7600.


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