* * *May 22, 2012New York City Audubon71 West 23rd Street, Room 1523 (LD)New York, NY 10010-4166To Whom It May Concern:This letter responds to your solicitation of funds to insure, you say, that New York City’s hawks do not eat poisoned rats.Poisoned rats affect one species of birds in New York City, albeit a prominent one. But there is a far more important problem that affects all migratory birds in New York City and many resident species as well. Thanks to a decision made by the Parks Department just a few years ago, dogs may run unleashed in “designated areas” of the parks before 9 each morning, 365 days a year, including during migration. Before 9 is when nocturnal migrants feed. Nearly all of Central Park and all of the open areas of Prospect Park are a “designated area”. But dog owners don’t even abide by these restrictions, and nobody makes them. Go to the Central Park Ramble, or anywhere in Prospect Park, some time before 9, or to Central Park on a weekday afternoon. (I’m never there on weekends.). And the federal authorities are no better: go to Ft. Tilden or Plum Beach any time on a weekend, and see for yourself.I have never heard NYC Audubon taking a stand on this critical issue for birds. When you are prepared to do so, please let me know and I shall consider making a contribution.Sincerely,
Dog attack on a 3-year-old at a Bronx playground. The dog was tied up, but isn't the rule that dogs aren't allowed in playgrounds, period?
Hat-tip to Christina.
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About 3:45 this afternoon in Central Park, on the eest side of the lake around 74th Street, we found this scofflaw: