Why was this really necessary?  The study and data referenced is 25 years old 
and much has improved since then.  In an effort to reduce their numbers, many 
states, including New York, allow spring hunting of Snow Geese for at least 
over ten years, even though many are already carrying eggs.  In addition, these 
'breathtaking' flocks give many people of all ages joy and provide a means for 
many to start getting interested in birds and their causes that might not be 

From: bounce-126421229-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
<bounce-126421229-3493...@list.cornell.edu> on behalf of Charles Rouse 
Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2022 8:32 AM
To: 'eatonbirdingsoci...@groups.io' <eatonbirdingsoci...@groups.io>; 
cayugabirds-L@Cornell.Edu <cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese - A Huge Problem

Greetings All,

For all of you who have been seeing the Snow Goose “breathtaking spectacle” 
throughout the Finger Lakes area and think it’s just the coolest thing you’ve 
ever seen – think again.

A number of years ago I attended a program at MNWR which focused on the 
out-of-control Snow Goose population and the devastating effect they are having 
the tundra where they breed. Bottom line is that Snow Geese are destroying the 
ultra-fragile tundra, which is made up of primarily of lichens which grow 
exceedingly slow. Snow Goose foraging behavior causes them to uproot the 
lichens entirely rather than nip them off above ground, which results in a 
Tundra desert.

I encourage everyone to Google: Trouble on the Tundra: Snow Geese Under The 
Gun, by Howard Schneider, 1997. If this was a major concern 25 years ago, 
imagine what the effect is today.

Charlie Rouse

Geneva, NY

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