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When the Coyote's Away ...

... the geese will play. Edgemont Park, cleaned up for Veterans Day, is an avian haven. (Thanks to Scot Surbeck for the image and the caption. He counted 70 geese this morning.)

November 16, 2005 in Scot's Photo Journal | Permalink


My boyfriend and I used to live on Valley Road and we considered Edgemont "our park." We always loved seeing the geese, ducks and the occasional crane. Now we live Brookside Park in Bloomfield and we still enjoy our walks and seeing the fowl.

Posted by: Krys | Nov 16, 2005 10:14:16 AM

That is a funny picture, I guess it means that the coyote statue, and the beach balls works. Who would have thunk it.

I like seeing the ducks - but only from a distance. In Brookdale park years ago a simple feed the ducks outing turned into the ugly battle of girl against fowl - that ended with me running with a toddler under each arm. Those kids never wanted to go back to Brookdale Park again.

Posted by: hrhppg | Nov 16, 2005 10:58:39 AM

No problem w/ the ducks and geese per se, but, damm, they leave a lot of waste on the fields. Stop by every once in a while for a little batting practice with my son and it's not a pretty scene.

Posted by: montclair_is_crazy | Nov 16, 2005 11:02:41 AM

I find it interesting that the bear hunt is on because people have moved into bear country and bears have started eating our garbage. The Canada goose problem started with people feeding the geese and changing their migration patterns. The real problem is that there are too many rats in the maze, and that some animals will suffer because of it. If I had to choose, the geese could go away forever. I still think we could manage the bears with some hunting, some relocation, and maybe some birth control.

Posted by: Conan the Grammarian | Nov 16, 2005 11:22:44 AM

Thank goodness my children aren't toddlers any more. They used to love Edgemont Park. "Daddy, look at the goosey!" And they'd run and run and fall in the goose poop, and their little hands would be caked with green organic matter, which they'd then rub on their pants and lick off their hands. And then there was little league. You haven't lived until you've seen your son pop a ball into the outfield, run around the bases and slide into the green slime at third base. Oh, those were the days.

Posted by: walleroo | Nov 16, 2005 12:14:59 PM

Thanks, Walleroo! Keep sending those out at lunchtime and I won't need my diet! LOL :)>

Posted by: Conan the Grammarian | Nov 16, 2005 12:31:36 PM

How ironic, we can land a man on the moon but can't get rid of the geese from the park.

Perhaps the township needs another high priced consultant to find a solution?

Posted by: Franklin | Nov 16, 2005 12:35:37 PM

We can indeed get rid of the geese. However, in doing so the township would would create a "gaggle" of "gander".

Posted by: cstarling | Nov 16, 2005 12:50:41 PM

With the new sinage maybe the mayor will want to put up a sign for the geese- since they are Canada Geese I propose that it say

Geese - get OOOOOUUUUT of here

in a Canadian accent of course

Posted by: exit_151 | Nov 16, 2005 12:51:25 PM

Turn it into Edgemont habitat sanctuary and let the foxes and the coyotes become the geese police.

Posted by: PAZ w/binos | Nov 16, 2005 11:21:51 PM

This is not a good issue to make fun of at others expense. Many in our town and the private contractor have worked very hard to rid the park of these dirty geese. Frankly i would endorse hunting them. Solving the goose problem is also part of the mayors agenda. He found it to be a high priority for funding to be allocated. So please be civil and respect our elected officials. Just to be fair i counted zero geese on saturday. It is working just fine.

Posted by: Sebastan | Nov 17, 2005 12:48:00 AM

That's the problem with nature, it's just so gosh-darn MESSY!!! The "goose problem?" Are you suggesting a "final solution" to said "goose problem"? I already proposed a Plexiglas dome for the park, but I don't know how well that fits into the notion of New Urbanism -- an idea whose Montclair interpretation apparently centers around the eradication of nature.

It's astonishing that you're able to comment on these matters at all, Sebastan (yep, that's CQ -- mind your spelling), what with your lips affixed to the collective posterior of Montclair's infallible public officials. I wonder if the money shelled out on the planning and implementation behind the coyote raft and fake goose floatables is equal to that spent on designing the Montclair log or placing directional signs on streets where no left turns are allowed.

Perhaps if folks left some green space open instead of trying to shoehorn every home possible on the last few remaining tracts of open land, the geese wouldn't have to worry about dodging buckshot fromt the likes of Sebastian. You want to put Hovnanian homes in the former deer thicket off Route 23 in Cedar Grove? You want to expand Montclair State University until it covers the entire Hillside? You want to let North Caldwell and Cedar Grove clearcut the Hilltop Reservation? This is the price you pay.

This is why yards, fields, etc. are good ideas.

Posted by: notteham | Nov 17, 2005 3:50:34 AM

Clearly, the geese are out for revenge.

I was in the park from about 1 PM to 2 PM yesterday, and the geese covered the lake and surrounding green areas. There were HUNDREDS of geese.

I don't know what sort of track record the control company we hired had, but I do hope their work came with a money back guarantee!

And if we still want to rid the area of geese, I would suggest we contact a university/federal or state wildlife expert and take a different approach.


Posted by: cary | Nov 17, 2005 8:14:44 AM

Sebastan (is that really how you spell it?)

What do you think those things floating in the water are? DECOYS

Nope, they are real Canada geese.

Maybe we just need a sign that says GEESE with an arrow pointing to the pond so that you can identify them.

Posted by: exit_151 | Nov 17, 2005 8:35:48 AM

Here's the solution: "Nature Under Glass!" Lovely to look at but keep it away from me. Pfft.

Posted by: Krys | Nov 17, 2005 8:51:54 AM

"...what with your lips affixed to the collective posterior of Montclair's infallible public officials."

Of course - you know how my mind works - I initially read this as "Montclair's inflatable public officials" & started wondering where I could get my own Giant Inflatable Remsen.

Posted by: crank | Nov 17, 2005 5:23:40 PM

"started wondering where I could get my own Giant Inflatable Remsen."

They're selling at overstock.com right now at a bargain price - problem is that this inflatable is carrying a sign that says "No Left turn"

You may want to wait for the one that says "keep your cats indoors" (it's a Watercooler joke).

Posted by: exit_151 | Nov 18, 2005 9:52:42 AM

Developing important ideas is akin to fertilizing the
Park. The geese where here before we moved in so let them have a small area to leave their mark on society. The Olympic Shop can use the business of supplying golashes to the town so we can all run through the muck and be kids for a few minutes!!!

Posted by: pooky | Nov 20, 2005 6:04:57 PM

Wasn't a scene from To Wong Foo shot there?!?!

Posted by: Dana de la Peachez | Nov 20, 2005 11:35:01 PM

There's an exterior shot of the monument at Edgemont Park in the movie, "To Wong Foo, Love, Julie Newmar." It passes for Bala Cyn Wyd, PA in the plot. Saw it in the theater when it came out and I was all a-twitter when I saw that scene.

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