NYC Audubon's statement
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Protesting the nest removal--December 2003
For all who weren't around at the beginning, or who don't know how to express their thanks, I'm reprinting Bruce Yolton's summary and thanks from his website--my sentiments exactly.
On Tuesday, NYC Audubon refurbished the nest at 927 Fifth Avenue. 72 pigeon spikes were removed, as well as three eggs. After three unsuccessful years, Pale Male and Lola will have a much better chance of having a successful nesting season this Spring.
I have the highest respect for the staff and board members of NYC Audubon, who undertook this project. The refurbishment required research and consultation with scientific experts, getting permission to modify the nest from the Co-Op board and government officials, and extensive and expensive technical planning and execution.
NYC Audubon usually focuses on education and conservation activities in New York City. To have focused on such a specific issue must have caused lots of discussion at board meetings. Kudos to Executive Director, Glenn Phillips, for having the courage to take on this important issue.
NYC Audubon is in the midst of its Annual Appeal for 2008. I encourage everyone to make a donation to NYC Audubon to thank them for helping Pale Male and Lola.
Photo to think about while crossing fingers
Ciro Monaco Jr. asks:
Regarding the nest spike removal, I have to ask whether the workers left the nesting material up there. I'm no expert and maybe this isn't the case, but it would seem removing the material would be a setback as Pale Male and Lola would again have to work endlessly to rebuild the nest and this would deplete their energy stores. Just wondering if you knew the answer.
John Blakeman answers:
Photo by Donna Browne - enlarged detail (showing spikes) of Blakeman's red-dotted photo below
Donna Browne sent me three photos of work being done at Pale Male & Lola's nest. Now you don't have to take my word for it.
Just received this news via e-mail
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 13:30:33 -0800 (PST)
From: lynn rollins
Subject: Re: Pale Male nestworkMission completed. Nest has been spring cleaned of almost 72 spikes(I would like to see all of us try to turn an egg without getting impaled). Three eggs were retrieved which will be sent to Ward Stone...they are still heavy so that makes it more interesting.The Mission was photographed and video taped. Pale Male made a nest stop while the engineer was being brought up to make sure everything was properly done and we hope he likes his new digs and brings his bride home to roost!Hats off to Sandy for her work. It was quite a feat to organize all these people...and many thanks are due to people who helped make it go so smoothly.Lynn
What does this mean?
1. The work on removing the spikes from the base of the cradle where Pale Male and Lola are nesting has been completed! The spikes were long considered a possible reason why the eggs haven't hatched for the last 3 seasons. Now let's hope they WERE the problem, because that problem no longer exists.
2. What are those 3 eggs? Those are the ones that didn't hatch last year and were never retrieved by DEC. They would have impeded the nesting process this year -- Pale and Lola would have had to work hard to remove them. Now they have been removed. Even better, they've been sent to Ward Stone, the wildlife pathologist of DEC in Albany. Perhaps he can still find material for analysis at this late date.
3. NOW, everybody, finger-crossing time.
And great thanks to the NYC Audubon and all the scientists who worked hard to make this valiant attempt at making the nest egg-worthy this year.