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on Jun 9, 2011
Send them back to Canada Eh!!
I love the birds. It's nice to see them flourishing at Shoreline Park. When I visit with my kids and grand-daughter I enjoy pointing them out to them. Now that the city has received substantial payment from Google for land and structures, it should be able to afford to occasionally clean the golf course and the park. I have not seen much damage to the course and have never been bothered by the bird feces. Be kind (not cruel) to them, they are a delight to adults and kids alike.
We could kill 2 birds with one stone...no pun intended...Instead of giving money to the 'will work for food' crowd, let them catch geese for dinner.
Geese recruit their own to their "favorite" spot. Shoreline would be mine if I were a goose. Canada geese will eventually "forget" the location if less water is available. Goose poop is really nasty. Granted they are beauiful to look at but the reality of them leaving their tokens all over the golf course is not as lovely. Good call by the city to fill in the ponds.
The City can be real conservationists by auctioning hunting permits and allowing hunters to use the golf course during early morning hours to rid the course of geese and thin out the over population. Essentially the City can increase the revenue it derives from golf and add an additional revenue stream from hunting and be good environmental stewards in the process.
If you want to see birds, go to the zoo
I was just there yesterday, and I was shocked to see how filthy the area around the main lake (pond?) was! I've been there walking several times a week for the last few months, but hadn't been there for a few weeks and it was overwhelming- there were piles of bird poop everywhere! I'm sad they'll be filling in some of the ponds - it is such a lovely place, but if it helps get those birds out of there it might be worth it!
Hmm....I wonder what Alfred Hitchcock might say about all those birds gathering there... ;-)
I am a lot more interested in seeing birds than golfers, it would seem to be OK to fill in the ponds located inside the golf course but NOT the one in front of Michaels at Shoreline restaurant. I don't want to see any of this pond filled. It's one of the great pleasures of living in Mountain View to have lunch at Michaels and sit outside while looking at the water and the birds and water fowl. I was not aware that a meeting was being held on filling in a this pond, I would have spoken at the meeting against filling the pond even partly.
The birds don't bother me....it's pleasant to see them going in and out of the water. Bird poop aside, can't we find a humane roll for the geese to play?
I say lets keep the geese and get rid of the golfers. Make a beautiful park similar to Central Park in NYC. And of course since MV needs to have charges for everything nowadays, why not charge for people to visit and unlike Palo Alto Foothill park, open it to all people. Plant more trees, fruit trees, roses, and erect some statues, picnic tables, widen the ponds. We need to live as one with nature and all its lovely creatures, not destroy it and their habitat. Empathy and harmony people, what if you come back as a geese in the after life, how would you feel?
BIG CROW PROBLEM ON RISE.....IF YOU THINK GEESE ARE BAD LOOK @ THE CROW POPULATION EXPLOSION!!! JUST WAIT ANOTHER 10 YEARS AND LOOK OUT, THEY ARE TAKING OVER THE BIRD POPULATION. THEY KILL AND EAT BABY SONG BIRDS AND ARE A TERRIBLE SOURCE OF NOISE POLLUTION. JUST WAIT AND SEE IF NO ACTION IS TAKEN.........
I golf at Shoreline, and I *like* the ponds and the birds. I would be more inclined to golf elsewhere if the ponds and birds were gone.
Instead of wasting huge amounts of our money, maybe the town council could just hire some minimum-wage people to do cleanups. It would cost less. It would provide jobs. And, the prissy people would be mollified. I have no idea why they think that the outdoors is supposed to look like a carpet.
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